Caitlin Coyle’s Blog

Don’t let the bedbugs bite…

Posted in Uncategorized by caitlincoyle on May 31, 2009

antsI found ants in my bed. Four nights in a four-star hotel, and still, ants. Small ones, big ones, fast ones and slow ones.

Upon first discovery, I brushed them away…mildly grossed out, but nothing worth changing a room over.

I proceeded to search the entire rest of my bed, going as far as to rip off the sheets and dig deep under my mattress…no further sign of ants.

I quickly searched my roommate Lisa’s bed…no ants.

Thinking I had killed the only sign of bugs, I went to bed under the impression my room was ant free.

However, the next three nights only brought more ants. A rational person would have simply changed rooms. But I was on a mission; I had to find the source of the ants.

Could it have been a fallen pillow chocolate? Cracker crumbs from the previous guest? The sweet scent of my perfume on the sheets?

Maybe it was the free internet connection in my room. Maybe it was that I had already unpacked for the eleventh time on this trip. Or maybe it was the hours of sleep I forfeited to ponder the insects who were sharing my bed…Whatever the reason, I did not change rooms.

I write this post from Aleppo, a town five hours north of Damascus.

It is my first night in a new, insect-free bed and still I lie awake, thinking about the ants…


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  1. mleiter4 said, on May 31, 2009 at 6:41 am

    your “sweet perfume on the sheets” really?!?!

  2. Carol said, on May 31, 2009 at 1:53 pm



  3. Sandy Raymond said, on May 31, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    YUK!!!! I hate ants, bugs, any creepy little creatures, especially in a bed……what a drag. Hope you get some sleep and the last leg of the trip is bug free! smile


  4. Tim Daly said, on June 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    LOL. Amazing I have been saying that to Stephanie since she was a baby and it was just a saying-now it has meaning! “Don’t let the bed bugs bite”.

  5. Cate said, on June 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    i loooove this entry. i can just picture you steaming over these little ants… xoxcate

  6. Amy Bates said, on June 4, 2009 at 2:55 am

    OMG hahaha I agree with your mom at least no BED BUGS!!! AHHH!

  7. Evan Bryan said, on July 15, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Absolutely hilarious blog entry, Caitlin! I was writing a blog entry about my own ant story when I stumbled upon yours. You have a great sense of humor and a way of bringing your stories to life! If you want to read my blog entry on ants you can find it here:

    The title is “Freaking Ants.”


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