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DaniB
09-02-2010, 07:37 PM
Yeah, I know... another bed bug thread. But this one has a twist!

After reading thread after thread, posting after posting - now I'm wondering just HOW MANY people really end up in a hotel/resort room with bed bugs? :scared1:

I'm looking forward to Disney, but I'm starting to freak out about spending a night in Buffalo, then 9 nights in Disney, and another night in Buffalo!

Lets put a limit though shall we? How about voting only for your last 3 stays somewhere.

BTW, the poll is NOT public.

angwill
09-02-2010, 07:41 PM
I have stayed in 9 different hotels this summer and had 0 encounters with bed bugs. I do a bed check as soon as I get in the room and look in drawers and under chairs. Just be prepared and know what to look for. It is a chance you take if you want to travel nowadays and being informed is important so you don't panic.

HTH

dvc at last !
09-02-2010, 07:49 PM
I have stayed in 9 different hotels this summer and had 0 encounters with bed bugs. I do a bed check as soon as I get in the room and look in drawers and under chairs. Just be prepared and know what to look for. It is a chance you take if you want to travel nowadays and being informed is important so you don't panic.

HTH

When you do a bed check etc. - what do you look for ?

nan214
09-02-2010, 07:54 PM
no encounters with bed bugs at ANY hotels.....but at my work, a different story!!:scared1::scared1::scared1:
I was spraying myself with pure alcohol everyday before leaving work (alcohol dries out the bed bugs and there eggs and does kill them, per the exterminator - but does NOT prevent them or resolve them if you are infested) I guess they are everywhere, even in movie theaters...

angwill
09-02-2010, 08:08 PM
I pull off the corner of the bedsheets in the corners farthest from the windows and look in the cracks of the mattress and underneath for brown dried blood stains or the bugs themselves. Really look un the seams good. I will turn over and look in the cracks of chairs or in drawers for the same staining/bugs. HTH Do a search for bedbugs and you will get pictures and info on how to look for them. To me they look like a tick.
HTH

of the seas
09-02-2010, 08:11 PM
I never have. And we have stayed in some questionable places when we were driving cross country and needed some sleep desperately!

suzannekelder
09-02-2010, 08:12 PM
i work in a hotel, a reputable chain hotel, that infrequently has a pest problem. you can usually find them in the box spring! they like it there more than the mattress.

themilesfamily
09-02-2010, 08:14 PM
Do a search for bedbugs and you will get pictures and info on how to look for them.


I Googled it. That was horrifying!! :eek:

Chaoticsweetness
09-02-2010, 08:25 PM
Me & my sister stayed at Pop in 2007, she woke up one morning with a bunch a bug bites on her leg. At first we didn't really think about it, except it occured to us it was Dec & there was a cold spell, which causes mosquitos not be buggy. So we went to one of the parks, I think AK that day. A CM was really concerned because it seemed she was having an allergic reaction, her leg swelled up, very red & very irritated; he mentioned the unthinkable that it might be bedbugs. When we go back to the hotel we went by the front desk & they upgraded us to preferred room (nice, but it was our last night) & said that they would take care of the last night stay. & gave us a $100 gift card for our troubles. But not once did the CM at the front desk acknowledge that there were bedbugs, but instead tried to please us.....we haven't stayed there since.

huckster
09-02-2010, 08:56 PM
never and we travel alot of places

Tinkerbellie16
09-02-2010, 09:17 PM
x

figmentgirl
09-02-2010, 09:27 PM
Please! No more bedbugs threads. I know you're trying to make a good point that people are just being silly. I hope this is the last thread i ever read about bedbugs

drag n' fly
09-02-2010, 10:55 PM
Bitten at and then brought them home from POR.....let's just say building 14 is wayyyyy overrated. Por is still my fav resort even though we got eaten alive.:happytv:

Minnie_at_Heart
09-02-2010, 11:19 PM
Nope not once when I was in Movies. I don't think I have ever encountered them even when I have stayed in other countries

carmiedog
09-03-2010, 04:50 AM
Me & my sister stayed at Pop in 2007, she woke up one morning with a bunch a bug bites on her leg. At first we didn't really think about it, except it occured to us it was Dec & there was a cold spell, which causes mosquitos not be buggy. So we went to one of the parks, I think AK that day. A CM was really concerned because it seemed she was having an allergic reaction, her leg swelled up, very red & very irritated; he mentioned the unthinkable that it might be bedbugs. When we go back to the hotel we went by the front desk & they upgraded us to preferred room (nice, but it was our last night) & said that they would take care of the last night stay. & gave us a $100 gift card for our troubles. But not once did the CM at the front desk acknowledge that there were bedbugs, but instead tried to please us.....we haven't stayed there since.

