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Old 03-11-2013, 06:04 AM   #31
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In all my research, and I've done a lot as I've mentioned, the best thing you can do is inspect the room upon check in and if you see any issues, alert management and request another room. If you are unlucky enough to actually have stayed in the room, Disney has precautions in place to prevent the bugs from further infesting the hotel and your home. Once you get home, do not bring you luggage in the house. All clothing goes directly from the suitcase to the washer and everything is laundered on the highest heat setting. I even called an exterminator to make sure there wasn't anything else we should be doing to prevent them and he suggested vacuuming out our car, since we had it with us.

Do your research beforehand and your due diligence when you arrive and you should be able to have a magical trip, even if it requires a move to a new room should you find something right away.
I keep a flashlight in my handbag when I travel for my bedbug inspecting. First thing I do is put luggage in the bathroom and start inspecting mattresses etc.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:45 AM   #32
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I found some bedbugs at a hotel on a business trip once, and since then I've been paranoid like no one's business (seriously, on that trip I wouldn't even sleep under the covers on the bed, even though my new room checked out just fine).

In addition to checking the bed when you get there, don't forget to check drawers and curtains! Sometimes they hide there as well. Something else I do now: Before every trip, I buy those 2+ gallon Ziploc or Glad plastic bags. Any clothing not hung in the closet gets stored in those. When I need something, I take it out of the bag, and I keep additional bags on-hand for dirty clothes. I also put other items in the bags. It may not help if my suitcase gets one, but at least it helps lessen the chances of picking them up on clothing. Oh, and ALWAYS keep your suitcase on a luggage rack or in the bathroom during your trip. If you're feeling super creeped out, you can also buy those GIANT plastic bags that technically for storage, but a suitcase will fit in them... (yes, I've done this)

When we get home, if it's hot enough I usually let our suitcase sit in the hot car for a day because that will help kill them. If it's super cold when you get home, you can also sit the suitcase in the cold car for 24-48 hours. Then everything goes straight from the suitcase to the washing machine, and on hot. If you're worried about dyes running, buy those Shout Color Catcher things. They work great.

It's really, really gross, but the best way to prevent bedbugs is to just do your homework. There are a lot of resources online to help identify them, know what signs to look for, etc. At the first hotel (and thankfully only hotel) I found the bedbug signs, I called the front desk. Understandably, she was wary and asked if I was SURE that I was looking at a bed bug shell (which was right next to a blood trail). I told her, "If it's not a bed bug shell, then it's a really nasty booger." She moved me with no questions after that.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:21 AM   #33
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And if you fly (or at some point, your luggage is not in your possession), you might want to check your own luggage before you unpack since they might be coming in on your luggage.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:53 AM   #34
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Makes taking my camper to Fort Wilderness this trip, even look better! LOL!
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:11 PM   #35
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Unfortunately I have experience with bed bugs...The most common place is on the matresses...make sure you check out the matresses and under the matress...look for the shells or any dark brown/red markings...bed bugs are not fun and a pain to get rid of if they come home with you...I am very parinoid about checking since we had an issue with them about 2 years ago...bring a small flashlight to see easier. When it is light, most likely they won't be out, but you should be able to tell still if they are around...
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:00 PM   #36
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I'm curious to know how the resort handled it once reported - were you moved to another room? what about your luggage, was it treated in some way to prevent spreading it to another room? or do they fumigate the room while you're still there?
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:31 AM   #37
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Thank you OP for the reminder. My not so D ex Husband used to call me "Mr Hughes" when we would check into a room because of my antics checking mattresses and headboards, LOL! Not that I'm a neat freak but things of this nature really freak me out. Although I hate to think of what we subject ourselves to when we travel by airlines...
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #38
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Anyplace, absolutely anyplace, can have bedbugs. If there are people there, there can be bedbugs. And yes, they are in the baggage areas of the plane...even in the overhead bins.
Here's the reason for so many more bedbugs than ever before. We are prohibited from using the chemicals that will easily kill them. Those chemicals have been banned in this country. So, we have to make do with what is allowed. And bug specialists have some stuff they can use, but it isn't nearly as strong as what used to be available!!!
My dd has run into bedbugs twice at camp. The first time was the worst...they were found in the room next to hers. Everyone was told to pack up their stuff and take out a pair of pj's. The counselors took the pj's and and washed them in very hot water and then dried them. The kids were moved out of their rooms and relocated. They were given their pj's for the night. In the morning, their stuff was returned to them, all washed and dried....and this was clothing as well as bedding, pillows, stuffed animals!!!! The wooden bunk beds were burned in a huge bonfire!!! Now, they use only metal beds.

