'Living' Abroad(3 posts)
Hello, from another sleepless night in Colombia.
I moved here for a 6 month internship, staying at a hotel/hostel recommended by the last round of interns.
Restless nights are becoming more and more frequent, I am woken up by fully body itching and to find new welts/hives.
I finally lifted the mattress and it doesn't look good. Lots of dark stains and a bad smell. I have not sighted a bed bug yet - whenever I do have the light on to check I don't see anything, twice one night I found ants and thought they might be the culprit.
I don't have a specific question at the moment, just a vent and a 'shoulda known better'. My biggest concern at the moment is moving out of the room I am in (where I have been 'sleeping' a month), and ASAP, and how to do so without taking any bugs with me, not to mention the eventual move home to North America and the hassle that will be.... 3am and not feeling too positive.
So. Advice? Commiseration? Buck up? Go back to bed?
I assume you only brought clothes with you? You can run everything through a hot wash followed by hot dry. There are several FAQs here that will give you indications regarding length of time, etc. For items such as shoes, visual inspection can be used.
If you manage to move out of the room without the bugs, there's not reason to be worried about the move back to America. Good luck to you, and try to sleep, you're going to need to be focused
PdeL has good advice about how to treat stuff to eliminate bed bugs. There's also an additional post about what to do if exposed in our Travel FAQs.
Have you talked to the proprietors about treatment? Bed bugs can be treated and I would think they would be interested in keeping you happy since you're obviously part of a larger customer base.
Remember also that even if a hotel has bed bugs, they often are not in every room. They may be able to move you. (When they are in every room, of course, this suggests a severely neglected situation, but that's another story.)
Budget accommodations are getting savvier about this problem and hopefully they are aware and will know what to do.
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