??? If the CM truly thought it could be bedbugs, then wouldn't he/she have handled the situation wrong by not treating your clothes/luggage and risked spreading the bugs to another room?

Mamu
09-03-2010, 05:09 AM
Not in this Country or Europe, but have been reading about them more frequently lately.

When traveling I always read trip advisories to see if there are any reports on bed bugs. For years European Travel Advisories have cautioned visitors of bed bug problems. Always check your room. It was only a matter of time before the US would start have problems.

suzimar57
09-03-2010, 05:33 AM
yes, in 2006 at the Movies - my son and i were bitten on the legs all over each night, back then it wasn't as "known" as it is now - will be packing the panti-liners to check the mattress seams next month...;)

trac96
09-03-2010, 05:40 AM
we have never encountered bed bugs either and we have stayed in some really nasty places when going to nascar races. {some that didn't have running water} now with that said...

the only reason the bed bug thing is front and center right now is because of the media. it's gone through several major popular stores in new york city including a broadway theater and a movie theater. the threat of bed bugs is the same every time you go into a hotel you are just more aware of it now because of the media attention it's getting. i think that there's no more threat today as opposed to 10 years ago or even a few years ago. go on your vacation and have a good time and don't worry about bed bugs.

DaniB
09-03-2010, 06:46 AM
Please! No more bedbugs threads. I know you're trying to make a good point that people are just being silly. I hope this is the last thread i ever read about bedbugs

Sorry. ;) After reading all these stories, I really started to wonder just how many people actually run into them and thought a poll would be a good way to answer that. I don't believe I've seen this kind of poll to-date.

Thankfully the results are reassuring!! :thumbsup2

I have stayed in 9 different hotels this summer and had 0 encounters with bed bugs. I do a bed check as soon as I get in the room and look in drawers and under chairs. Just be prepared and know what to look for. It is a chance you take if you want to travel nowadays and being informed is important so you don't panic.

Yes, I sure plan to! I have a whole page written up on how and what to check for upon entering the room. Thanks for the info. Like I said, this poll has been very reassuring!

??? If the CM truly thought it could be bedbugs, then wouldn't he/she have handled the situation wrong by not treating your clothes/luggage and risked spreading the bugs to another room?

How does Disney treat clothes/luggage? On another thread I read heat is the only way to kill them, but heat will shrink my clothes! (sigh) I'd rather lose my clothes, but I'm wondering if there's another way of treating them than shrinking my clothes.

tony67
09-03-2010, 06:51 AM
I have not seen them at any hotel yet in the US, Europe or Canada.

I have avoided a few hotel because of the threat of them though.
The Boston Park Plaza seems to have had issues on and off for a few years.

I did have a scare at the CSR last October, but I looked on the web before alerting anyone and it was not a bed bug.

I wonder if this is the H1N1 or SARS of this year?
A lot of hype and then it goes away. I am confident that with all the money on the line they will come up with something.

New article on this today:
“We believe that there probably isn’t a hotel in the United States that has not had bed bugs at least once over the last five years,’’ said Ron Harrison, director of technical services for Atlanta-based Orkin Pest Control.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/09/02/bedbug_fears_putting_the_bite_on_hotel_industry/

Jennasis
09-03-2010, 07:13 AM
yes, in 2006 at the Movies - my son and i were bitten on the legs all over each night, back then it wasn't as "known" as it is now - will be packing the panti-liners to check the mattress seams next month...;)

Panti-liners?

donaldfan1
09-03-2010, 07:27 AM
never looked for them , but had no bites or anything to think there was any

DisneyWisher
09-03-2010, 07:33 AM
Panti-liners?

