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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:24 AM

This Entomologist Has a Travel Warning: Always Put Your Suitcase in the Hotel Bathroom

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/suitcase-hotel-bathroom-36634785

There’s just something about walking into your hotel room after a long flight, flinging your suitcase (and yourself) on the bed, and officially entering vacation mode. It just feels all sorts of right, doesn’t it? Well, apparently, there’s one thing about that equation that’s all sorts of wrong, according to experts. Namely, the whole flinging-your-suitcase-on-the-bed part.

Believe it or not, the best place to put your luggage when you’re staying in a hotel isn’t on the bed. Or on the floor. Or even shoved inside the closet on one of those luggage rack thingies. Nope; the smartest travelers know to store their suitcases in the hotel bathroom—or better yet, inside the tub.

Why You Should Put Your Suitcase in the Hotel Bathtub
The reason behind it is simpler than you might think, but it might make your skin crawl: bed bugs. These teeny tiny critters hide inside beds, couches, and clothing, and feast on the blood of humans to survive. (Sounds like something out of a horror movie, doesn’t it?) And if they’re present in the room, they’ll happily jump from the bed to your luggage and into your clothing, if given the chance.

“Travelers should avoid placing their luggage on upholstered surfaces and the bed when they arrive at their destination, since bed bugs are typically found on mattresses, box springs, and in the crevices of furniture and inside upholstery,” says Brittany Campbell, Ph.D., staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

Since they’re way less likely to infest a bathroom, Campbell says that it’s the safest place to store your luggage when you’re away from home. You can either place your luggage in the tub while you thoroughly check your room for bed bugs, or leave your stuff in the bathroom during your entire stay. (If you leave your bag in the bathtub, just remember to take it out before you turn on the shower. That could end pretty badly.)

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Reply This Entomologist Has a Travel Warning: Always Put Your Suitcase in the Hotel Bathroom (Original post)
Demovictory9 Aug 12 OP
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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:30 AM

1. A great tip. Makes total sense, but I never woulda thunk it on my own. NT

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Response to emmaverybo (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:53 AM

27. But I really didn't need the advice

To take the damn luggage out of the tub before turning on the shower. I guess the writer needed one more paragraph to finish the story.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #27)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 01:49 PM

42. LOL.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 02:59 AM

2. kinda makes you want to

sleep in the tub with your suitcase

dun dun duuuuuun!!!



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Response to orleans (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:12 PM

57. Or just not travel. nt

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 03:23 AM

3. Always, with the bathroom light on. Also, I dump a full can of Lysol in the room and even in the A/C

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 03:24 AM

4. Holy shit, I thought I came up with this idea!

I has bed bugs in my hotel in 2005 and changed rooms 4 times in 2 weeks. By the third room I realized they came out no matter what I did (lights on 24/7, etc) so I figured that if they are in my clothes and they crawled out of my luggage they wouldn't be able to crawl far on a slippery porcelain surface. I had about 175 bites all over my face and body and they wouldn't let me on a plane since I looked like a leper.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 03:28 AM

5. Read this years ago--especially after having a bed bug attack at home.

The bed bugs came from the neighboring townhouse. They cleaned their carpets to rid themselves of bed bugs that their homeless daughter's mattress brought in, and the creatures crawled through the walls to our side. Thankfully, we got rid of them. At first we thought it was mosquito bites, then one day I looked around the back of the bed and saw bed bugs scrambling out of site. The next several hours were a stressful battle to get rid of them. It was horrible.

Ever since, I always lift the sheets and check the mattress back and front in hotels (which believe me, is no pleasure to look at even in high priced places—some of their mattresses are soooo old); we never leave our luggage on the bed, chairs, etc; and when we get home, the suitcases never leave the garage and all clothes get washed before coming back inside.

