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My Spanish Bedbug Experience

Ibiza-plageSo my European travel adventures continue… as I mentioned in my post about Italy, Ibiza was our next destination. I had a wonderful time on the sunny Spanish island and stuffed myself silly with Tapas washed down with Sangria. The seven days of absolute luxury was great until the bed bugs crawled out the woodwork.

On the fifth night my partner complained of a crawling sensation. I ignored him.  He snapped the lights on. We searched the bed. Nothing. The next day he woke up with bites on the neck, back and shoulder; strangely I was unbitten. Bedbugs leave evidence behind – tiny spots of blood. There were red dots on the sheets. “Bedbugs!” I shrieked. Although the trip was lovely we had got to the point where we were ready to go. We were even feeling itchy when we were out and about, not sure if that was just a psychological thing or not.

bed_bug_cimex_lectulariusWe arrived home at about 3am and although exhausted I  put everything from Ibiza; luggage, clothing etc in a large black plastic bag and sealed it up. First thing in the morning we put everything in the washing machine on a hot wash and then into the tumble dryer. I have to admit we did feel itchy for the first few days we were back, but again I think that was a physiological thing. Just to be extra sure, we put fresh linen on the bed and since then we haven’t itched (touch wood).

Whether or not we had a bed bug experience I am unsure, I did mention it to the hotel receptionist who didn’t even know what bed bugs were, and when I attempted to explain, she wasn’t particularly concerned. I am glad I work in pest control as I knew how to prevent the problem spreading in our home. I think I can safely say, two and a half weeks later, that I have officially combated my first bed bug travel experience… lets hope it’s the last.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted November 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Makes me itch just thinking about it…..

  2. Posted November 25, 2010 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Fingers crossed it was the only bed bug experience during holidays. Looking at the sudden global resurgence of bed bugs, I guess there are not many places left in this world that are bed bug free.

    Bed bug bites do itch quite some time, so that might explain the itchiness even, when not in the hotel room.

  3. Posted November 25, 2010 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Kennedy, you are a very unlucky girl, you find pests everywhere you go!

    I have to say that in Spain we have other things apart from bed bugs, and that it is more likely to find bed bugs in Ibiza because of the huge amount of tourists that go there throughout the year; with sun, party going 24/7, tapas and sangría, what more could you wish for!!

    People in Spain can find out more about bed bugs on our web site : http://www.rentokil.es/particulares-hogares/insectos-arrastrantes/chinches/index.html

  4. Posted May 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Argh! I really really hate them! It ruins your travel trip.

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