Bed Bugs at SSR

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  1. rgf207

    rgf207 DIS Veteran

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    My SIL is currently at SSR with her entire family. 7 people total including a 2 year old. They are in a 2 bedroom at SSR and they have bed bugs everywhere. DSIL just called DW and told her.

    Disney is completely taking care of them though which I thought was great. They are treating all of their clothes, getting them a new room and giving them money to go to Wal-Mart or somewhere to purchase new clothes.

    Just a warning. I'm not sure how you can prevent this but people need to be aware.
     
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  3. BeccaG

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    Did she mention a room number?
     
  4. gillenkl

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    I feel very bad for your family. This is my #1 hotel fear! Unfortunately it can happen anywhere - deluxes, mods, and values. I try to do a thorough room check before we made ourselves at home and bring in our luggage - not sure if it helps but it makes me feel better.
     
  5. sunsetbeachgal

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    Ugh...wonder if other rooms are affected? What a horrible thought..
     
  6. rgf207

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    no she didn't but I'll find out and post an update
     
  7. Polydweller

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    Why bother? The bed bugs will have been dealt with by Disney. They have a very good program for this like all good hotels. The room won't be permanently infested, Disney will get rid of them and check nearby rooms, so the room number won't help anybody. You shoud check out any room you occupy.

    As people say, bed bugs can occur anywhere. They can come in on people's luggage just by being near another piece of luggage that's infested during transit. The real issue is what the hotel does when they are notified and the OP reports that Disney is handling this well and they do.

    There is no practical way for a hotel to prevent them arriving on guests luggage/belongings so no practical way to prevent them from entering the hotel. Your best defence is to do checks of the rooms and your luggage before occupying the room. They love to hide in seams.
     
  8. Beth521

    Beth521 Earning My Ears

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    Oh my gosh! That is so awful....heeby jeebies just thinking about it!:headache:


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  9. magicmommy

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    Thanks for posting. I keep my eyes wide open since we check into AKL next Friday and SSR the Friday after!
     
  10. OklahomaTourist

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    Ugh. Just plain ugh.

    I know these things can show up anywhere, anytime, regardless of how "nice" the place is, and I know Disney will aggressively combat the filthy things, but man, just ugh!

    As these things continue to proliferate, it almost seems to me that at some point there may come a time when hoteliers in general have to adopt a practice of some minimum effort at pest control every time a room gets turned over. May be a difficult or expensive practice if you (as an example) bug-bomb/fumigate a room and have to keep it unoccupied for a day, but it may be that doing so ends up being cheaper than having to fork out $$$ to have clothes laundered, pay for new clothes, and still end up having to clean the room.

    Anyone have any links to "best practices" articles about what the hotel industry is going to do about these things?? About time we brought back DDT...
     
  11. chicagodisneyfan

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    Bed bugs are a nuisance, but to a healthy person, they are not threatening to ones health. DDT would be a huge overreaction.
     
  12. Deb & Bill

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    How did your SIL arrive? If she flew, she might have brought them in herself. No need to worry about getting this same room. It will be cleaned and bedbugs eliminated because Disney takes care of things once they happen.
     
  13. OklahomaTourist

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    Not in my book, especially since it has long since been demonstrated that the "evils" assigned to DDT back in the 70's were largely fantasy/hysteria. Many third-world countries have begged western nations (the US in particular) to start making DDT again as an anti-mosquito agent to control malaria....but that's a topic for a different thread, I s'pose.
     
  14. Sue M

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    Thanks for the reminder to be vigilant. But just wondering why mouse keeping wouldn't notice them on room turnover? They have to strip bedding so you'd think they would be trained to look for them on mattresses? :confused3
     
  15. mrsltg

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    As others have said, this can happen anywhere. I won't bring anything past the threshold of the room until I have checked the beds (pull the sheets up and check the mattress seams) and the upholstered furniture. I am very pleased to say that I have never found anything!
     
  16. dixiegirl

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    Best you can do for yourself is thoroughly check the room before you move in with any of your belongings. Unfortunately the hotel may not always be the source of these little buggers - could've picked them up on the plane or if the luggage was stored with any other luggage at any time.

    Huge nuisance for everyone.
     
  17. clareita

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    The day Disney brings in a highly toxic agent like DDT to combat what is essentially a nuisance, although one with big ick factor, is the last time I even think about staying in one of their hotels.
     
  18. Polydweller

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    No doubt they are trained, but the bugs can come in on the luggage of the new guests. And those guests wouldn't know that they were in the luggage if they don't check thorougly. And, hotelier background here, hotels find them by such methods frequently and deal with it before new guests are put in that room. I have absolutely no doubt Disney has as well.

    The problem is there is absolutely no known way to 100% keep them out of a hotel and if someone knows such a method there is an entire industry that will be ecstatic
     
  19. bearloch

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    I too check every time and have never seen any thankfully!! BUT I have a lot of friends who have seen them expecially in TAXIS!!
     
  20. Polydweller

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    Do a search and you'll find lots of best practice documents. Bug bomb and DDT are never the way to go, never going to put your guests in rooms that are saturated with poisonous chemicals.

    Hoteliers (I'm one) are doing lots of things to control them. There are procedures in place in every properly managed hotel that I know of. There are inspections when rooms are empty and/or changed over, specially trained dogs are often brought in to see if there is an infestation, even throwing out furniture and furnishings are done. The hotel market is very definitely doing whatever it can. But, bed bugs are an international problem and not exclusive to hotels. They are literally found everywhere in every type of building.

    As long as they exist they will be brought into buildings including hotels. We try to prevent them but the best measure of a hotel is their response to finding a problem and getting rid of clothes etc, thermally treating the room, assisting your guests to both help them and prevent the bugs fom traveling with them and perhaps to their houses etc is the right thing to do. Disney handled this well and if all hotels do this then the problem can be controlled. But until someone finds a way to eradicate them from the world we will be dealing with this menace.
     
  21. eMd

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    I recently replied to a non-Disney hotel thread regarding Bed Bugs.
    I had my own run in with bed bugs at a family rental house in New Jersey Memorial Day of 2011. Here is what I wrote in the other thread.

     

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