Electric fan question(1 post)
Me and my girlfriend stayed in a hotel last week in southern France. The place was very hot and we used the electric fan pointed at the bed at night, also we left the doors to the balcony open. After about 4 nights we got annoyed because we were waking up very cold (the fan was situated right next to the bed) so we decided to leave the fan off from then on. So after the 5th night we woke up, my girlfriend had red welts all over, about 2" in diameter. We then inspected the sheets and found adult bed bugs still crawling around in plain sight. BTW: I thought I didn't get bitten, but small welts appeared a few days later.
Could the electric fan have made a difference? Either we got bitten from night 1 and it just took a couple of days for the welts to appear, or could it be that the fan cooled our bodies and spread the CO2 enough to prevent the bed bugs from biting those first nights?
PS. Luckily I remembered the term "bed bugs" (I didn't know anything about them) and I was able to read up on the subject on my mobile phone while we were still in France. After we showed a Wikipedia entry to the owner (he never heard of them, not even the French term 'punaises des lit') he thought he could fix the whole problem with bug spray. Obviously me and my girlfriend weren't convinced and left the place. We went to another hotel, placed our luggage on the white bathroom floor and started bagging everything. After we got home we went straight to the balcony and left our luggage outside. We even stripped naked and threw the clothes on the balcony and jumped in the shower. The next day we washed everything at 120F and went on a cleaning/vacuuming frenzy. We haven't seen a bed bug (living or dead) yet. Now we're just praying we did all the right things and won't get infested...
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