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Old 07-07-2010, 04:58 PM   #31
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When we had our bed bug issue with Disney I was told when Disney finds the bugs in a room they close off that room, the rooms next to it, above and below it. All rooms are given a high temperature steam treatment. They said there are no chemicals allowed in the US that actually kill bed bugs, only legal option is high heat. Disney then keeps the rooms out of commission for a month and rechecks and retreats as needed.

Did your pest company use a high heat treatment or some type of chemical? I would check around if it is a chemical as it may not be able to do the job!

Fortunately for us we found our bed bugs while still at the hotel so we never brought anything into our home and weren't infested. My thoughts go out to you!!
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:53 PM   #32
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rule of thumb is to pull the sheets up off the corners and look for any thing on the mattress creases... like small spots (black/brownish) could be the bugs...also look for blood droplets.

I was bitten in Pop Century. Disney tied saying it was fleas & I must have had an allergic reaction. I know they weren't flea bites... they had to call 911 because my legs swelled so much from the bites. They did change my room but still insisted not bed bugs.. What gets me is, why would they say "fleas" since that is just as bad.. either way there were bugs on that bed. I figured if it were fleas, they would have been in the carpet & others in the room (my DD's) would have been bitten too.. I was the only one & I slept in the bed alone...
Do you mind if I ask when you stayed at Pop that this happens? We are heading there in less than 3 weeks, and while I know it can happen anywhere, it still makes my skin crawl!
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:04 PM   #33
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We got bed bugs back in 2004. We're 99% sure they came from the cabin we stayed in at FW. DH and I slept in the murphy bed (perfect breeding ground) and yes, we had our own pillows (and I know that's how they came home with us).

It took several months of being eaten alive before I found out what they were. I was the only one getting bit and we thought it was an allergy or something, but the itching was horrible and my neck, arms and face were a red splotchy mess. Bed bugs only bit at night and only the exposed part of your skin so my legs weren't bothered. DH for some reason isn't tasty to bed bugs and never got one bite. Once we found out what they were had the exterminator come in. Problem with them is they can't spray beds with the really strong stuff. Back in the day they were treated with DDT, but that's illegal now. Needless to say, it didn't kill the bugs (thank goodness we were able to sleep in our trailer while this was all going on). They came back and treated again, told me to throw out my mattress, headboard, etc. I had to clean out all the drawers and wash everything in them. We had a new mattress and I wasn't going to throw it out. We got the covers that you use for dust mites. They have to have a really tight seal so they can't get out because they can live for a year even without feeding. DH had some strong pesticide that we had used for fleas once and I had him spray down the room--I was so desperate I just wanted them gone! That spray worked. We had a bookcase bed that had sliding cabinets on it, lost the sliding part of the headboard--now we just have open cubbies.

What made it really bad, it was the first time we had gone on vacation and not stayed in our camper. Now I am totally paranoid. On a recent trip to Tampa i took all the covers off the bed and examined the mattress and checked all around the headboard and still worried. Once it happens to you, you never forget.

We did get lucky with our bugs (if you can say that). Because we have hardwood floors they never left DH and I's bedroom. Had we had carpet, they would have boroughed in and spread to the other rooms.

I feel so sorry for anyone who has to go through this. There is nothing that compares to the stress of bed bugs.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:10 PM   #34
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In my experience, the first thing Disney does is to deny everything. I was bitten while at Port Orleans Riverside. I didn't realize what it was until I got home and had to visit my doctor because the bites got infected. I reported the matter to Disney because I didn't want anyone else getting bitten. But Disney's response was a very legal canned response denying everything. Since it costs so much to close one room, much less the rooms next door, I doubt Disney would do this unless there was a huge infestation. I tried and got a snippy response. I guess the moral of my story is buyer beware - and as the OP said, check for bed bugs before accepting your room.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:20 PM   #35
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When where you at Port Orleans Riverside? We are heading down in a few weeks and I hate any kind of bug except lady bugs!
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:39 PM   #36
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Better to report them to the Health Department. They will come in. They didn't do anything in our case at FW because they said they don't cover campgrounds, but they do cover hotels. We didn't know what they were until several months after arriving home. GS had bites when we were there, but we thought it was those biting flies.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:50 PM   #37
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I was the only one getting bit and we thought it was an allergy or something, but the itching was horrible and my neck, arms and face were a red splotchy mess. Bed bugs only bit at night and only the exposed part of your skin so my legs weren't bothered. DH for some reason isn't tasty to bed bugs and never got one bite.
Actually your dh may have been getting bites. After our experience I did a lot of research and you only itcha nd show a welt if you are allergic to the bed bug bite. Many, many people are not allergeric so they have no idea they are even getting bit. This is another reason they spread so easily. My Mom was in the room with us and she had no evidence of bites but the rest of us did.

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In my experience, the first thing Disney does is to deny everything. I was bitten while at Port Orleans Riverside. I didn't realize what it was until I got home and had to visit my doctor because the bites got infected. I reported the matter to Disney because I didn't want anyone else getting bitten. But Disney's response was a very legal canned response denying everything. Since it costs so much to close one room, much less the rooms next door, I doubt Disney would do this unless there was a huge infestation. I tried and got a snippy response. I guess the moral of my story is buyer beware - and as the OP said, check for bed bugs before accepting your room.
It was quite the opposite for me. Disney took my report VERY seriously and were great about it. Never denied once. Maybe my room was especially bad or maybe it was the fact that I actually caught a bug and put it in a ziploc to show them! LOL!
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:10 PM   #38
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No, I had no smoking gun like your bed bug in a zip lock. And I think few people who get bitten can actually catch a bug as evidence. I think absent that, Disney will categorically deny everything.

