Bed Bugs

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Saturday, March 19, 2011

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I woke up soon after dawn.  In the dim light, I noticed spots on the pillow.  I turned on a light and discovered they were blood spots.  After more checking, I discovered that two of the spots were bed bugs.

Unfortunately, I've found bed bugs in a hotel room before but, on the plus side, at least I already knew how to deal with the problem.  I called around to find an auto body shop that had a paint oven and that would bake my car.  Since it was Saturday, it wasn't easy to find one but I eventually one agreed.  Then I got a change of clothes out of the car, packed them in freezer bags, took a shower, packed the clothes I had been wearing into freezer bags, loaded everything from the room into the cargo box I have mounted on my trailer hitch, went to the motel office and demanded my money back and headed for the body shop.

Bed bugs die at around 110 degrees.  I took everything out of the cargo box, spread it around the car where it would get good airflow and had everything baked at around 150 degrees for a couple hours.  This was probably overkill, since I'll be heading to the desert shortly but at least I don't have to worry about spreading them myself in the mean time.  It cost me $200, which the motel didn't help cover, and several hours to take care of the problem.

I then drove to Keystone, CO, where I have a reservation for the next three weeks at a condo at the base of the Keystone ski area.  It was warm and there was very little snow until I got into the mountains in Summit County, which are fairly high.  It didn't look encouraging for spring skiing.
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Chas on

No artwork before the baking? You need some bedbugs painted on the side and x'd off , like the WWII fighters had enemy kills on their airplanes...

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