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Old 08-31-2010, 09:27 AM   #1
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ACK! Bed bugs at Pop!

I am totally freaking out. Just got a call from my sister who has been at Pop all week. She found bed bugs in her son's bed. I feel horrible because I recommended Pop to her and I'm scheduled to go there in November.

The thought alone of bed bugs makes me itch.

She's leaving tonight so I don't know what guest services can do for her.

Ick. Just ick!
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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Did she take one down to the front desk and let them know what was going on? The earlier they get rid of them the better. Plus, was she sure that they were bed bugs?
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:33 AM   #3
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Bed bugs are everywhere now...even in clothing shops!!! With the number of people traveling, around the world now, these critters are showing up all over the place. The pesticides used to combat them isn't nearly strong enough.
I'm sure it's distressing to find bed bugs while at a hotel/resort. We have to be sure to alert the hotel/resort managers so they can deal with the issue.
Hopefully, your sister's trip wasn't badly affected by this. Hate those little bugs...my dd's camp had them, twice, last year!!! Not easy to deal with.

Tell your sister to put all the clothes right into a hot wash, followed by two hot cycles of drying. The luggage should not come into the house...put it into a large trash bag and leave it in the trunk of the car for a few days. The bed bugs are killed by high heat...leaving the bags in a trash bag, in a trunk, out in the sun if at all possible, is a great way to kill the little critters. Worked for us.
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Don't feel guilty as this could happen at any resort. I hope she gives you more details. I'm curious if they put them in a different room or just treated the room they're in. It seems like changing rooms would just infect the new room.

Sorry about this.

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My sister is a "squeaky wheel" type. She went to guest services and they were comped for one night's stay. They were leaving today anyway but my sister is freaking out. I told her about treating the luggage and their clothing. Such a bummer.
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Disney does have a routine for the bed bugs thing but I'm not sure if they have stuck to that since the incidents have risen in number.

But part of that regimen used to include steam washing every article of clothing that wasn't made of or contained plastics like rayon, nylon, spandex etc.. (and would therefore melt)

She might wish to ask a manager about that.
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Disney does have a routine for the bed bugs thing but I'm not sure if they have stuck to that since the incidents have risen in number.

But part of that regimen used to include steam washing every article of clothing that wasn't made of or contained plastics like rayon, nylon, spandex etc.. (and would therefore melt)

She might wish to ask a manager about that.
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I saw this news article on Yahoo News a few days ago....it has some tips on travel http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/201008...prweb4430174_1
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I saw this news article on Yahoo News a few days ago....it has some tips on travel http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/201008...prweb4430174_1
I thought the article was interesting in that it recommended that when you come home you should run your clothes through the dryer. Didn't mention running them through the washer. Should we not be washing them first then?
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I thought the article was interesting in that it recommended that when you come home you should run your clothes through the dryer. Didn't mention running them through the washer. Should we not be washing them first then?
There was a story on one of the morning shows this morning (possibly GMA) about bed bugs. It indicated that what kills them is the heat. It dries out their bodies and they die, so just the dryer should be plenty.
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Are these bugs noticeable? I am going in Dec to Disney and am freaking already! ugh But I just got back from Hershey and i was lifting mattresses and inspecting everything like a lunatic!! Will i be able to spot them with my eye?
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Did she get verification that they were actually bed bugs?
Were they moved to another room and did Disney admit they were bed bugs?

Just wondering.
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I thought the article was interesting in that it recommended that when you come home you should run your clothes through the dryer. Didn't mention running them through the washer. Should we not be washing them first then?

No, the dryer is correct. Heat kills them. You have to realize with most types of detergents these days, people often wash in cold water and that doesn't do a thing for them.

Another suggestion that I read, that was also written by a PP is that you put your luggage in a plastic bag, without bringing it into the house, and put it in your trunk for about two days. The heat build-up this time of year will kill them.
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Are these bugs noticeable? I am going in Dec to Disney and am freaking already! ugh But I just got back from Hershey and i was lifting mattresses and inspecting everything like a lunatic!! Will i be able to spot them with my eye?
Bed bugs are reddish brown in color. They have an oval shaped body and tend to be about the size of a small seed, like an apple or orange seed.

You can look up a picture online to see exactly what they look like. They are somewhat distinctive in color.
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We are taking the opposite approach up here. A lot of canuckies just leave their suitcases in the garage for a couple days (toiletries out of course) and let them freeze if we are travelling in the winter. A guy up here in Canada has taken it one step further with the freezing idea and started a business.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/...607/story.html
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