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Old 07-01-2010, 11:53 PM   #16
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It definitely isn't just cheap hotels. We were staying at I'd say a 4 star resort and got them there. It doesn't indicate uncleanliness because our unit was spotless. Just a prior guest had left them behind and we were lucky enough to bring them home. The PCO was able to find them in one bedroom in our home but not in our master bedroom. But I know they are there as I got bitten again last night. Unfortunately I think they may be nesting in my bed frame. Hopefully I caught it early enough that we can get rid of them before they are in every room in the house. However, we've been home 4 weeks and they are already in two rooms so I think their numbers are already large.

On another note, I did call the resort to complain and hopefully prevent the same fate for another traveler. I must say they didn't sound the least bit surprised when I told them.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:33 PM   #17
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Thank you for the warning and advice, tndislvr. Hang in there...
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:31 PM   #18
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Be especially careful if your travel with your own pillow. It is my understanding the bed bugs love to get inside the pillow and then you take them home with you. [DDT]

I travel with my own pillow all the time - I have never thought of this.... Thank-you for bringing this to my attention!!! This thread has been very helpful!
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:57 PM   #19
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ugh gag me.. what can we bring to treat the matress? n ugh i dont even kno what to look for i thought they were big!
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:23 AM   #20
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You have to know where you are bitten the most..........is it your bedroom? or living room?.....because if it is your bedroom you have no choice but to throw it away...

The headboard could be saved..........bedbugs dont like heat so put everything in plastic bags real tight and set them out in the sun...........with summer hopefully its hot enough.
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:40 AM   #21
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Fleas are bad.....but trust me, bed bugs are worse. Worse because they are MUCH harder to detect and treat. I used to have pets therefore fleas in the house from time to time. Usually one treatment of the pets and home and fleas were gone. I don't know how many treatments we will have to have to get thebed bugs out of our home. The psychological impact is unbelievable. My DH can't understand why I am so upset by this but I don't think he realizes how fast they could overtake our home and just how hard they can be to obliterate. So for now and the forseeable future we are living out of ziploc bags and praying we don't spread the parasites further. While there are WAY worse things that can happen to a person, waking up with a blood spot on your clothing that you KNOW is from a squished bed bug seems pretty horrible when it happens. I guess the positive side of that is there is one less in my house now!

One other bit of bad news......you may not even see visible signs of them on the mattress or headboard. We had NO visible signs other than I was getting bitten (well, we are probably all being bitten but I am the only one in my home having an allergic reaction to the bites). I think from now on I will carry pesticide with me and treat the mattress upon arrival....and boil my clothes and treat my suitcase when we get back home.
Okay you are experiencing one of my biggest fears....you said carry pesticide what kind are you using to kill the bed bugs. I did not think there was anything except moving out and spraying the whole appartment.

Please let me know becasue I am going in AUgust and I would be sure to get some pesticide.
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:30 PM   #22
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I have heard that RID spray (normally used for head lice) kills them but I don't know if it has a residual effect or not. I think I'm carrying some on our next trip just to be safe.

I didn't mean to alarm anyone by starting this thread but just wanted to give others advice I wish I'd had before our last trip. I'd never thought of bed bugs when traveling (although I should have) but now it will be first and formost on my mind every time we travel. It is now my biggest fear about traveling. I will reiterate that I don't think this happens to the majority of travelers.....we just got unlucky. We have had one treatment with the second scheduled for next week. The PCO thinks they will be gone after that but I think I'm going to insist on monthly treatments for at least 3 months. The PCO even told me to have the dog come back out in 3 months because (and I appreciate his honesty) the treatment could cause some of them to become "dormant but not dead" as unless the chemical hits them directly a lot of residual chemicals don't work. Plus the little buggers can hide anywhere. Even the clock radio. I'm throwing mine out and getting a new one. No need to take chances. I think we caught our "infestation" (ugh - I hate saying that) early so hopefully we will fare better than others (I have heard of it taking months or even a year to get rid of them in bad cases) but I know we could be in for the long haul. So for now we'll be living out of ziploc bags and washing the sheets at least every other day!

Again, I truly didn't mean to alarm anyone.....just wanted everyone to think of that first when walking in your room. I read something somewhere about keeping your suitcase off the floor or beds and only use the luggage rack and don't unpack your clothes (hanging in the closet may be okay but don't use the dresser). Also keep your shoes off the floor. Next trip I'm taking a BUNCH of ziploc bags and our shoes and dirty clothes will be going in them nightly. I think I also read somewhere someone said they kept their suitcase in the tub (as I think they have trouble climbing slick surfaces) but if you only have one bathroom this might not be feasible.