On another thread a poster suggested using the pantiliner. Peel off the paper and rub the adhesive side along the seem at the top of the mattress, also to check the drawers. If you find bed bugs they will stick to the adhesive and you would just take the proof to the lobby.
I'm sure Disney is doing everything they can to combat these bugs, but with so many people checking in and out everyday it's has to be hard. Have to remember it's Guests that are bringing them in.

ntsammy5
09-03-2010, 07:42 AM
We stayed at a Hilton in WV and the bedbugs were so bad they were caught trying to take a TV from their room!

tony67
09-03-2010, 07:47 AM
Have to remember it's Guests that are bringing them in.
This is a very good point for everyone.
It is not a housekeeping issue, even the best hotels are having this problem.
If the guest before your (or the room next to you) brought them with them you are screwed.

Even if Disney got 100 bug sniffing beagles they could only do around 1800 rooms a day.

I guess they could only check rooms when people are checking out, but still they would need more.
And what to do with people who have dog allergies?

It is a difficult issue to say the least.

This has been going on for a while and I am really surprised that people are just noticing it.
Since there is no H1N1 and no SRS this year I guess the news needs something to talk about as well and is getting everyone up in arms.


I am the last one to defend Disney but IMO you are far less likely to get bedbugs in a Disney value hotel than in a Deluxe hotel in NYC.

CanadianGuy
09-03-2010, 10:45 AM
This definitely falls into one of those "very few people will go online and post a report about the hotel saying ... 'and NO bed bugs.. it was awesome' ... "

The results of the poll pretty much line up with my thinking..

That doesn't mean it isn't an absolute nightmare for those who do experience it.. but when you got them showing up in movie theatres, clothing stores and the like.. it's no small wonder they can arrive at All Star Sports or the Ritz Carleton.

:)

DVC Mike
09-03-2010, 01:25 PM
Just take precautions and you'll be fine.

When you check-in to your room:

Go to your room without your luggage and thoroughly inspect it.

Check the mattress (remove the sheets), headboard, and frame as well as the couch and sofa bed. Pay attention to cracks, crevices, seams, and folds of material. Check any furniture near the bed (drawers in the nightstand, for example). Remember that bed bugs can be 1/16 inch to ľ inch and young, unfed bugs may be mostly translucent (clear). You're looking either for the bugs themselves, for little red spots, or for brown pieces of the bugs (casings) that they shed off themselves.

If you find bed bugs, immediately request another room.

The biggest mistake you can make is to lay your suitcase on the bed and start unpacking your clothes. In fact, you donít even want to store your bag on the floor. Instead, use the luggage stand. Just make sure to carefully inspect the wooden legs and cloth straps before doing so (look at it from top to bottom, and under the straps).

Anything you wear in the hotel room, especially your pajamas, could come in contact with bed bugs. The smartest thing to do is to place all of your dirty laundry in a sealed plastic bag so it doesnít contaminate your other clothing or your suitcase.

When you get home:

If you actually found evidence of bed bugs during your stay, don't even bring your luggage in the house. Leave it in the car and get your clothes laundered or dry cleaned professionally, outside of your home. If your luggage isn't expensive, just throw it away - it's not worth it.

If you didnít find evidence of bed bugs, itís still wise to visually inspect your suitcase and contents when you get home. Do not unpack your suitcase on the bed! Unpack directly from your sealed plastic bags into a washing machine (wash and dry on hot-hot-hot). When washing, set both the washer and dryer for the hottest setting that the fabric can withstand. Fabrics which canít withstand a high amount of heat should be frozen.

Jennasis
09-03-2010, 01:53 PM
Gee...many people don't stand a chance then. DME puts your bags in your room for you while you're out in many cases.

2moms
09-03-2010, 02:28 PM
...If you find bed bugs they will stick to the adhesive and you would just take the proof to the lobby.
:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: Sorry, just thinking of the expressions on the CM's face as one marches into the lobby waving around pantyliners with bedbugs on them! ;) :rotfl:

CanadianGuy
09-03-2010, 02:30 PM
Me & my sister stayed at Pop in 2007, she woke up one morning with a bunch a bug bites on her leg. At first we didn't really think about it, except it occured to us it was Dec & there was a cold spell, which causes mosquitos not be buggy. So we went to one of the parks, I think AK that day. A CM was really concerned because it seemed she was having an allergic reaction, her leg swelled up, very red & very irritated; he mentioned the unthinkable that it might be bedbugs. When we go back to the hotel we went by the front desk & they upgraded us to preferred room (nice, but it was our last night) & said that they would take care of the last night stay. & gave us a $100 gift card for our troubles. But not once did the CM at the front desk acknowledge that there were bedbugs, but instead tried to please us.....we haven't stayed there since.

