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Bed Bugs, Disco-Style

April 12, 2005

I'm sitting at work, bored silly and thinking about how much I hate flourescent lights. For weeks, one of the lights overhead has been blinking off and on so much so that I feel like I'm at a really sucky disco and about to have an epiletic seizure. Luckily, today one of the great maintenence gods deemed fit to change the darn bulbs, dropping a box of wire-end things showering all over me like manna from heaven, or something. It was awesome, let me tell you.

I was researching for my upcoming trip, trying to figure out what I wanted to see in Paris and how to get a delicious and cheap meal in the city when I discovered a horror upon horrors that caused me to not wanna research anymore (today, not ever):

BED BUGS!

Gag! Apparently, these little vermin are a big problem at the Friends Hostel in Paris. Which wouldn't be such a big deal considering that I'm here in Greensburg and the Friends Hostel is far, far away in a magical land called France. Only I just made freakin' reservations for a week at the second cheapest hostel in France a'la Friends. Crap.

So I figured, the best bet is to be prepared. So, carefully culled from my googling today, here is my list of how to deal with bed bugs:

Dealing With Bugs In Yer Bed

1) Do NOT sleep naked in hostel beds. (This should be obvious but I'm just sayin')

2) Bring LYSOL (I couldn't find the word for Lysol in French.. can anyone help me out?)

3) Tea Tree Oil is effective for treating bed bug bites.

4) Some site about volunteering in Calcutta recommended getting plastic bedcovers and pillow cases to prevent bug bites.

5) If your stuff gets infested, toss everything in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill the buggers.

Ugh. Bed bugs??? *shivers*

Moira at 03:59 PM :: Comments (3) :: « :: »
Comments:

Seeing as Lysol is a brand name, I would assume it would be the same: le Lysol. You could also go to yahoo.fr and type in 'agents nettoyants' (cleaning agents).

Good night... Don't let the bed bugs bite! ;')*Ha ha ha ha ha* Oh, God I'm such a geek!

Posted by: Evan at April 14, 2005 12:10 AM

Allow me to be your "seim-official" French translator. I'm the French tutor, so does that give me any status? Eh...

Anyway, Lysol is (as Evan said) a brand name should be treated as such. Example: Coke--French people ask for le Coke. So you could expect to ask for le Lysol and get something similar. Asking for an "antibactérienne" would be a good idea :-)

Other comments: icky!!! :-p

Posted by: Karissa at April 14, 2005 11:11 AM

Thanks for the tips! I'm hoping that I don't have to actually invest in a can of "le Lysol" because I'm hoping the rumors of bed bugs are just that.. rumors... but just in case.. merci!

Posted by: moira at April 14, 2005 02:59 PM
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