Bed Bugs at SSR

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by rgf207, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. lacrosse_lady72

    lacrosse_lady72 I

    Jul 28, 2008
    It's not the bug itself that bothers me. I mean I don't love bugs, but I don't care. It's the PITA stuff that I'd have to do to remove the bugs from my home. And the stuff that would be ruined and I'd have to throw away.
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  3. smiths02

    smiths02 DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2009
    Seriously? The cost and pain of getting rid of the things is terrible.

    Also, mosquitoes kill many people every year by spreading disease.

    I don't know if you would feel it was overplayed if your house was infested with bed bugs or a loved one was seriously ill from bird flu, malaria, etc.

    ABE4DISNEY DIS Veteran

    Feb 16, 2009
    Maybe I missed it but did the OP ever post what section of SSR the bedbugs were located?:confused3
  5. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Reserving the right to make jokes out of typos - b

    Jun 11, 2005
    Respectfully, if your roommate was avid about checking for bedbugs and there was no issue the first couple of days, it sounds like the bedbugs were introduced to the room after you arrived - it would seem more reasonable that one of you brought them in (without knowing), than that they were already in the room.
  6. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Reserving the right to make jokes out of typos - b

    Jun 11, 2005
    Wouldn't really matter. The bugs were gone ("poofed") after the OP notified officials.

    That room could never see another bedbug... or the next guest could bring in a new infestation.
  7. OklahomaTourist

    OklahomaTourist Mouseketeer

    May 3, 2008
    About two years ago, someone I know was responsible for managing the day-to-day in-home health care for a senior relative in deteriorating health. Rather than put them in a nursing home, an in-home agency was used; just a short time after the service commenced visitations, the relative's home was infested with bedbugs. They were discovered on the mattress of the in-home health worker (who was, at times, staying overnight). They were later found in the sofa and carpeting.

    They are a menace to get rid of. The agency ended up paying for infestation control from a local exterminator, and then to have the sofa, mattress, et al steam cleaned. After two or three trips, there was finally concurrence that the things had been exterminated from the home. I know some say this "threat" has been overblown, but after hearing this story, I know I want *nothing* to do with them. If that puts me in the more-paranoid-than-not camp, well, so be it.

    Although I don't travel much, over the last few years, after hearing that story, I've started inspecting any hotel room I stay in first thing. I check mattress corners, pulling up any coverings and sheets (at the corners/seams), and look under and around any upholstered furniture (particularly sofas, and sofas with foldaway beds) for possible telltale debris. You can't possibly inspect every nook, crannie, and crevice of a room, but a good basic inspection that takes only a few minutes at some conspicuous points should give you a fairly strong level of confidence that your room is OK.

    What I've found in my little "mini inspection" at a few hotels is that most larger chains (and this is a generality, I realize, so the implied caveat is offered) are starting to replace their mattresses more frequently, and some mattresses even have inspection date tags that would only be seen (typically) by maintenance staff (and the occasional nosy guest like me). I think they take the problem seriously and are trying, as best they can, to be proactive about it. I think the inevitable weak-link in the chain is the individual maintenance staffer who may or may not have been properly trained to look for the filthy things when they are turning over a room, or under time pressure to get the room turned over does not do a sufficient job of checking, esp when in reality the probability of finding them in any one room is probably not very high. Just speculation on my part.
  8. xipotec

    xipotec Grinning Ghosts

    Feb 16, 2011
    This is my point, mosquitoes are much more deadly. And much more common. Besides an allergic reaction, there is no proof bed bugs transmit diseases in humans.

    Now having to spray pesticides all over the place, that is dangerous!

    I would worry alot more about the people handling your food than bed bugs...
  9. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    Don't tell that to one of my dd's friends at camp a few years ago. It took her over 6 months to deal with the bites that covered most of her body. And we won't go into the infections that ensued!!!

    That's pretty accurate!!!

    Nope. Not really. There is no way anyone, not even you I would assume, wants to get into a bed that is home to bedbugs. The bites are unbelievable itchy. It really impacts your life. and it takes awhile for the bites to go's not just a few days.

    My dd's camp had two different episodes of bedbugs. The first time, the girl in the top of the bunk, over my dd, was covered with bites after their first night at camp!! She looked like she has measles. My dd had some bites but mostly on her upper arms. The director knew exactly what it was...the housing was cleared, the girls were told hand over everything they had brought with them. They gave their pj's first so that the counselors could wash those first and then the girls would have something 'clean' to sleep in. They washed every sheet, every pillow, every bit of clothing. Even my dd's favorite bear was sent through the drier!!! The kids were put in another building and given their belongings the next day.
    Every single wooden bunk was taken out and destroyed...huge bonfire that night!!!

    Again a few years later...but to a much lesser extent. Now, when dd comes home from camp, her stuff stays in the garage, and goes directly into the wash, highest possible water temp, and into the dryer..again, hottest available. The duffle bags do into a large green trash bag and into the trunk of the car for a week or so.That way, if anything hitched home, it's now dead!!!

    All it takes is one bag to pick up bedbugs at an airport. Or for a traveler to put their bags down and have bugs jump on for the trip. Then, all the bags are now subjected to bedbugs. All you have to do is touch something else with the dang things on it. Then, into the resort room they go. They will hide out for a bit. Then, out they come and hide in the bedding. I doubt any of the housekeepers are doing an adequate job of looking for bedbugs when cleaning rooms. They should, but they probably don't!!
    So, I check for myself. My bags don't get unpacked until I've checked out those mattress seams and along the baseboards and behind headboards if at all possible.
  10. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

    Jul 6, 2004
    I have to ask: Did you notify them of the problem when you were there? There have been other posters who had bed bug problems, and when they notified Disney at the time, they were well taken care of. As in moved to a new room, given new clothes and toiletries, and having their stuff treated so they wouldn't take the bugs home with them.

    I can see why they would be loath to take a claim made after you left WDW very seriously. At any rate, I'm sorry you had to deal with bed bugs.

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