bite. No, bites. All over my left side. And some on my back… and a couple on the right. The bed bugs got me, and I didn’t have a say in the matter.
The high rate of population turnover in Banff make it an ideal spot for bed bug infestations. A lot of people staying in hostels and B&Bs in the area have reported bed bugs. And a huge seasonal population mean that there’s a lot of turnover in rental houses, and a lot of chances for people to come in from other areas with infested clothes or bedding, and spread the pest. Ski bums with no money grab some furniture and a mattress of the street to furnish their new apartment, and bingo, instant bed bug infection.
Bed bugs used to be a lot more common, back when the above phrase was coined – but then man invented DDT, and went round smiting things with it. But in recent years, bed bugs have been making a comeback: they’re cool again! And they like to hide in your things, and in your house, and in your mattress, then come out at night and drink your blood (no really). Oh, and as they’re really good at hiding, and aren’t really tempted by insect traps, they’re also really hard to get rid of. I’m overjoyed.