You remember the movie ‘A bug’s life?’. Well its one of my all time favourites (I love animation movies in case you don’t know). It changed my view on all kinds of insects and bugs for……the length of the movie. OK a little longer than that. Every time i saw a bug of any kind, i would give it a second thought before smashing it to pulp, unless it was really bugging me(pun intended). Now that’s all in the past because of these wretched things called bed bugs. Luckily luckily we don’t have the problem of bed bugs in India. Of all the places, i find them in Australia? “Abroad”, in the so called “foreign country”, where everything is supposed to be spic and span and clean. Where people don’t litter, where you don’t find dirt, and where some of the people look at you like dirt just because you are an Indian.
The general idea that people from other countries have about India is that of a poor, starving nation, with dirty children, garbage and flies all around and litter everywhere. For all those ‘frogs in the well’ who think this is the case… well i hate to burst your bubble but am going to do so. Its not specific to India. Yes there are places like that, but that does not mean that the whole country is littered with garbage and that we are all living on one huge pile of rubbish. It also does not mean that the other countries are the cleanest nations in the whole wide world. There are places in your countries too (Hey i can spot out as many as you want) that are dirty, polluted and crawling with bed bugs and the likes.
Did you know that there is a heavy breakout of cockroaches and bed bugs all over Australia over the past few years? Yes that’s what the pest control guy said. So did google.
It took a month to discover the cause for all those angry red bumps all over my arms. With no experience at all with bed bugs, it dint cross our mind in the begininng that we should look for them. One fine day, after a particularly long session of itching and scratching, we took the whole bed apart, and to our horror discovered bed bugs! When this is such a common problem (as claimed by the pest control guy) you’d think that they’d have some kind of disinfectant or sprays available. Apparantly they don’t. You have no choice but to call the pest control guys who make you burn a HUGE hole in your pocket, and end up leaving the job half done. They guy took hardly five minutes to spray something (he wouldn’t tell us what spray he was using) all over the room and he left, inspite of us repeatedly telling him to check all the nooks and corners and spray inside the cupboards and blah blah…
As predicted, a few lucky(or unlucky) ones survived. We were so peeved we decided to take the matter into our own hands (there was no way he was coming back after he boastfully said ‘I’ve never been called back anytime until now’ ) and i think, i think they are all gone. We searched, cleaned, killed and vaccummed like crazy!
Half this post is me venting out steam against all those biased against India. Half against the damn bed bugs that bit me and sucked my blood for a whole month and didn’t let me sleep. Also there is no way am going to step back and watch and let someone have a go at India!