Sorry to report that's probably not bed bugs.

Bed bugs aren't discriminating.. they won't just bite your legs.. typically, there's enough of them and they are all thru the bed such that the bites will appear everywhere.. including things like your arms, ears, face, chest etc.

But... Pavement rash (or Polymorphous Light Eruption) is pretty much exclusive to the legs.. AND happens a LOT to folks visiting Disney often gets confused for bed bugs.. (happened to me in fact!) ...

I swore up and down my room had bed bugs etc. They checked - nothing.

I didn't believe them and insisted a manager check again with me..

Nothing.

And then I learned about pavement rash... which sure feels like bites and itches like crazy.. And yes, it reacts exactly like an allergic reaction -- and yes, Benedryl or sometimes Hydrocortisone treats it very nicely.

Here is a full thread that describes it..

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1115312


I know that everyone says "Oh no, WE had bedbugs.. " -- I said that too ... I was wrong.

Way wrong... it was embarrassing.. LOL

--

Bed Bug Bites usually proceed in trails or threes.. like this:

http://bedbugbitesymptoms.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/bed-bug-bites.jpg

PMLE or Pavement Rash is more like a rash and blotchy .. like this:

http://www.skinandallergynews.com/uploads/RTEmagicC_72143.photo.JPG.jpg

Missoutandabout
09-03-2010, 02:47 PM
This definitely falls into one of those "very few people will go online and post a report about the hotel saying ... 'and NO bed bugs.. it was awesome' ... "

The results of the poll pretty much line up with my thinking..

That doesn't mean it isn't an absolute nightmare for those who do experience it.. but when you got them showing up in movie theatres, clothing stores and the like.. it's no small wonder they can arrive at All Star Sports or the Ritz Carleton.

:)

Exactly my thoughts. Not to say that the large numbers of people who have not encountered them might have really done so unknowingly, it just never presented itself as an issue. But it really is a testament to the "squeaky wheel" theory. Grain o' salt and all that. Unfortunately, as always, it's the media coverage that's creating this wave of paranoia. Educating the public is one thing, causing panic from sensationalising is a whole other unhealthy side-effect.


I've never encountered them, or at least not knowingly, here in the U.S. or in Europe. I'm not worried about them but I'll still do a quick check when we get our room.

Chaoticsweetness
09-04-2010, 06:23 AM
??? If the CM truly thought it could be bedbugs, then wouldn't he/she have handled the situation wrong by not treating your clothes/luggage and risked spreading the bugs to another room?

Like I said, the CM never said that it was bed bugs, but she did compensate us for whatever it was that had bit my sister.

angwill
09-04-2010, 01:39 PM
What is disturbing is that someone can walk up to the front desk and say we think/there are bedbugs in our room and show bite marks. Instead of the front desk saying let us send someone up to your room to make sure so we take care of things they move the people and possible bedbugs on their things to another room possibly spreading the bugs.

That is a scary concept.

tinkbyday
09-04-2010, 07:02 PM
What is disturbing is that someone can walk up to the front desk and say we think/there are bedbugs in our room and show bite marks. Instead of the front desk saying let us send someone up to your room to make sure so we take care of things they move the people and possible bedbugs on their things to another room possibly spreading the bugs.

That is a scary concept.


I don't believe that's the way it happens exactly - at least from what I have read on here from those that have experienced it. I believe they take their luggage and clothing and have them laundered and treated and then move them.

At least I hope so!

princessmom29
09-04-2010, 08:44 PM
I don't believe that's the way it happens exactly - at least from what I have read on here from those that have experienced it. I believe they take their luggage and clothing and have them laundered and treated and then move them.

At least I hope so!
That is the procedure if they suspect bedbugs. It is highly likely that the CM the PP and her sister spoke to knew itwas pavement rash and not bed bugs and was just trying to pacify them. They see pavement rash all the time and would recognize it.

auntie
09-04-2010, 08:52 PM
we have never encountered bed bugs either and we have stayed in some really nasty places when going to nascar races. {some that didn't have running water} now with that said...

the only reason the bed bug thing is front and center right now is because of the media. it's gone through several major popular stores in new york city including a broadway theater and a movie theater. the threat of bed bugs is the same every time you go into a hotel you are just more aware of it now because of the media attention it's getting. i think that there's no more threat today as opposed to 10 years ago or even a few years ago. go on your vacation and have a good time and don't worry about bed bugs.