It sucks, but believe me...bed bugs are a horror—anxiety at bed time.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:59 AM

29. Stressful HOURS? Took me a friggin' YEAR to rid my house ...

And getting rid of all the beds entirely and replacing them. Even slept in the living room for a couple months (which is far from the bedrooms) in order to not introduce the new bed (with bug-proof coverings on the springs, mattress, and pillows) to the rooms where the bugs had been.

You got off WAY easy

Pretty sure we got them from the maid service we had in ...

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #29)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 01:45 AM

64. Oh crap! That sounds awful. Yeah, I believe we caught them semi early.

I used the (had no choice) Raid Bedbug spray at first, and then got bed bug covers for both mattress and box.
That seemed to stop it. But between the time I took care of it (a week or so), I didn't sleep well. Kept hearing my wife scratching herself during the night—and it was bed bugs. I saw the trails of blood on the sheets. "Crap!"
I think the ultimate end was covering the mattresses. I also put the feet of the beds in jars, and covered them with Vaseline, and taped over all outlets near the bed—because they were coming from the neighbor's unit.
Even then, I felt uncomfortable sleeping, knowing they were underneath the bedbug covers. I didn't want to but a new mattress until I was sure there were no more.
But yeah, we're lucky it didn't spread throughout the house.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 03:39 AM

6. Sad and scary.

The message is that ALL hotel rooms have bedbugs. You can't possibly do anything about it, other than put your luggage in the hotel bathtub.

Am I the only person that thinks this is genuinely sad and distressing?

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 04:10 AM

7. But, but, but...

if you're sleeping in the bed where the bed bugs could have jumped into your suitcases, aren't they climbing on to your body while you sleep in that very bed at night - an even cozier place to actually feast (on your blood) than your luggage?

This makes no sense to me. Someone please explain to me where my logic has failed here.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:04 AM

9. It's so they don't catch a ride on your luggage

And you take them home.

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Response to xmas74 (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:11 AM

17. They would still be on your clothes you wear to bed and stuff.

I would be curious if this would actually help or if this is just someones idea that "makes sense" but isn't accurate.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #17)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:19 AM

18. Clothes would be easier to clean and kill the bugs.

Suitcases usually have too many nooks for hiding.

A friend who travels regularly swears by this. She puts her suitcase in the tub then strips the bed to check for them. She's very careful because she had a severe reaction once that included an overnight observation in the hospital. She's only found them one other time. She was given a new room and she immediately changed her clothes, putting them in a trash bag and then checked the new room nude. She showered, dressed and took the clothes immediately down to a washing machine.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #17)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:13 AM

21. Yes, they could be, but it's all a matter of building up the odds in your favor

The more you do to prevent it, the greater your chances are. And if you really want to eliminate the chance of them hitching a ride on your clothes, keep some recently washed clothes in a sealed plastic bag. Walk out of the hotel room, immediately go to a laundromat or any place where there's a dryer, find a place to change into said clothes in sealed bag, and immediately put the clothes you left the hotel room in in the dryer. They say 15 minutes should be enough to kill any bed bugs, so do a half hour to be sure.

I survived a bed bug infestation in my house. Eventually had to fumigate it to get rid of them for good. But this was my trick for whenever I left or went to anybody's house. I ran my clothes through the dryer, put them on, and immediately left. It worked.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:43 AM

25. This makes no sense to me, either.

Plus, I think storing all your things in the germ-infested bathroom where they can get ruined by all the steam sounds stupid.

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Response to kcr (Reply #25)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:06 PM

30. Germs are nothing compared to bedbugs. And steam isn't going to 'ruin' your clothes

Everywhere in a hotel room is germ-infested. Bathrooms are at least specifically designed to not provide surfaces hospitable to most germs. And it's also not hospitable to bedbugs, who like hidey places, preferably in fabric or perhaps wood. Plus they live near where the food is ... the bed.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #30)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:11 PM

31. If clothes are the only thing you travel with, fine.

And if you strip naked the minute you walk into a hotel room, also fine. Those kinds of trips are fun Otherise, it makes no sense.