And I didn't know to look because, like dtum, I didn't know what I had until after I got home. Luckily, they didn't follow me home.

This happened last year. I have been back to Disney since then and stayed on property, but I won't stay at POR again. I know not all rooms there have bed bugs, but I can't get over the fact that mine did and it does not appear that POR did anything to fix it.
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No, I had no smoking gun like your bed bug in a zip lock. And I think few people who get bitten can actually catch a bug as evidence. I think absent that, Disney will categorically deny everything.


This happened last year. I have been back to Disney since then and stayed on property, but I won't stay at POR again. I know not all rooms there have bed bugs, but I can't get over the fact that mine did and it does not appear that POR did anything to fix it.
I guess I was "lucky" to get that bug! LOL!

It has been over a year for us and I have returned and will go again in 2 weeks. I have not been back to the same resort though and I don't plan to either. Not really because of the bed bug issue but because the mousekeeping there was terrible and I didn't care for the room. For the same money there are other resorts I prefer.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:44 PM   #40
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I feel for all who posted and has had to deal with these buggers.. I spent a couple of months over in Australia, staying at very nice hotel and kept noticing spots on my arms (mostly) and other parts. I thought i had reacted to something in the room (detergents or something) until i started to do a little investigating into what the "bites" from bedbugs looked like. After i figured that out did some investigating in the room and found some evidence of them and told management. They looked at me like I was crazy but did move my room. When i got home, never brought my luggage in the house, emptied everything in the garage, immediately washed all my clothes in hot water, left the luggage in the VERY HOT garage (it was summer when i came home). I haven't had any evidence of any infestation (and this happened over 3 years ago now). I got lucky but I learned to ALWAYS check. As previous posters have mentioned, it;s not just the $49 a night motels, it can be any hotel 1-5 stars.. And with the turnaround that Disney has, I'm honestly surprised there aren't more cases..
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I guess I will keep staying in newer hotels then...yikes!! I guess the only other option is to bring zippered bed and pillow covers with but those still take up space and are difficult to put on the bed. It makes you wonder about what hotels on Disney property have new mattresses....

In the meantime, when traveling to Disney World, I will stay at the newly opened Holiday Inn at Downtown Disney - they just opened in March so there isn't much for bugs to feed off yet.
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I'd love to say that new resorts won't have bed bugs but that just isn't the case. We are going again in September to a resort that just opened in June and I'm just as worried about getting them there. The resort we stayed in that caused this issue is only 4 or 5 years old. Unfortunately, the very first guest in a room can bring them in and the infestation begins.

I think the best advice is as previous posters have said - don't bring ANYTHING in your home upon returning. I'm going to have plastic bags in our garage with clean clothes we will change in to before even entering our house, will put our dirty clothes in the bags, immediately put them in the washer (HOT water) and dry them on HIGH heat for at least 30 minutes (probably an hour to be safe). I'll do this with everything in our luggage and the luggage will not come in the house until treated. There are some pest strips you can get now that even kill the eggs so I will be putting my open luggage in a large trash bag with the strips for at least 5 days after coming home.

As another poster said, once it has happened to you, you never forget it.
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I guess I will keep staying in newer hotels then...yikes!! I guess the only other option is to bring zippered bed and pillow covers with but those still take up space and are difficult to put on the bed. It makes you wonder about what hotels on Disney property have new mattresses....

In the meantime, when traveling to Disney World, I will stay at the newly opened Holiday Inn at Downtown Disney - they just opened in March so there isn't much for bugs to feed off yet.
Taking zipper covers to the hotel won't stop getting the bugs, they love it hide in the headboard next to the wall. The zipper covers are for your pillow and bed at home if you are one of the lucky ones who brings them home. Just do a really good check of the mattress (especially along the seams), if you see anything like little black specs...watch out! Also, don't put anything on the floor-they travel through the carpet and along the walls.
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:38 AM   #44
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Unfortunately I have had some non-direct experience with this at my work. I work for a mental health center that works with adults in the community. Using plastic on something is not going to help in an way. They make special mattress covers that are bed bug rated which you can purchase to put you home mattress and box spring in. You can silicone any cracks and crevices in your headboards or other bedroom furniture. The bed bugs do not die from the heat in the covers, but they starve over a long period of time as they can not get out to feed. There is no product that can be purchased to spray and kill the bed bugs, so I wouldn't bother. The best way to kill them is through heat, but you have to bring it up to the high tempature slowly otherwise they flee the area that is being treated. We have had to have a heat van come in and treat consumers furniture. Basically they pile all of the furniture into the van and bring the heat up slowly and then bake the furniture for several hours. The best thing to do is put all of your possibly infected clothes directly into the dryer and that could cook any potential bugs that you have brought home. If you know that you have been exposed I would do this at a laundromat. I have also known staff to put alchol directly on their skin when they have potentailly come in contact as they do not bite then. You should also know that bed bugs typically feed during the overnight hours. What some people do is shut all of the lights off and throw the sheets off and shine the bed with a flashlight to try and detect any signs of bed bugs.

I am staying at Windsor Hills in October and I will be inspecting all 3 bedrooms before my family enters the home!
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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.
The RID spray does work! We went to Peru about 2 weeks ago, and my doctor told me to buy a spray with "Permethrin" in it (RID), and spray all over the sheets, bedding, curtains, etc to keep bugs (all kinds) off of us. It worked and there was no kind of residual effect on us, and my daughter even has asthma and it didn't affect her. I think the spray container says to let it dry for 24 hours, but we sprayed when we got there, and by the time we went to bed, it was OK.
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