My Wife was going to a Convention at Durham College, and a few days before she was to leave, I read an article on CTV's website about the new epidemic of Bed Bugs. I then started to google more about the subject, and to my surprise the same word "epidemic" was being used to describe the condition all over North American cities. Just before my Wife left, I told her about what I had learned (she's a clean freak) and handed her a small magnifying glass, and a print out of basic instructions on what to look for. I said, look, the chances are 1000 to 1 you're not going to find anything, so don't worry too much this is just a precaution. She sighed and said, OK thanks for worrying me to death now. Well, wouldn't you know she calls me from the Hotel and says she found a small bug under the mattress on the box spring near the headboard. I asked her what it looked like and she said it was small, oval, and brown. I asked her, was it about the size of a sesame seed and she said yes.
She immediately called the front desk and told them what she had found. The lady at the desk said: That's no good, we'll find you another room right now. Before my Wife took anything into the next room she spent 1 hour searching everywhere (I was on the cell) I told her to She didn't find anything in the new room. Then she went bought 2X size Ziplocs and anything that went into the new room was Ziplocked.
The next day she told some of her co-conventionists (at the hotel next door) about what happened (figured they should know too) and they couldn't stop laughing. She was a little annoyed at these people's cavalier attitude about the situation. They won't be laughing if they find out they've transported this parasite to their homes, and then find out what a nightmare an infestation of bed bugs can be to eliminate from your home. If you can eliminate them. And the cost is apparently huge with no guarantees they can get rid of them.
What are the odds that the first room she goes into after I read these stories has bed bugs? Now I completely understand that all these articles I'm reading is not just media hype. There really is an epidemic out there. Needless to say my hotel days are done for a while until this problem is addressed with proper insecticides, and not the "green" garbage that's being used today, with no results. It's a perfect storm for these parasites, the ban on insecticides (that actually work) and the explosion in world travel.
Be Aware People.
Sorry for the long post.
PS: The hotel was the Marriott in Whitby. They were good about it reducing the room price (even though the college was paying for it) and flagging the room.