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Response to kcr (Reply #31)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:25 PM

35. You're right that there's a BUNCH more you really need to do than just that ...

But the WORST things you can do are:
1) Putting your suitcase and/or clothes on the bed, and
2) Putting your bedclothes straight back into your suitcase.

Bedclothes should be kept in separate, sealed plastic bed once you've slept in them once, and brought home that way as well.

It's all about reducing the odds, you see.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #35)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:38 PM

37. Right, but my point is it doesn't sound like it would actually help

If bed bugs are truly so insidious that they require clothes to be hermetically sealed for days and suitcases to be quarantined in a separate building, then the only real prevention is not going where the bedbugs are. Putting your suitcase in the bathtub won't help if you have to wear clothes in the room because if they're there, those bugs will be coming home with you. It might be better to check for signs of the bugs and move to another room/hotel if you spot them.

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Response to kcr (Reply #37)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:48 PM

38. Like I say, it's about reducing the odds ... the bugs primarily live in/near the bed ...

Any clothes that get near the bed, don't put them back in suitcase unless in plastic bags.

Honestly though the most important things you can do are more likely the things you do when you get home ... like washing all the clothes immediately, and then quarantine your bag(s), preferably in plastic bags, and definitely out in the garage or attic or the like.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 01:54 AM

65. From what I recall (after having them in our house), they bite just before dawn

and then crawl back into the seams of the mattress or blankets. They actually leave streaks of blood after they bite. So if you look at the sides of the mattress and see blood or black marks, there are probably bb's.
If you put luggage on the bed, you're taking a chance that they will come out of the blanket and crawl into your luggage.
I read one article that called it accidental infestation—because they don't actually try to hitch hike into new luggage or clothes, it's just an unlucky situation on the travelers' part.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 04:10 AM

8. It also occured to me that fabric suitcases would not be great to travel with.

They aren't sold as much these days, (I believe)

I have hard plastic luggage which I think would block out bed bugs when it is closed.

But I'm going to start putting them in the bathroom as you suggest.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 01:44 PM

41. Plastic, or not if there is a darkened crevice they can

Totally hitch a ride...

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:42 AM

10. More trouble.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:13 AM

11. I've spent years traveling, in this country and others.

Guess I’ve been lucky. Never met a bedbug.

Wouldn’t put my luggage on the bed anyway, but having to lift it in and out of the tub every day?

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Response to cwydro (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:09 AM

13. I travel a lot.

Not as much as some people, but I tend to average one hotel night per week by the end of a year. My husband's travel used to average a a week of hotel nights each month. Knock wood, neither of us has met a bedbug either.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:42 AM

15. YEah, not getting this advice really.

A person doesn’t wash the clothes they wear every day, so if you were getting bedbugs in your bed, they’d be on your clothes from the previous day and the day after...and so on. Makes no sense.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #15)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:48 AM

16. I was wondering about pajamas.

But then I'll admit I didn't read the entire article. I have enough "ew" in my day already.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #16)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:42 AM

20. Thanks for the important persective, guys.

I've never seen a bedbug, but we don't stay in hotel rooms very often.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #20)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:24 PM

59. I have never had bedbugs, but I check all luggage except a computer bag.

It gets brutally cold in the cargo hold of planes.

I actually worry more about getting sick from eating in food places on the road than I do about getting bed bugs or the local skin parasite.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #59)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:35 PM

60. Checking sounds like a good pro idea.

I should worry about food more, but getting to indulge in whatever's sold on the street is one of the better things about not being home.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #15)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 01:59 AM

66. If you ever sleep with bb's in your home and have to deal with it, your opinion will change QUICK.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:15 AM

22. High end hotels are pretty good at keeping the problem at bay

But I stayed in a dive motel once that definitely had them. The management denied it when we confronted them on it in the morning. Then we checked Yelp and noticed that many people had made the same complaint, and had even posted pictures of them. Check Yelp before staying in any hotels or motels. If they have a bed bug problem, odds are somebody noticed it before you and posted to Yelp about it.

