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Old 07-21-2010, 01:00 PM   #91
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I did a lot of research after reading the thread. The "rash" looks like bed bugs, but bed bug bites can look really different on different people. Then we looked at heat rash and the bites look like that on his back. Now, on his leg he has 6 bites 3 in one line and then another 3 in one line. (He doesn't sleep with covers). When reading on some pest control sites they said that can be a sign that they are bed bugs and not something else. So, again, nothing has been conclusive. We don't know either way. I just wish I would have followed some of the percautions all of you have been forthcoming with. We are traveling again in the next week, and I'll for certain take your advice. As for now, I'm having a pest control coming out to do an ispection since it's free and then after talking with them- see what the next step might be if anything. I'm so sorry you are dealing with this but appreciate the fact you are letting others Know the reality of the bed bug situation. I'm not going to panic yet, but I'm going to do what I can now in hopes that if it is bedbugs they don't get out of control
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:27 PM   #92
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I had to call a friend to find out the name but it works good I was just told,sounds like you need alot.I hope this works,I may order some for myself and try it before checking in the room give it a good spray,like disney SHOULD be doing.

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Old 07-21-2010, 02:01 PM   #93
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Please take precautions if you choose to use the above Permacide ^^^^
It is highly toxic to cats and may be toxic to smaller dogs as well.

While it is not thought to be immediately toxic to human beings, prolonged exposure may cause skin reaction and nasal or oral contact is thought to have carcinogenic effects on the liver.
So make sure you administer this product while wearing a mask (to prevent inhaling) and rubber gloves.

There is a product called "Rest Easy" that is supposed to be a "green", non-toxic bed bug killer. I imagine it's not quite as effective as the chemical pesticide versions, but it might give people some piece of mind knowing that it could significantly lower their chances of bringing the critters home with you. Apparently you can spray both the inside and outside of your luggage with it and also use it on the bed and surrounding areas in hotel rooms.
http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/re...ray-p-848.html
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:41 PM   #94
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Craigdarroch is absolutely right. I didn't start the thread to cause panic or paranoia....just really want to spare anyone else the situation we are enduring now. If I had known then what I know now we would NOT have brought these bugs home with us. Hopefully the info people have seen on this thread helps to know how to check for bed bugs and how to ensure you don't bring them home even if you don't see any signs in your room. PP is also correct that probably 98% of the time you are fine and don't need to worry. We really just got unlucky.

That being said, bed bugs are an epidemic now. There have been reports in 48 states and the incidents are increasing due to the ease of spreading the bugs and their resistance to pesticides. They are quite strong and from what I've read even if DDT were still legal to use they are now immune. I have read that scientists are working on new pesticides since BB's are so resistant to most of the stuff we have available now. That is why it is taking so long to get rid of them in my house. The pesticide my PCO uses kills what it hits but residuals don't really work on bed bugs. They are also using IGR's (insect growth regulators) which doesn't kill the bugs but interferes with their growth cycle and renders them sterile. However, the effectiveness of IGR's is debatable on these guys. I think the best thing we can all do is to try to prevent the spread of bed bugs. From now on when I travel, even if just over night, I will treat my belongings as if they have been exposed. Sure, it will be a pain, but well worth it. I NEVER want to go through this again.

Mom - you are doing the right thing by getting a PCO to your home ASAP. I wish we had sooner (as I waited almost 4 weeks) as maybe then our problem would have been easier to eradicate. You might want to ask them ahead of time their policy on treating bed bugs. All PCO's in my area refuse to treat unless there are visible signs or a bed bug dog indicates them in your home. In my case, initially there were no visible signs in the house but the dog found them. Keep me posted and best of luck to you!

Craigdarroch - as always, thanks for thinking of me! It really means a lot and helps to know I have friends out there rooting for me in this battle!
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:49 PM   #95
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This has been a very helpful thread as I travel a lot for work and was already checking the mattress and keeping my luggage off the floor.

When you travel as a family where do you put your clothes if not in the dressers? Would lysol wipes protect you if you wiped the dressers down before putting your clothes in?

Has anyone applied 'Rest Easy'? Do you spray it everywhere? I like the idea of something that is a lot less toxic to people.
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:33 PM   #96
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We always keep our luggage on the racks supplied in the rooms (if there is only one, politely ask if they can give you another luggage rack, they're usually happy to oblige). We hang our clothes in the closet, provided we check the hangers first and the clothes do not touch any of the surrounding walls in the closet (you can also bring your own hangers from home).
When you take an item of clothing out of your case, or put one back in, always zip or latch the suitcase shut (don't leave it sitting open or undone). This may seem like a hassle, but we do it on every trip and it's really not a big deal.

If you must use the dresser drawers, make sure to do a thorough inspection. We actually bring a small magnifier on vacation with us (we started doing this when we took my niece and nephew on vacation as they got slivers that were hard to get out without a magnifier), but they come in handy for inspecting the bed, frames, drawers, etc.
If you can bring some "rest easy" with you, it wouldn't hurt to spray the drawers first, as well as spraying the outside of your closed luggage. I personally wouldn't spray it inside my suitcase, but if you're really paranoid, it sounds like it's non-toxic and wouldn't be a problem.

We also leave a note for housekeeping telling them NOT to turn on the air conditioning. Bed bugs love the cold. We ony turn it on when we are actually in the room.

As far as bites, I think in the future I am going to invest in a lightweight pair of "full" pajamas (long-sleeved top and full length pants style) rather than nighties or the t-shirt and boxers my DH and I normally sleep in.

