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Old 08-05-2010, 12:12 PM   #151
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Tndislvr. Thank you for posting this to warn others!

I am a little confused by one thing. You still have an active infestation and you will be returning to Disney in October? I am not trying to be mean or upset you or anyone else, but I hope you understand my concern.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:33 PM   #152
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Tndislvr,

try this site. They tell you everything to do.

http://www.bed-bug.net/killbedbugs.html
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:38 PM   #153
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Thanks for the clarification and reply's.

I've seen a lot of information on here regarding sprays that you can use to keep that at bay or kill them. Not sure which, but I'm ok with either/or/both. Does anyone have a spray that they particularly like that they know works? If so, where can I buy it. Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:42 PM   #154
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Friendly Frog - totally understand your concern....and it is on my mind as well. My hope is that things will be well under control within the next month but if not.....we will have to rethink our trip. Unfortunately someone carrying them to the hotel is how we got them....and I certainly don't want to do this to someone else. I totally respect your question and concern. I'm trying to stay positive, though, as the bugs are gone from our upstairs now. The bed bug dog comes again today to let us know where things stand downstairs. Hope for the best but prepared for the worst.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:52 PM   #155
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Thank you Tndislvr for being so understanding about my concern. I feel very sorry for all that you are going through and I am quite relieved to know that you are a responsible and caring person.

I can't help but wonder if the reason you are going through all of this is because someone else in a situation like yours, was not as responsible.

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Old 08-05-2010, 04:07 PM   #156
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Thanks, Friendly Frog! It is possible that is how this happened to us.....or the person who brought them may not have even known they had them (as a lot of people don't even react to the bites). It has been hard not to blame someone for this....but I've tried to just believe that no one knowingly did this and deal with it as best I can.

I'm crossing my fingers that tonight has good results. I'm starting to think my daughters "bites" over the weekend were really hives due to dad giving her cow's milk a few times (we are trying to wean her from soy as she didn't tolerate milk well as a baby) as they disappeared so quickly. As for my son - his allergies have been acting up this week so his "spots" I mentioned in a previous post could simply be an allergic reaction as they don't really look like bites either. I've just been so paranoid.

We'll see what tonight brings when the dog comes. I'm trying to be optimistic because just a week ago the dogs said we were clean with the exception of a closet (which was treated and we have not opened in the past week). I'll let everyone know what happens.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:33 PM   #157
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I recommend Cedarcide's product Best Yet. I checked on the site someone listed earlier (http://www.topbedbugproducts.com/) and found it is the only bed bug product that is rated 5 stars. It is also the only one with a residual effect.

I ordered it from Cedarcide's website. We bought gallons of Best Yet and the fogger. We also bought some Pro Choice to wash our clothes from the trip so we didn't have to throw anything out. We thought we'd use a lot of it, but one fogging has kept our house free of wasps, flies, spiders, lady bugs, box elder bugs, bed bugs and fleas for 6 months so far. Cedarcide sent small spritzer bottles that I refill with Best Yet and use everyday as a bug repellant. This is the product I spray in our luggage hoping that it will discourage pests from coming home with us in the future.

I don't mean to scare anyone, but bed bugs are not the only concern anymore. We went from getting eaten alive by bed bugs in Vegas to a pet friendly hotel in Scottsdale where we picked up fleas. More and more hotels are allowing pets in the rooms. Some set aside a few specific rooms for people travelling with pets, but many we stayed at allowed pets in any room. This means that it is possible to pick up fleas from any pet friendly hotel. Both the Marriott and Hilton in Scottsdale and Phoenix allowed pets in any room so fleas can be a problem in nice hotels, not just inexpensive ones (just like bed bugs).

We sprayed with Resmethins and Pyrethrins (commonly used flea killers) on the trip but still brought them home in our luggage. I think many bugs are building up resistance to frequently used pesticides. We found dead fleas in our house by our luggage after spraying with Cedarcide.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:53 AM   #158
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It's a great day!