So, when you check into a hotel/resort room, do due diligence and check out the mattress seams before unpacking. Check along the baseboards and behind the headboard (or below it). If you see nothing, you should be okay.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:27 PM   #39
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I'm curious to know how the resort handled it once reported - were you moved to another room? what about your luggage, was it treated in some way to prevent spreading it to another room? or do they fumigate the room while you're still there?
We were moved to a new, inspected room. They brought in a bug sniffing dog to confirm no bugs were in our new room. Apparently Disney employs three of these dogs, which should tell you the magnitude of the issue right there.

All of our fabric items were inventoried and taken to be heat treated and dry cleaned. This included clothing (including the clothes we had on), our bags, stuffed animals, our stroller, etc.

They did explain how they would be treating the room where the bed bugs were found, but to be honest, I was overwhelmed and more concerned with my stuff and getting into a new room than the room we were leaving.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:36 PM   #40
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We were moved to a new, inspected room. They brought in a bug sniffing dog to confirm no bugs were in our new room. Apparently Disney employs three of these dogs, which should tell you the magnitude of the issue right there.

All of our fabric items were inventoried and taken to be heat treated and dry cleaned. This included clothing (including the clothes we had on), our bags, stuffed animals, our stroller, etc.

They did explain how they would be treating the room where the bed bugs were found, but to be honest, I was overwhelmed and more concerned with my stuff and getting into a new room than the room we were leaving.
This is great to hear that they took it so seriously, and took care of treating your belongings for you. I'm sure you were stressed out & what a way to start your trip, but you've got a great attitude about it. I'm leaving for WDW tomorrow & now know exactly what to look for!
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We were moved to a new, inspected room. They brought in a bug sniffing dog to confirm no bugs were in our new room. Apparently Disney employs three of these dogs, which should tell you the magnitude of the issue right there.

All of our fabric items were inventoried and taken to be heat treated and dry cleaned. This included clothing (including the clothes we had on), our bags, stuffed animals, our stroller, etc.

They did explain how they would be treating the room where the bed bugs were found, but to be honest, I was overwhelmed and more concerned with my stuff and getting into a new room than the room we were leaving.

Wow -- that's the first time I heard they had a few dogs checking for bugs -- that's really interesting. I'm glad to hear that they took care of your things -- still so sorry that it happened, though.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:07 PM   #43
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Just a heads up to anyone planning on staying at BWV, we had a room with a confirmed (by Disney pest control) bed bug infestation. It was in an accessible room on the first floor, I wish I could remember the room number but we were moved and it was the third resort we stayed at this trip.

We were pleased with the way it was handled IN DISNEY, and have taken every precaution we can think of now that we are home to prevent an infestation here, but should we require treatment, Disney's claims department will surely be hearing from us.

Bed bugs are a huge problem to which Disney isn't immune. They are required to inspect each room every 30 days apparently. I don't blame Disney, but I do know we didn't have any bugs before we left home. Just be diligent in inspecting your room prior to bringing your luggage in. Don't be naive to think because it's Disney, you're in the clear.
My DH does the bed bug check before the rest of us are allowed to step into the room! 5 star...3 star or a 2 star place the beds are always pulled away , beds fully checked! In drawers! Everywhere!
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For anyone interested, I used to work in the hotel industry and there are good preventative sprays out there. Douse your suitcases in these sprays prior to travel. Of course, there's no guarantee, but it acts as a repellent. Another easy preventative measure is to never put your suitcase on the beds. Not only could you contract bed bugs more easily, but this is how bed bugs are spread commonly. Always keep your suitcases fully zippered also. Lastly, I have seen people bring garbage bags or ask for some to wrap their suitcases in just in case. I'm not sure how well this keeps bugs out, but no harm in it.
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We were in a handicapped accessible studio with a boardwalk view. To be perfectly honest, my husband remarked when we checked in that he didn't think the room was up to Disney's typical standards. The caulking was messed up in the bathroom and there was a gap between the sink and the wall. He said he didn't feel like it was as nice as rooms we have been in in the past, even at the BW (we've stayed there at least five times before with no issues). We had extended our vacation at the last minute and this was the only room we could get, so we weren't about to complain...until we saw the bed bug.

As far as checking your room for them, there's a ton of resources online which have tips and photos of the bugs in the different life stages (YUCK!). The important things are inspecting the seams and tags on the mattress and around the box spring using a flashlight. Look behind the headboard and nightstand, any fixtures near the bed. You're looking for bugs, their carcasses and small blood stains (from people getting bit and also the bugs' fecal stains). Don't ever put your bags on the bed, use the folding luggage rack or keep your bags in the bathroom.
You are not supposed to use the folding luggage rack?? Why??
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