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Response to Downtown Hound (Reply #22)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:00 PM

46. Well, in my younger days I had the experience of staying in pretty cheap places.

Including youth hostels in Europe, cheap rooms in Key West, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, DC, Maryland, NY...I’ve seen some bugs of other sorts, but not a bedbug, not a one.

I don’t generally stay in the same type places anymore, but certainly have been in Motel 6, Best Western etc over the last 10 years. Nary a problem.

Still never met a bed bug.

I don’t get this advice. Does one not take a bath or shower the whole time one is in the room? Or just move the suitcase in and out of the tub as one is doing so? What does the savvy (bug-terrified) traveler do with the clothes they were just wearing? Shower with them on? Immediately thrown them into bags?

This is silliness.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #46)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:06 PM

48. I do not know how old you are, but bed bugs only began to reemerge as a problem

10-15 years ago. So if you stayed in hotels/motels before that, you would likely not have had a problem.

There ultimately is no safe place from bed bugs. But since they like to live in soft places like mattresses, blankets, clothing, or carpets, they are less likely to travel into a bathroom, hence the advice to store your suitcase there. However, less likely does not mean totally safe, as you point out. It just means your chances of avoiding contamination are improved.

And yes, if you really are worried, immediately throwing your clothes into a bag when done wearing with them is actually a good idea. It may seem strange to you, but that's because you've never experienced an infestation. I have. And believe me, you won't find it so strange when you have. Bed Bugs are an absolute nightmare.

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Response to Downtown Hound (Reply #48)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:27 PM

49. I've been traveling my entire life. Pretty sure bedbugs didn't just emerge into the world.

If anything, I’ve traveled more in the last 10 years than in my younger years due to more disposable income, not to mention a part-time job for a few years with an airline - I was everywhere.

I don’t know a single soul who has ever dealt with this issue. Just lucky I guess.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #49)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:40 PM

50. They didn't just merge into the world, they've been around for many thousands of years

But they have had a dramatic resurgence in the last 10-15 years, mainly because we stopped using DDT. And yes, consider yourself lucky that you haven't seen a bedbug. If they get in your home, be prepared for all out war and to spend many thousands of dollars to get rid of them.

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/return-bed-bug

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Response to cwydro (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 03:47 PM

45. One bad experience with bedbugs is enough to make me pay attention to this...

In my case I got an awful infection around the ankles. It nearly ruined my Christmas a couple years ago. I was staying at a really nice hotel in Spain, and the room looked as clean as could be.

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Response to blitzen (Reply #45)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:12 PM

55. I know exactly one person who had bed bugs or admitted it...

He doesn't even travel very much but managed to get them in his house. It was awful! Ended up getting rid of a bunch of stuff but took a lot of work to get rid of them.

I've never seen them or experienced them and I've stayed in all kinds of hotels, motels, B&Bs, etc. I guess I'm lucky like the other two people in this thread. Once, I was forced to stay in a terrible hotel and thought for sure that would be the time for bedbugs but still didn't get them.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:18 PM

58. Same here on the travel and the outcome.

Unfortunately, the first place my suitcase goes is on the bed or beside the bed.

I really wonder whether bedbugs can survive in the luggage compartment of a plane. My luggage is always cold when I take it from the carousel. The only bag that I take in the plane cabin with me is my computer and documents bag.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:30 AM

12. Yup, I have been doing this for years, and keeping zero clothes in the "room" part

Except for shoes. I hang stuff from the shower rod, and carefully hook them over the bathroom door when I take a shower.