Respectfully disagree.:flower3:
I think the problem is significantly worse than it was 10 years ago..or for that matter seven years ago when my son first started working in Manhattan. His precinct has had to throw out the couch in the lounge....twice! Mind you..it's a newly renovated building. They didn't have this problem years ago. This is recent..within the past two years. My son does not even go into that room. He's careful not to let any of his clothing touch the floor of the locker...as to not have anything come out of the crevices. His uniforms are taken to the dry cleaner and steamed. His back pack..doesn't come past the hall entry way when he comes in our house. You have to be very careful when purchasing merchandise in the city. These creatures are infesting and making themselves very comfortable in housing in every borough. People are losing their belongings, as they are incredibly difficult if not impossible to get rid of.

Personally, when we travel, I do NOT unpack. I am very careful to check the room. In particular, I remove or look behind the headboard. Then check the mattress and box springs.
While I don't obsess about these things..I think spending a few minutes upon entering your resort room to check the room is worth it, as opposed to the big bucks and heart ache should you have to get rid of your furniture and carpeting by inadvertantly bringing them home with you. That's one souvenier nobody needs.:headache:

tiki23
09-04-2010, 10:28 PM
yes, in 2006 at the Movies - my son and i were bitten on the legs all over each night, back then it wasn't as "known" as it is now - will be packing the panti-liners to check the mattress seams next month...;)

Double sided tape works better!

angwill
09-04-2010, 11:25 PM
Double sided tape works better!

I think the reason for using the pads is for shock value. If you plop one of those babies down on the counter and say bedbugs loud enough every manager on staff will be there instantly to take care of the problem. Double sided tape just lacks the shock effect of a feminine product. :lmao:

JenSop
09-05-2010, 12:38 AM
Eeek! All this talk of bedbugs lately is just freaking me out!

Fortunately, I've never had an encounter with any - either in the US or abroad.

But now, I will check diligently! (I'm even going to be extra careful when going into NYC in a week and a half for an audition I'll be doing...)

And just have to add that the media "hype" about swine flu last year was because it was a real problem. I know. I got it - a week before the opening of the show I was in - where I was the lead role. Wish I had been more careful of heeding the warnings about swine flu. (Had to miss all but one dress rehearsal and got better just in time for opening night. Scary and stressful. And that darn cough hung around for months....)

I WILL heed the warnings about bedbugs and check every time!

EAR
09-05-2010, 08:48 AM
never thought to check the bed i will now

angwill
09-05-2010, 12:45 PM
Please! No more bedbugs threads. I know you're trying to make a good point that people are just being silly. I hope this is the last thread i ever read about bedbugs

Why would you open a thread about bedbugs if you don't want to read about them. Next time don't read if you don't want to. :hippie:

StuckInKS
09-05-2010, 12:57 PM
We stayed in seven different hotels (eight different rooms total) during our June/July vacation, at all different "levels" including the Buena Vista Palace in DTD and the Best Western on International Drive, and never encountered bed bugs as far as we know. We didn't check, but no one got any bites and I know we didn't bring any home with us.

Charleston Zurg
09-05-2010, 01:05 PM
I have stayed in 9 different hotels in the last two months. In Sacramento, North Little Rock, and Atlanta. Not once did I have a problem with bed bugs. Also all the times that we as a family have stayed at WDW no problem with the bugs.

creativeamanda
09-05-2010, 01:05 PM
I have never encountered bedbugs, but I won't say it won't happen to me. I check everytime I go into a hotel room. I don't take the bags in until I am sure. The thing is, the problem is getting worse, but there is little that can be done about it. We have to prevent it ourselves by checking and refusing a room we think could be infested.

Colleen27
09-05-2010, 01:44 PM
We only spend maybe a dozen nights a year in hotels, mostly in the US and sometimes Canada, but we've never encountered them.

Colleen27
09-05-2010, 01:46 PM
New article on this today:
ďWe believe that there probably isnít a hotel in the United States that has not had bed bugs at least once over the last five years,íí said Ron Harrison, director of technical services for Atlanta-based Orkin Pest Control.


I love that quote... After all, a pest control company wouldn't have any reason to exaggerate a bit, now would they? ;) :lmao: