Augh!! I shouldn’t have read that bedbug link. Now I’m all freaked out.
My bedroom is extremely messy (really bad habit…every time I clean it I swear I’ll never mess it up again but a week later it’s back on track to being a complete “pig pen”), and 2 years ago I was watching TV on my bed (I have a little portable one from the 80s) and suddenly in front of me was a little black shell-looking thing. I figured, “Woah, some sort of ninja bug…I didn’t even notice it moving there.” I hate bugs (especially spiders) so I’m usually well aware of anything moving that shouldn’t be, especially right in front of me on my bed. So I “killed” it (though apparently that could have just been a shell, since it didn’t seem to move at all…I figured it was just stupid and didn’t realize what my superior hunting skills were about to bring down on it). Then when I looked around on my bed, I freaked out because there were like 6 more of them, and on my headboard thing too. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep that night.
For a few weeks they kept appearing and I kept killing them…I figured these were the evil “bed bugs” everyone always said to watch out for (“sleep tight”…thanks for the clear instructions, what the hell does that mean?!), and decided to try getting rid of them. I went to a friend’s house for a few days, and before I left I closed my window in my room, sprayed a TON of bug spray (Raid I think) all around the sides of the bed (not on the sheets because for all I know that’ll kill me), and in the space between my bed and headboard (it’s like a little dark void down there, I don’t know WHAT’S living there). When the room was sufficiently foggy, I closed the door and left. Came back 3 days later, opened my window and turned on two fans, let the room air out for a day, and by night it was sleepable. Didn’t see anymore of the damn things and I was happy.
Then they came back a while ago (a few months maybe…start of winter I guess) and again freaked the hell out of me. I don’t know if they just “appeared” or if they were eggs hatching or something (gross), but they used their ninja stealth to appear in front of me whenever I was laying on my bed. I was reading a comic book when the Terminator Bed Bug decided it wanted to kill me…Something “fell” on my book (made a hard tap/scrape sound as it dropped along the page and onto my chest). I looked at it and almost crapped myself…It was the same as the little bugs (a few of which I had finally seen crawling but REALLY slowly) in it’s physical attributes except it was bloody HUGE. I’m talking the size of the top piece of finger above the last knuckle (which is ginormous when you’re used to seeing them only a few millimeters big). Well I don’t need to explain my girlish screams of terror as this thing crawled up to try to gnaw on my neck, but eventually I killed it.
I did the same spraying thing (but sooner this time…like 2 seconds after I killed the UltraBug) and again it seems to have worked. I haven’t seen them since. After reading that link though, I’ve probably got about a zillion eggs under my bed (it’s got drawers and stuff under blocking the way, so I can’t just look under like with some people’s beds)…I’ll definately be having trouble sleeping tonight, heh…
Anyway, just thought I’d share my experience. As far as I know, loading them down with spray in the room for a while will get rid of them…just don’t spray it on food or your pillow or something that you’re going to be putting your mouth or eyes on, heh.
- Tsugumo (warning: I have NO idea what I’m doing so for all I know my bedroom is now a waiting chemical death trap and will explode in a mushroom cloud if I light a match in it)