On Saturday, July 30, I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
In fact, it was the worst day I’ve had in a very long time. I don’t really even want to tell you about it-but at the same time I feel the urgent need to warn you of the unseen dangers so that you may never have to experience what I have.
So let me warn you now: This post is a little gross but I still think you should read it.
The day started as any other Saturday would. I woke up, grabbed a cup of coffee, and settled down on the couch to make my weekend to do list. I was in quite a good mood because after a busy July, I finally a completely plan-free weekend. I thought that it would be relaxing and refreshing. I was so, so wrong.
It all started whenever I got out of the shower and noticed that I had some type of rash on my arm. It didn’t itch or anything, it just looked a little weird. I knew that it had to come from somewhere so I started turning down the covers on my bed and inspecting all layers of blanket, pillow, and mattress.
And to my horror upon horrors I found bugs.
A quick google search confirmed that they were, in fact, bed bugs. I honestly can’t remember if screamed or cried first.
Now let’s pause for a minute because I want to make sure that you understand that I do not have a filthy, dirty house. I dust, mop, vacuum, etc. every single week. We have a nice house and nice new furniture. My house is clean, I promise! We didn’t get bed bugs because I don’t clean often or good enough.
I honestly don’t know how we got bed bugs but I suspect that we picked them up on a recent trip to the Smoky Mountains.
And so now you know why last week was a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad week.
Naturally, finding out that we had bed bugs wasn’t bad enough. We also were in the middle of switching my phone service over and visited 5 stores before we got that fiasco figured out and I had to buy a new phone. Brian’s parent’s wanted us to go out to eat with them in a nice restaurant on the other side of the Ohio River. We drove 30 minutes until we found out that the bridge was closed and had to turn around and drive 30 minutes back home. Whenever we finally reached the restaurant and hour later we were told that there was a 2 hour wait. We left. Not a good day.
But the bed bug situation became more horrifying with each passing day. On Monday I met with 2 inspectors and learned that the only way to get rid of them was to heat our entire home to over 120 degrees. This costs well over $1000 but it is literally the only way to get rid of them. And of course there is still a chance that they will come back. Not a real comforting thought.
We spend Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night removing anything that could melt or explode from our house and washing everything we own in scalding hot water and running it through the hot dryer.
On Thursday the giant truck backed into our driveway (No way to hide that from the neighbors) and cooked our home and then sprayed it with poison just in case. Whenever we came home that evening our house was 94 degrees and there were dead flies all over the floor.
Horrible. I’m telling you this was absolutely horrible.
By Saturday we had our house back to normal, bug bed proof covers on our mattress, box springs, and pillows and just about everything washed.
I want to put this all behind me, but I know that there is a waiting period to see if they are going to come back.
And so I have lost my peace. Every time I pull back the covers I feel nauseous and I want to cry. Whenever I vacuum the house for the third time each day I wonder if I’m losing it and if the paranoia will ever go away. So perhaps you could pray that I would have peace again and that all the bed bugs would be dead?
I am still pretty nervous about sharing this because I don’t want people to think that my house is dirty or that I am a nasty person because I’m not. Bed bugs are excellent at taking over despite how clean or dirty your house is.
I hope that you have learned from my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day and that you will take these precautions so that you never have to go though what I have been through.
- Buy high quality, bed bug proof, mattress covers for all of your bedding.
- Wash all your bedding in hot water often-especially after a trip.
- Never, ever put your suitcase on the floor or bed at a hotel. Use the luggage rack or a desk or anything but the floor.
- If you start seeing little block or red dots on your sheets it’s bed bugs.
- Never ever put your purse on the floor at a public place. It’s just not worth the risk of picking up bugs. After a trip wash everything in hot water and run it through the dryer before you bring it in the house.
- Check the bed and mattress before you bring your luggage into a hotel room and if you have any doubts at all-run away as fast as you can.
- Don’t think that it won’t happen to you just because you are a clean person.
Well that’s about all I want to say about that. I realize that there are worse things that people go through in life but right now I can’t see past this. No happy ending here just yet. I’ll celebrate and sleep tight in a year if they don’t come back.