Anonymous on 07/06/2015
Same as a person above, I just dropped my things in the room. Think it was room 223. Room was on the first floor to the left past the women's washroom, all the way to the end of the corridor on the right overlooking the street. It is what they call a private room and has a double bed . . .
I stayed only three nights then moved on. I did notice some small red spots down my back, but just thought they were because of eating drinking in the city as I often get that on a city brea
k eating out all the time rich food.
A few days later I started scratching the back of the upper part of my arm while I was out in the evening but did not think anything of it.
When I woke up in the morning the top of my back felt sore & itchy . . .
When I went into the bathroom I couldn't believe it,
I was covered in red welts . . . .
40 to 50 down each arm. 25 to 35 on each hand.
Numerous down my back.
I went to the doctors, he counted 70 down my back, I said I don't know if it is an allergic reaction or insect bites or something like Measels, he told me it was BedBugs and it was quite common.
Over the next couple of days more bites became apparent down my legs and feet.
I just counted 57 bites down one arm and 24 down the other.
It is like having Chicken Pox . . .
I wouldn't wish this on anyone.
I was looking for the City Health department's contact details and came across this site.
Anonymous on 10/13/2011
October 7th 2011. Stayed on the top floor to the left in a single bed room. Next day I woke up to bites all over my back, shoulders, arms, hands. Blood on the bed from where I must have squashed one of the fuckers.
James S. on 07/15/2011
The 13th of July/2011 was my very first stay at The Cambie Hostel Gastown on Seymour street in Vancouver B.C.
I was given room 119.Basically dropped my stuff off and went out.Returned late, went directly to bed.Was awoken numerous times "itching".This proceeded to get worse, to the point I got out of my lower bed, and threw on track pants and a shirt.I then left for the Tv room and the ordeal subsided.
Returning,I then lay on top of my covers.This time noticing the new "itching" was on the
exposed parts of my body.ie. (lower arms & feet)
The following morning I had a strong suspicion what had happened, as it's common knowledge there's a bed bug infestation in Vancouver's East Side, of which the Cambie Hostel Gastown is on the outer border of said infestation. Although, I had wrote it off as possibly a reaction to some medication I had taken for severe back pain.I was actually hoping it was this. The following night would be the telltale, as I was not taking the meds.
The following day (July 14/11) I also had the opportunity to grab the upper bunk, which I did.This time I went to bed with my track pants on. Same thing, I began noticing itching on my exposed parts. After a very restless night, I managed to catch one of the elusive little bastards running on my arm and onto the sheets.Upon checking the Web, it was most definitely a bed bug.
I estimate I was bitten close to 20 times.