I'm hoping that little things will go a long way.

Tndislvr.... hope today has a little rainbow in it just for you
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:25 PM   #97
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:09 PM   #98
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Please take precautions if you choose to use the above Permacide ^^^^
It is highly toxic to cats and may be toxic to smaller dogs as well.

While it is not thought to be immediately toxic to human beings, prolonged exposure may cause skin reaction and nasal or oral contact is thought to have carcinogenic effects on the liver.
So make sure you administer this product while wearing a mask (to prevent inhaling) and rubber gloves.

There is a product called "Rest Easy" that is supposed to be a "green", non-toxic bed bug killer. I imagine it's not quite as effective as the chemical pesticide versions, but it might give people some piece of mind knowing that it could significantly lower their chances of bringing the critters home with you. Apparently you can spray both the inside and outside of your luggage with it and also use it on the bed and surrounding areas in hotel rooms.
http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/re...ray-p-848.html
Yes, and please consider not using the products inside a pet friendly room/hotel. I don't know how long it remains toxic, but it would be so sad if your use of this product killed or sickened the next guest's pet. Even some green or non-toxic products can still make an animal ill. ( Just like onions or grapes can make a dog ill.)

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Old 07-23-2010, 02:47 AM   #99
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Sorry to hear the troubles of all of you who've had bedbug issues. I'm sitting here itching! It's awful and I feel for you. I've never checked for bedbugs even though I'm scared to death to get them. I guess I'm always just too excited to be on vacation that I never think to. So thank you very much to the initial poster who reminded us to do so, hopefully saving us from the same fate! We're visiting Disney in a few months and I definitely will be checking.

I googled images of bedbugs so I would know what to look for and found a site called bed bug registry. Apparently you can report the bed bug problem, not really sure how it works or if it's new and maybe there aren't many listings yet. It's too late for me to do any researching on it tonight. I just checked my hotel and it wasn't listed Maybe some of you might find the site interesting.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:00 AM   #100
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....can anyone please help me out here:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2434697

Thanks in advance!
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There are no reports of bedbugs at Mystic Dunes, and you can look it up just as easily as anyone else can.

www.bedbugregistry.com
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:45 AM   #102
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kimmar - I wish I could but I've never stayed at Mystic Dunes before. Have heard of it as it is an exchange resort through RCI or Interval I believe (member of both and I remember Mystic Dunes popping up as a trade possibility). Sorry I can't be of more assistance.

On the bed bug front.....still fighting them. My PCO is really getting frustrated as he says usually 2 or 3 treatments and he is able to get rid of them. We've had 4 and they are still going strong. My daughter wakes up with new bites almost daily. At least I'm taking it better now....but really wish we could get rid of these things. Really tired of living in fear we will spread them....and would love to stop living out of plastic bags.

Have to say I am getting nervous about our September trip. I don't know if I'll even be able to sleep in the hotel after our last bad experience.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:03 AM   #103
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I feel so bad for you tndislvr I wish I could magically make them go away.

The fact that they are still biting your daughter means that they are still finding a way to feed.

I'm sincerely hoping they will be gone very shortly and hopefully long before your Sept. trip, BUT... if they're not, maybe the trip is just what you need.

Turn the heat up in your home when you leave (I know it will cost money but hey, at this point, whatever it takes to get rid of the critters) and perhaps when they are made uncomfortable and have nothing to feed on, they'll die off.

Like I said though, I really pray they are gone long before that

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Old 07-26-2010, 11:04 AM   #104
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I travel with my own pillow and sheets, I am also a clean freak and inspect and clean our room before we carry in our luggage everytime. However still ended up bring home bedbugs from our last fall trip to Disney it has been almost a year and we have had to get rid of alot. It seems they made a nest in our toddler bed rail that we took and the pillow that I took. We have had our home sprayed 4 times just for this a week apart at first and now we are on a 3 month protocol. In order for the exterminator to spray we had to rip our bedroom apart. All the curtains had to come down and be washed. We lost a bamboo large recliner chair that was in our room because it was infested with them from the camera bag sitting in it which was covered in bed bugs. Due to this we started sleeping on the couch in the living room and must have transferred some when we first moved before we became so educated about how they move, grow and to look for them. So we ended up having to also get rid of our couch and get a new one. Not to mention the horrible rash I had for months till all the bites healed. We have since gotten a bedbug mattress cover, all new pillows with bedbug safe covers and are still being cautious about other items. We won't ever stay in the hotel that we got them from again, but it could be in any hotel anywhere so I will be more cautious and aware. When I used to inspect the bed I would spray with Lysol to disenfect and thought that would take care of the bedbugs as well, but it doesn't. There are lots of bug sprays availabe that are dog and cat safe that kill bedbugs we bought some at Lowe's. Just do some research and be careful. Bedbugs are VERY hard to get rid of and can be VERY EXPENSIVE. We have had 2 trips back to Disney since then and not had any issues. Sorry so long but hope it helps somone avoid our issues.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:26 AM   #105
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The one thing they tell you never to do if you want to avoid bedbugs is bring your own pillow or any bedding to a hotel.

The horror is not so much in finding you have bedbugs in your hotel room (while that is indeed unpleasant), the horror is in bringing them home with you.

It's bad enough they will often hitchhike home in your clothing or shoes or luggage, you don't want to give them more opportunity by bringing your own bedding with you.
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