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Old 07-26-2010, 12:01 PM   #106
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OP so sorry you have to deal with all of this. We are driving down in a few weeks and always bring pillows and sleeping bags for the kids (they are allergic to most laundry detergents). I am thinking about not bringing the sleeping bags but we need some pillows for the car.

Do you think if we brought pillows with allergy/bed bug covers on them we would still risk bringing the critters home? We will have a washer/dryer in our unit so maybe I should wash the pillows before we leave? I'd love to spray but do not want to risk an asthma flare up. Any suggestions?

Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:42 PM   #107
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I think it's fine to bring pillows with bed bug covers on them. The chances of actually encountering bed bugs is quite small, however.... in the event that anyone ever brought pillows with them to a hotel and found that they had an infestation in their room, I would NOT bring the pillows back home with me, bed bug covers or not, laundered or not.
In that unlikely event I would trash the pillows and purchase new ones for the ride home (that didn't enter the hotel room) or buy new ones when I got home.

Just my 2 cents
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:23 AM   #108
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There was just a story about Bed Bugs on the news a couple nights ago and they did survey of hotel rooms in (I think it was 6) popular travel destination and their survey found that 1 out of every 5 hotel rooms had signs of an active infestation of bed bugs.

Apartment dwellers are at risk the most due to their close proximity to their neighbor.

They said the first thing that you have to do is remove all bedding, clothing, and other soft goods from your home, wash it all - disinfect it, and then have a pest control company come in to spray for them.

The biggest ordeal of all is the mental anxiety and financial burden that they cause. The news report indicated that it costs around $1,200 on average to get rid of them. How many Americans can afford THAT right now?

I travel and stay in hotels a lot of work, and the very thought of bringing bed bugs home makes me want to quit my job! I couldn't take the thought that I couldn't sleep in my own bed without fear of waking up with bites all over my body. Ugh!
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:27 AM   #109
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There was just a story about Bed Bugs on the news a couple nights ago and they did survey of hotel rooms in (I think it was 6) popular travel destination and their survey found that 1 out of every 5 hotel rooms had signs of an active infestation of bed bugs.....
... Wow, that's a startling stat....
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:31 AM   #110
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I forgot to mention a tip that I heard a while back in reference to all of this.
They said to pull back the sheets at the bottom of the bed and take a hair dryer on HIGH and hold it a couple inches away from the corner of the mattress, and more than likely if there is an active infestation the heat will cause the bed bugs to surface.

Also to look for the black spotting and blood spots.
There is a photo of what that looks like in one of the first few pages of this post.

It is all VERY disgusting to think about - but like it has been said before - it can happen to ANYONE whether you travel or not - whether you keep your home spotless or messy - it can happen to anyone before you've even realized what is going on!
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I forgot to mention a tip that I heard a while back in reference to all of this.
They said to pull back the sheets at the bottom of the bed and take a hair dryer on HIGH and hold it a couple inches away from the corner of the mattress, and more than likely if there is an active infestation the heat will cause the bed bugs to surface....
...that's a good tip - thanks!
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:04 AM   #112
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This might sound like a silly question, but folks here have obviously done the research well and I have not seen this commented on. Does the memory foam mattress have any less threat of having bedbugs?
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:44 AM   #113
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Our local news just had a story on bed bugs last night...
Now I'm itching all over!

So sorry to hear about everyone's bedbug stories. I will be checking my hotel beds from now on!

Oh, and on the news they said to vacuum your luggage out after you get home as a way to clean them out. And of course, don't set your luggage on your bed!
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:54 AM   #114
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This might sound like a silly question, but folks here have obviously done the research well and I have not seen this commented on. Does the memory foam mattress have any less threat of having bedbugs?
Thanks, Ted
Not a silly question at all.

Most "memory foam" companies will tell you that their mattresses are "bed bug" resistant because they have no seams or crevices for the bugs to live in. The fact is, these bugs typically don't "burrow", they simply live on the area between the boxspring and mattress, or between the wall and mattress, or headboard and mattress, and even on the underneath of the legs of the bed.
The only difference with memory foam is you may be able to detect them earlier, but I don't think they offer any added protection.

They tell you that no matter what type of mattress you have, if you suspect you have been exposed to bedbugs, you should get a zippered mattress cover that covers and seals your whole mattress. The idea is, with any live bugs or newly hatched bugs, they can't escape to feed and they die off.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:30 PM   #115
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I agree with Craigdarroch - memory foam beds probably don't really offer any benefit or protection as far as bed bugs go. As mentioned, they will live anywhere around your bed - not just the mattress.

On a positive note - the bed bug dogs and PCO came out again today. With the exception of one bag of laundry (which had already been washed and dried so not sure what happened) and one closet our house was clean! While they are still in one closet this is MUCH improved over two weeks ago when the dogs alerted for bed bugs in two bedrooms, three closets, one bathroom, my car (YUCK!), and possible activity in our bonus room. We still have to deal with the closet but at least that is one small room of the house instead of half my house. I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel! Thanks to all my fellow DISers for your support! Don't know how I would get through this without all the advice, encouragement, and good wishes.

Will keep you all posted but I hope the end is near. And I'll be much more careful and prepared for our September trip. Hard lesson learned but at least now I know!
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:04 PM   #116
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So glad things are improving for you! Thank you so much for this thread. I am working on a list of things to do when we get to the room and while in the room. There is so much to try to remember and after a 20 hour drive I don't want to be too tired and forget something!

I think for the pillows- I will have 2 sets one for the car which we will store in the car-top carrier while in Orlando and one set for the room that will stay there. We will have brand new pillows waiting for us at home! It's time for new ones anyway. I am also going to double check our beds to see if the allergy covers are still intact and replace them if necessary before any potential problems.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:57 PM   #117
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TNDISLVR - I'm so happy to hear that there is some definite improvement. That is indeed the best news I' ve heard all week!

I will continue to pray that before long, you will completely bed-bug free and moving on with with life and a sigh of relief
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:20 PM   #118
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Thanks so much, Craigdarroch! Your encouragement has really helped through this ordeal. I do believe we will be done with all this soon.....at least I hope! And I will be MUCH more careful on our next trip.

Off topic....but have you ever stayed on site? If so, where?
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:58 PM   #119
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Yes... we almost always stay at the Port Orleans (French Quarter or Riverside, we like them both).
Always had a great experience and enjoy the resort very much.
No problems with bed bugs, although, we did have a few cockroach sightings on one trip at POR.

When we take our niece and nephews (we were'nt able to have kids of our own, so we "borrow" my brother and sisters kids) we usually stay at the All Star Resorts or Pop Century (they just like it better).
No problem for us at either resort, but our friends did come in contact with bed bugs at the room next to us at POP. That was several years ago now.

In the Fall, we will be back at the French Quarter. We got one of those awesome deals through Travelocity for $74 a night. Looking forward to it, but we'll be extra cautious on this trip. I think this bed bug problem has just become more prominent in the last year or so, so it doesn't hurt to be extra aware.

Thanks again for putting us all on alert with your situation sweetie. You could have easily just kept your mouth shut and dealt with it on your own, but you chose to share with us and I know it has helped and "will" help a lot of people.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:00 PM   #120
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http://ap.news-journalonline.com/dyn...MPLATE=DEFAULT

above is a link to a story in the Daytona local news-paper. It is about NYC having to deal with them....
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