NO GOOD BE­ING IN DE­NIAL ABOUT BED­BUGS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE -

Port Dou­glas is the per­fect panacea to Syd­ney win­ter tem­per­a­tures for some­one with a spinal cord in­jury who feels the cold, and it’s been my des­ti­na­tion of choice for more than 20 years.

So it’s with a heavy heart that I leave this time after a trau­matic two weeks hav­ing a first-time-ever hy­per al­ler­genic re­ac­tion to bed­bugs caus­ing a ma­jor body-wide ir­ri­ta­ble rash and re­quir­ing med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion and in­som­ni­ain­duc­ing steroids (as well as the pre­ven­ta­tive need to de­stroy clothes and lug­gage).

No one can help my al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to the bug: it could hap­pen with up to 20 per cent of peo­ple ap­par­ently.

Nor can they help the fact that nightafter-night I was be­ing bit­ten from the same bed (be­cause there were no al­ter­na­tive ac­ces­si­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions any­way and I didn’t at that stage have the proof as they’re very hard to find).

But, once an ac­tual bed­bug was found on the bed at 5am one morn­ing, surely the apart­ment owner rent­ing out to guests had a level of re­spon­si­bil­ity that should have been ex­pected to as­sist us.

Far from it, the own­ers of the

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Top row, from left: Va­lerie, Re­nata, Tony (and Gypsy), and Maddy. Front: Narelle and Laura

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