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Old 04-09-2013, 11:09 AM   #46
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About two years ago, someone I know was responsible for managing the day-to-day in-home health care for a senior relative in deteriorating health. Rather than put them in a nursing home, an in-home agency was used; just a short time after the service commenced visitations, the relative's home was infested with bedbugs. They were discovered on the mattress of the in-home health worker (who was, at times, staying overnight). They were later found in the sofa and carpeting.

They are a menace to get rid of. The agency ended up paying for infestation control from a local exterminator, and then to have the sofa, mattress, et al steam cleaned. After two or three trips, there was finally concurrence that the things had been exterminated from the home. I know some say this "threat" has been overblown, but after hearing this story, I know I want *nothing* to do with them. If that puts me in the more-paranoid-than-not camp, well, so be it.

Although I don't travel much, over the last few years, after hearing that story, I've started inspecting any hotel room I stay in first thing. I check mattress corners, pulling up any coverings and sheets (at the corners/seams), and look under and around any upholstered furniture (particularly sofas, and sofas with foldaway beds) for possible telltale debris. You can't possibly inspect every nook, crannie, and crevice of a room, but a good basic inspection that takes only a few minutes at some conspicuous points should give you a fairly strong level of confidence that your room is OK.

What I've found in my little "mini inspection" at a few hotels is that most larger chains (and this is a generality, I realize, so the implied caveat is offered) are starting to replace their mattresses more frequently, and some mattresses even have inspection date tags that would only be seen (typically) by maintenance staff (and the occasional nosy guest like me). I think they take the problem seriously and are trying, as best they can, to be proactive about it. I think the inevitable weak-link in the chain is the individual maintenance staffer who may or may not have been properly trained to look for the filthy things when they are turning over a room, or under time pressure to get the room turned over does not do a sufficient job of checking, esp when in reality the probability of finding them in any one room is probably not very high. Just speculation on my part.

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Old 04-09-2013, 01:07 PM   #47
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Originally Posted by smiths02 View Post

Seriously? The cost and pain of getting rid of the things is terrible.

Also, mosquitoes kill many people every year by spreading disease.

I don't know if you would feel it was overplayed if your house was infested with bed bugs or a loved one was seriously ill from bird flu, malaria, etc.
This is my point, mosquitoes are much more deadly. And much more common. Besides an allergic reaction, there is no proof bed bugs transmit diseases in humans.

Now having to spray pesticides all over the place, that is dangerous!

I would worry alot more about the people handling your food than bed bugs...
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:00 PM   #48
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Originally Posted by chicagodisneyfan View Post
Bed bugs are a nuisance, but to a healthy person, they are not threatening to ones health. DDT would be a huge overreaction.
Don't tell that to one of my dd's friends at camp a few years ago. It took her over 6 months to deal with the bites that covered most of her body. And we won't go into the infections that ensued!!!

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For the most part, after looking into the history of bed bugs in the United States...they were pretty much obsolete because of the used of chemicals like DDt. In aroudn 1996, something was signed that completely banned this chemical and other harmful pesticides. Since then beg bugs have been on the rise in the US again. It basically comes from foreign travelers. Once they have brought them back to the US people didn't realize that they needed to look out for them. Realistically, as a kid I always thought "don't let the bed bugs bite" was a saying. Then, in my 20s after waking up with bed bug bite welts all over, I learned it is in fact not just a saying.

Some people aren't allergic to the bites(just as some aren't allergic to poison ivy...me=allerigc to bed bug bites but not poison ivy-ask me how I know). If you aren't getting a reaction to bites, and you don't know to look for them at all you might not even notice it. Also, you can pick them up in movie theaters, people's homes, cabs, airplanes, etc. So really someone might not be infested at their own house, but picked it up in transportation to their hotel.
That's pretty accurate!!!

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This bed bug thing is over played, just a bug....

Like mosquitoes.
Nope. Not really. There is no way anyone, not even you I would assume, wants to get into a bed that is home to bedbugs. The bites are unbelievable itchy. It really impacts your life. and it takes awhile for the bites to go away....it's not just a few days.

My dd's camp had two different episodes of bedbugs. The first time, the girl in the top of the bunk, over my dd, was covered with bites after their first night at camp!! She looked like she has measles. My dd had some bites but mostly on her upper arms. The director knew exactly what it was...the housing was cleared, the girls were told hand over everything they had brought with them. They gave their pj's first so that the counselors could wash those first and then the girls would have something 'clean' to sleep in. They washed every sheet, every pillow, every bit of clothing. Even my dd's favorite bear was sent through the drier!!! The kids were put in another building and given their belongings the next day.
Every single wooden bunk was taken out and destroyed...huge bonfire that night!!!

Again a few years later...but to a much lesser extent. Now, when dd comes home from camp, her stuff stays in the garage, and goes directly into the wash, highest possible water temp, and into the dryer..again, hottest available. The duffle bags do into a large green trash bag and into the trunk of the car for a week or so.That way, if anything hitched home, it's now dead!!!

All it takes is one bag to pick up bedbugs at an airport. Or for a traveler to put their bags down and have bugs jump on for the trip. Then, all the bags are now subjected to bedbugs. All you have to do is touch something else with the dang things on it. Then, into the resort room they go. They will hide out for a bit. Then, out they come and hide in the bedding. I doubt any of the housekeepers are doing an adequate job of looking for bedbugs when cleaning rooms. They should, but they probably don't!!
So, I check for myself. My bags don't get unpacked until I've checked out those mattress seams and along the baseboards and behind headboards if at all possible.
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I recently stayed at the All Star in the Baseball section with a school trip. My roommate is paranoid about bed bugs and checked our room when we arrived. Our third day in I noticed several bites on my arm. By the time I got home, after 5 days there, I had 59 bites on my one arm and 17 on my one hand. Not to mention the bites on my other arm, hand, neck, legs, torso and FACE!! I called Disney and put in a claim. They were not very polite or helpful. I called them every other day for 3 weeks. I asked to speak to a supervisor several times and even left a message for one to call me...NO call back. After 4 WEEKS...They finally checked the room with the dogs...positive for bed bugs. I honestly think the only reason they even checked it was because I kept calling. They said they couldn't check it sooner because GUESTS WERE STAYING IN THE ROOM!!! How many families had to suffer after me because Disney dropped the ball and did NOT do their jobs? My guess is atleast 5-6. IRRESPONSIBLE!! Disney is paying for a new suitcase, my copay, my prescription and $500. It was a horrible experience and I am nervous to go back. I understand that bed bugs are not Disney's fault but how they are handling the situation is. The problem is out of control and they are not stepping up. We checked our room so im not sure what else you can do....
I have to ask: Did you notify them of the problem when you were there? There have been other posters who had bed bug problems, and when they notified Disney at the time, they were well taken care of. As in moved to a new room, given new clothes and toiletries, and having their stuff treated so they wouldn't take the bugs home with them.

I can see why they would be loath to take a claim made after you left WDW very seriously. At any rate, I'm sorry you had to deal with bed bugs.
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