I live in fear of bed bugs.
Thankfully we’ve never had any issues with them, largely due to extreme vigilance on our part. If we see anything that remotely resembles a bed bug, we go into DEFCON 1 protocol.
All soft goods are stripped and heat treated in a commercial drier, our mattresses are unbagged and treated with a heat gun, we take apart bed frames and linen drawers and inspect them with flashlights. We’ve got it down.
And we inspect the mattresses between every client. Every. Single. One.
So imagine how surprised I was to find what I thought was a live bedbug lying on its back in the bathroom. The bathroom! And during the day! It’s like it fell off something because those suckers (literally) don’t come out in the light and they certainly don’t hang out on hard surfaces.
But still, we inspected the whole house and found nothing. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to be handling loads of scorching hot linens when it is 100 degrees outside already.
We never got to the bottom of it. We didn’t find any other bugs or their eggs. It was a mystery.
Until yesterday a friend show me a bug that looked like this, only a little hairier.
She has the cleanest house ever. She doesn’t suffer from clutter like we do, nor does she have a revolving door of guests. Lonny didn’t know how to break the news to her but then by serendipity something happened. He saw a bat. In our house. At night.
I was already in bed when a bat started flying around the living room. I didn’t realize we had bats and I don’t have anything against them; I would prefer they stay outside, though. Lonny spent two hours chasing around with a butterfly net before he could go to bed. He figured that it was nesting in the walls somewhere. Remember my post about my house being infested by vampires?
It must have come in through hole in the bathroom ceiling chase that Lonny made years ago to extract a pesky squirrel. Fortunately they can’t get into any of the rental spaces. They migrate away in October so he’ll seal up any penetrations to keep them out next spring.
But what’s interesting is that there is such thing as a bat bug. It’s looks exactly like a bedbug only it is hairier and hitches rides on bats, which would explain that bug sitting on my bathroom counter in the middle of the day and perhaps my neighbor’s bug situation.
Who knew? I guess we better start wearing garlic necklaces to keep them away.
Time to cut the crap.
Here’s a fantastic piece in the local paper about Kenneth Kao, a chiropractor, Parkour instructor at APEX Movement and a Pole instructor at Vertical Fusion. He’s dynamite and so is the article. It might change how you feel about the pole.