Dear 100 Hour Board,
During a recent storm, a neighbor family asked to take shelter in our home, which has a basement. They stayed for a few hours. Several weeks later, the mom in the family confessed that they'd had a bed bug problem. Now, my daughter has been waking up with little suspicious bumps.
I don't know what we would have done differently if she'd told us that her family had bed bugs, but I am furious that we now have a huge extermination expense, plus bites all over my sweet kiddo. I'm having a hard time even interacting with my neighbors, and I feel like we're gross and dirty for having bed bugs. How can I get over this?
Have professionals check for things first (exterminator for infestation signs, doctor to see if they are actually bedbug bites). If that's already been confirmed, then there's really nothing you can do about it other than just pay for the exterminator and treatment for your daughter. If you're wondering about getting over the social awkwardness that you now have with the neighbor, then you just kind of have to deal with it. How to deal with someone who isn't upfront and honest is a method that will vary person to person. If you want to forgive them totally and invite them over next week, that's great; or you cold tell them that you're offended about their choice; or you could never talk to them again. It's all up to you!