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Old 05-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #61
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I grew up in New England and moved to Louisiana when I was 13. Saw creepy crawlies I never had before. There IS a difference between a German Roach and Palmetto or "water bugs" as people here usually call them. As others have said WDW is in Florida. No way too avoid certain native species. The little tree frogs at POR like to cling on the wall and on the outside of the doors at night and tried to come in with us when we came back to our room at night. Just part of being in the South!
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:09 PM   #62
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Example: "I can't believe what ppl think they should get compensation for". Not fact, it's a personal attack, their own editorial at best. Give OP the facts; they don't need your opinion on their character and morals.
I agree that I hate to see anyone being snarky or rude on the forums. However, in this case the OP DID ask for people's opinions on whether they should ask for compensation. Disney's management is usually wonderful about offerring some sort of compensation if they do something wrong that has impacted a guest's stay. In this case WDW didn't do anything wrong. That's what I think made some respond the way they did in MY opinion.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:37 PM   #63
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so I am currently in WDW at a deluxe hotel. we checked in this morning, and after returning to our room this afternoon i discovered a HUGE roach (about 3 inches long) in the shower. I called housekeeping because i didn't know what to do with. I was grossed out, but now that it's nighttime it's bothering me more! Is it likely there are more in the plumbing somewhere?! Would anyone have asked for compensation of some sort? I understand it's Florida, but talk about ruining night 1 in a $400 room!!
Actually it was probably closer to 2 inches than 3 inches (still looks big ) and most likely came up into the shower to escape from water. From what I understand you have had a lot of rain down there recently. The Palmetto bugs (usually these are American cockroaches) live outside, they usually only come inside by accident (flying through an open door or carried in on some object) or to escape water. Heavy rains can cause them to temporarily move inside structures in search of food.

When I lived in south Florida back in the mid 70's I watched a guy cut down a palmetto tree with a chain saw. He fired up the chainsaw and as soon as it made contact with the palmetto tree hundreds (maybe even thousands) of palmetto bugs erupted (can't think of a better descriptive term) from the fronds. So it was easy to see why they were called palmetto bugs.

In three years of living in south Florida the only times we ever saw the palmetto bugs inside the house were during extended periods of rain. It was a never ending battle with the German cockroaches but the palmetto bugs were never a real problem.

You are more likely to have a mosquito in your room at Disney than a palmetto bug, and if you wouldn't ask for compensation for a mosquito then you shouldn't ask for compensation for a palmetto bug.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:09 PM   #64
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During my trip last December, I found cockroaches in the refrigerator cabinet of our room. We were staying at CBR, and all it took was one phone call and they got ride of them for me. They did ask when I called if we were in a ground floor room, so I'm guessing they are more of a problem if you get a room on the bottom. It never dawned on me to ask for compensation, I just wanted them gone!
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:11 PM   #65
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We were at a value resort (can't remember which) and walking from the parking lot to the building. All of a sudden my wife went, "OMG, is that a RAT?!? AAAAAAH!"

It was pretty close to the building and VERY large (for a rat.) I got a better look at it and realized it was an armadillo. Then my wife was all like, "REALLY? OMG, how CUTE! Let's get a better look!"
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Love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I'm thinking the armadillo was very insulted to be mistaken for a rat!
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:29 PM   #66
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I saw one in the middle of the night at the Poly in the bathroom, since then I always wear socks in any hotel room. We were on the third floor.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:46 AM   #67
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No guarantee there wouldn't be one in the next room. Yes, it is Florida. The ONLY way to make sure you don't have ANY creepy crawlies in ANY hotel room is to not vacation in Florida. And 'm sure, yes, it's probably true, you have bugs in your house. You might not see them but they are there.

Sorry to all the roach haters out there but what did the roach do? Did it attack you and bite you? It's just a bug. We would have gotten a cup, trapped the poor thing and released it outside.
I personally do not have any problems with other bugs, in fact I pick up spiders from our house and gently place them outside. I have no problems with Spiders, ants, silver fish, nats, moths, mosquitos, those bugs everyone talks about having in FL (lovebugs?) etc. I never said anything about not expecting bugs in FL.

What I do have a problem with is roaches and I definitely do not have any in my home! As to your question about what did the bug do, did you read my comment about the ear thing? That is disturbing!

Also, I think I was pretty clear in saying my request might be extreme. I just would not be able to sleep after that, knowing that they can and have crawled in peoples ears. Grossss!
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:55 AM   #68
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If a palmetto bug gets lodged in your ear, something has gone horribly wrong.
Or you have really big ears.
Okay you don't have to resort to sarcasm.

There already was a post on here by a wife of an ER doc backing up what I said about the ears and that it happens more frequently then we think.

I responded to the OP saying she had a roach in her room. She said nothing about a palmetto bug. Relax!
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:02 AM   #69
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I'm a new member, and I have to ask...is every thread this hostile? I didn't see anywhere that the OP was demanding money back, and everyone is berating her as if she is asking to bring the monorail home. If this is par for the course, I think I'm going to disable my account.
I agree!
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:04 AM   #70
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I know bugs are a part of life. But I live in Canada and we don't have big bugs everywhere. I can understand why OP was upset about the bug. It would have creeped me out too. I understand its Florida and its gonna happen, just hope it never happens to me
Seriously though I would have called to have the bug removed as well because I would have been too scared to touch it
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:07 AM   #71
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If a palmetto bug gets lodged in your ear, something has gone horribly wrong.
Or you have really big ears.
Those critters can get into some very tight spots. Much like a rat or snake, they can squeeze into some seemingly impossibly small spaces.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:27 AM   #72
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I'm only seeing one post that could be described as remotely hostile. Everyone else is just sharing the fact that bugs are a part of life in Florida. Florida is still a huge hunk of swamp land, there is no getting rid of all the bugs and other creatures that call it home.

Really! Just about every other comment on this post has been full of sarcasm, which I consider rude. Sarcasm is defined as a cutting often ironic remark intending to wound or to make one a but of a joke. This post is full of that and over what???? people taking offense to others supposedly (no one knows whether it was or was not a roach other than the OP) mistaking a roach for a "palmetto bug."

And, I just love how in order to make their point they just kept adding in inferences to the original posts, which didn't even have anything to do with what was said.

Does it really bug (ha ha) those people, who made the sarcastic remarks, that much that it was necessary to be rude to get their point across?

With all the really horrible stuff that goes on in the world today, do we need to be sarcastic to someone simply for being grossed out by a roach?
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:51 AM   #73
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It always amazes me how angry people get on these boards. Lighten up people, life is good when you can browse a discussion forum about WDW
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:36 AM   #74
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As to what to do with it, get a huge wad of toilet tissue, pick it up and flush it and welcome to Florida.

I might mention it at the Front Desk, in case they need to spray but that is about all.
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During my trip last December, I found cockroaches in the refrigerator cabinet of our room. We were staying at CBR, and all it took was one phone call and they got ride of them for me. They did ask when I called if we were in a ground floor room, so I'm guessing they are more of a problem if you get a room on the bottom. It never dawned on me to ask for compensation, I just wanted them gone!
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I saw one in the middle of the night at the Poly in the bathroom, since then I always wear socks in any hotel room. We were on the third floor.
Sitting here reading this thread hopeing I am not going to regret requesting a 1st floor room at the Poly. I hate bugs and have to say in 12 trips to Florida last year was the first time I ever saw an insect in our room and that was a bee
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