But as was all too common in such imperial outposts, three of Sam's children died, as did his wife, not from an exotic disease but from typhus caught from bedbugs in a European hotel.
If you have been bitten by fleas, mites, or bedbugs you may have an infestation in your home, such as on one or more of your pets, and should try to find the infestation and get rid of it.
But I've stayed in worse places, at inns with mattresses that had to be checked for bedbugs .
In the last couple of months I have been bitten by bedbugs and had to deal with this problem.
Spiders typically bite only once, so if you're finding multiple sites of assault, the culprits might be fleas, mites, or bedbugs .
A couple complained their bed was full of bedbugs .
If a homeowner had his home treated for cockroaches, for example, the insecticide would kill bedbugs and other insects as well.
One of the bedbugs even managed to stay latched on behind my left knee for the drive back to Dublin.
Infected premises have to be doused with pesticides, but bedbugs are becoming resistant to the chemicals usually used to kill them.
It's not uncommon at all to battle bedbugs for a period of months, and some infestations as much as a year.