A woman was left horrified after waking up in her hotel room only to discover she was bitten over two hundred times as she slept.
65-year-old Sharon Haslam was staying at the Calypso Hotel in Blackpool, England, with her friend when she suffered around 200 “big red” blotches all over her body and face overnight.
According to Haslam, the last-minute booking at the hotel cost them nearly $200 for two nights, whereas she and her friend were staying in the town to attend a friend’s birthday party.
Rather than having a pleasant experience for the amount they paid, however, the pair were greeted by hungry bed bugs.
“Some of the bites have turned into purple marks. I don’t know if they are going to go – I think going to be marked all down my arm. We are on four weeks already, and I’ve still got a big red mark on my face, under my eye,” Sharon admitted.
“And in total honesty, it’s made me paranoid. If I get up to go to the toilet in the night, normally I would just go to the loo with the light off. Now I will turn the lights on and check the bed.”
The horrified woman continued: “They live under skirting boards, and they lay their eggs in the seem of the mattress. They don’t come out during the day, they come out in the dark… They see you as a meal, and they feed on you and scuttle off to wherever they go.”
Recalling the morning after she and her friend were bitten all over their bodies, Haslam said she noticed specs of blood all over their bed sheets. She even caught one bed bug to prove her point to the hotel staff.
Following the shocking experience, Sharon visited a doctor and was prescribed antibiotics and antihistamine medicine to deal with itchiness and prevent a potential infection.
“As soon as I arrived home, my partner took my luggage to the tip. We tied up the clothes in air-tight bags and then opened them in the washing machine and washed them,” she added.
The hotel in question has since responded to Sharon’s claims and insisted that an inspection two days prior to the two women’s stay showed no evidence of bed bug infestation.
“We have had few complaints about the bug issues. We take any complaint regarding bed bugs very seriously and deal with it immediately. Most of the times customers complain just to get refund. A few weeks ago we had had two rooms complaining about the same and when we checked with a UV torch no evidence was found,” a Calypso Hotel spokesperson said.
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