Hope some of this helps someone. And if anyone else has any advice please keep it coming because I'm open to any suggestions!
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:10 PM   #23
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HATE. THESE. BUGS. I think the first pest control service just made them mad. Now they are biting all of us instead of just me. They are biting my babies now. It is war. Will be calling the PCO tomorrow and telling him to hit them with all he's got. Everyone please keep your fingers crossed we will get rid of them quickly. It has only been 1.5 weeks (since confirmed) and I am tired of this. I can't imagine going on like this for months. I've been trying REALLY hard to not be angry with the resort (as it was a guest's fault the BB's were there) but I'm really starting to get angry.
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:39 PM   #24
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HATE. THESE. BUGS. I think the first pest control service just made them mad. Now they are biting all of us instead of just me. They are biting my babies now. It is war. Will be calling the PCO tomorrow and telling him to hit them with all he's got. Everyone please keep your fingers crossed we will get rid of them quickly. It has only been 1.5 weeks (since confirmed) and I am tired of this. I can't imagine going on like this for months. I've been trying REALLY hard to not be angry with the resort (as it was a guest's fault the BB's were there) but I'm really starting to get angry.
Oh man, my heart really goes out to you in this battle. I thank God that did not happen to me.. I hope it all turns out well for you and soon
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:18 AM   #25
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Wow, that is just awful!!!! Did you try buying zippered plastic mattress covers. I had read on another site that if you cover your mattresses with these, the heat will get them eventually and kill them. Is your bug control people specialists in bed bugs? Maybe you should get a second opinion. Scary how they have spread in such a short time. I will not be taking my pillow (which I love to have) to hotels any more!!! Let us know what eventually works.

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Old 07-06-2010, 10:55 AM   #26
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Unfortunately we have one of those Select Comfort air beds and the mattress covers won't work on those because you'd have to cut the cover to put the hose through thus leaving a possible hole for the bugs to get in and out. I think we may just disconnect the bed and put the cover on it anyway as the bed is really too expensive to just throw away. I did get covers for my new pillows though as I don't want to have to keep throwing pillows away until the bugs are gone. My fear is they are nesting in the bed frame and we really can't afford to throw that away. I've already thrown away hundreds of dollars worth of good stuff for fear it was infested.

We came home on May 29th and had the PCO confirm bed bugs last Monday so they had 4 weeks to multiply. A fertilized female lays 3-5 eggs a day so it is easy to see how their numbers have grown so quickly. I'm still hoping we caught it early enough to eradicate the problem in a few treatments....but knowing how they can hide and lie dormant I know the reality is we could be in this for the long haul. The PCO even told me they could seemingly be gone for a month or so and then we could start getting bitten again because they are such good hiders and can go a long time without eating.

The good news is mentally I'm dealing with this a LITTLE better now. Still paranoid and constantly feel like I'm itching but I've realized that it is what it is and now we just have to deal with it. Luckily my DH is a much more relaxed person than I am as if both of us were as obsessed with this it'd be one scary household!
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:36 AM   #27
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I really feel for you and hope your situation resolves soon!

I am paranoid about bedbugs whenever I stay in a hotel. I wish they would become extinct but the nasty things never seem to.

Good luck- you are in my thoughts
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:02 PM   #28
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FYI I had a little beg bug issue at the Hampton Inn in shrewsbury Pa just north of Baltimore a few years back. Put suspected objects in a zip lock bag and freeze them for a few days- that usally does the trick!
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:27 AM   #29
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Is it possible to buy rolled plastic about 4 mils thick from the hardware store, Lowe's, etc., and wrap your bed boards, etc., and then wrap it up good enough not to get air and then tape it around the edges.....just an idea....hope you get rid of them soon!

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Old 07-07-2010, 09:50 AM   #30
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Good idea, Sandy! Thanks! The PCO is bringing a cover tomorrow to try it and see if we can make it work on our mattress but if it doesn't that is a great idea! My fear (and I'm having a lot of fears with these things) is that if I still leave the mattress connected to the air hose they can still get in and out via the air tube and escape via the pump. I really just want to throw that mattress away and get a regular mattress that can be sealed in a cover. My husband refuses, though, as we don't really have the money to buy a new mattress right now. However, if that is the only way we can get rid of them that may be what we have to do.

I'm so tired of this already. Tired of living in fear my babies will wake up with 100 bites on them. Tired of being scared I'm going to carry the bugs somewhere and pass it on to someone else. Tired of hiding when the doorbell rings because I don't want anyone to come in for fear they will take the bugs home. And I haven't even been dealing with this all that long.
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