Great news!!!! The bed bug dog came again last night and for the second time in a week she did not alert for bed bugs in the house!!!!! I think my paranoia was getting the better of me when my daughter got hives the other day. The dog even got up on the suspected bed, sniffed all the linens, pillows, complete bed frame and NOTHING. Nada! The handler even took her out and brought her in again for a second round and same results second time. So really, three times in the past week the "experts" have indicated no bed bugs (well, last week they were still in one closet but not now!). The handler said the dogs are 95% accurate but she said that two different visits within a week with the same results she feels the dogs are a lot closer to 100% in this instance.

Now, the next hurdle will be me not assuming bed bugs every time one of us has a blemish. I think I will probably make that assumption for quite a while. This whole experience is something I will never forget.

We will still live out of plastic bags for a while longer and I will probably have the dogs come again in 2 or 3 weeks to do one final check. Yeah, I know that is probably overkill and money we could better spend on something else but for the peace of mind it'll give me I think I'll have them come again in a few weeks.

Thanks again to all of you! I hope I can soon close this thread or change the title to "I had bed bugs.....and beat them!".
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:00 PM   #159
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Very glad to hear it's over!!!!! I know kind of random, but what kind of dog was doing the inspecting??? LOL
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:09 PM   #160
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Congrats!

Hopefully they're gone for good!

Now take a deep breath and relax. . .
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:12 PM   #161
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Now I'm scared!!!!
We will be staying at POP in December! Is there anything you can take on vacation with you that's compact to spray? If I find evidence, it doesn't sound like Disney will be too concerned! My DH will blow a fuse!
Thanks for the all info. and the "heads up"!!!!!!!

My head is already itching!!!!!
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:29 PM   #162
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Thanks!

Alice - it was a beautiful German Shepherd. Gorgeous dog. The other is another kind of Shepherd but I can't remember what kind. I can't tell you how grateful I am to these wonderful creatures. They are so smart!

katybugsmom - I outlined several posts above what I am going to do to attempt to prevent bringing them home again. As for spray - if you actually see a bug I really believe Disney will take care of you (from what other posters have said). I'm sure your fear is what if you don't (which is my fear and why I'm going to behave as if we have been exposed even if not). That being said, Raid does make a bed bug and flea killer. That is what it is called I believe. It is the same pesticide my PCO has used (but a different concentration). I believe it will kill them on contact and has some residual effect. However, after what we have been through I don't know that I'd automatically treat a bed/furniture not knowing if bed bugs are present. Believe me, I understand your fear but those pesticides are some pretty potent chemicals. I think the residual could be what made my daughter break out in hives the other day (and it had been sprayed two weeks prior). I have been hearing about some natural products that repel or kill bed bugs. I may contemplate taking something like that with me. Cedarcide was one that was mentioned but there are others.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:39 PM   #163
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I checked it into that cedarcide product too and it sounds really great. I know it says it kills on contact but as I was glancing around the site, I couldn't tell if there was any residual killing. I would love to take something with me on our trip that I could spray around our room and on the beds but obviously this would not be cool, seeing as how some people are afraid of chemicals. I wonder if this cedarcide stuff would be acceptable to spray in our hotel room when we got there. What does everyone think about that???
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:22 PM   #164
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Great news on the all clear!!

I totally understand the paranoia of any bite or bump and fearing the bed bugs. I am still like that and it's been a 1.5 years since our experience and we were fortunate enough to not bring them home. I can only imagine the fear after everything you've been through! We returned from Pop last week and after a thorough check my room appeared to be bed bug-free. Nobody in my family had any bites either. Even though I am pretty sure we were clear I did not bring the suitcases in the house and every afternoon this week I have laid them open in the hot, sunny driveway (heat index over 100*) to burn out any that may have hitched. I don't want to take any chances!

Those dogs are amazing aren't they! Congrats on the all clear!
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:49 PM   #165
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Congratulations! I totally understand your wanting to have the dog come again in 2-3 weeks. That way if a critter or two got missed you would have a much easier time catching it and going forward, rather than not knowing until you have a major boom. I think it is a very smart thing to do that could end up saving you money!

Sending you even more pixie dust!
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