I also loved my hard shell spinner, and the only fabric on its outside is the zipper area.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:13 AM

14. You can ask if your room has been treated for bb at some time.

I read that legally they have to tell you. I’m not sure how helpful that info might be, but I suppose some folks would rather stay in a motel/hotel where bb haven’t been a previous problem.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #14)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:18 AM

23. They might legally have to tell you , but that doesn't mean they're going to be honest about it

I stayed in a motel one time that definitely had them, and management flat out lied about it. We then checked Yelp and saw that many people had made the same complaint about that motel, and even posted pictures of the bed bugs in the beds. No way management didn't know about it.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:34 AM

19. That's by far my biggest fear when it comes to hotels,

Air BnB, planes, etc... but I tend to over worry. Sometimes I wrap my luggage in plastic for a few days when I get home. Luckily, it doesn't seem to be an issue if you use hotels with at least 3.5 to 4 stars. Lol.

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Response to ecstatic (Reply #19)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:13 PM

32. Not worth the trouble of wrapping in plastic for that short of a time ...

If you want to be paranoid, remove your clothes from your bags in the garage, take in and immediately wash them (and check the ones you're wearing carefully). Then put the bag in a plastic bag for at least 1 month. BB's can typically live over a month without food.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #32)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:49 PM

53. They can survive for a year without food.

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Response to 58Sunliner (Reply #53)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:23 PM

56. That could mean a lot of suitcases for some folks.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:30 AM

24. I recently stayed at Motel 6. One good thing about the place is there is nothing upholstered in the

room and there is no carpet. I liked that.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:46 AM

26. Especially true for anyone staying at a resort/hotel owned by Chump

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:55 AM

28. I've heard of bedbugs on airplanes

People need to realize that those cleaning crews are pretty quick. As we stow our stuff in the overhead bins and under the seats it is easy to pick up a bug hitch-hiker, and then there is the problem of the seats with all the nooks and crannies.

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #28)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:14 PM

34. Phoenix airPORT had an infestation a couple years back actually in some seating areas (nt)

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #34)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 03:37 PM

44. So gross!

Bedbugs can actually be in a person's clothing hiding in seams. It is hard to not worry about that when jammed next to people.
Best thing to do is strip down when you return home, leave everything outside and process all the clothing by laundering (even if it was never worn) and leaving suitcases open to the sunlight before putting them away.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:13 PM

33. Had the mis-fortune of getting these nasty critters once

I can't be sure exactly but I believe they jumped on my luggage when I took a short 3 day trip to New York City. I stayed at the Marriott in the Financial District. Wasn't really aware of the whole BB thing back then, so I used to take my clothes out of the suit case an put them in the drawers. I NEVER to that any more! I tried and tried to get rid of those things...but the only real solution was to finally move!

Now-a-days I take a large plastic trash bag with me and I place my luggage in the bag and seal it up. Only open it to get what I need out, then it gets sealed up again....and yes, I keep it in the bathroom now.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 12:28 PM

36. Another tip for avoiding them ... if you order up some housekeepers at your home?

Book the earliest possible AM appointment so the maids haven't been at someone else's house before you

Still not a sure thing, but I'm almost positive mine came from house cleaners who told me we were their 3rd job that day, and they were late cause the other two places were very dirty.

Never again ... lol ...

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 01:07 PM

39. And people wonder why I prefer to camp.

I even switched Drs because of the nasty people and upholstered furniture. We only go to theaters with leather or vinyl seats and we wipe them down before we sit. Call me paranoid if you like, or blame it on working in the OR 30 years. I'm a clean freak.

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Response to Runningdawg (Reply #39)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:07 PM

54. I asked for seats to be cleaned at one of the dinner/movie places...

I'm not a germophobe but I like things to at least appear to be clean. When I sat down, I noticed sauce or something on the tray and arm rest. There were greasy prints on the back of the seat in front of me. I wasn't going to touch that but I didn't want to put my arms down or have my food put onto a dirty pullout tray. I mentioned this to the waiter and he said he'd take care of it.

A few minutes later, a different person came out and made a big production. She unwrapped a cleaning wipe from a pouch and wiped the surfaces and then asked me to inspect it.

I'm thinking your idea might be better!

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 01:31 PM

40. I got bed bugs in an airport hotel in Chicago back in April. And last October in Guadalajara.

Apparently, I'm pretty freakin' allergic, which is a good thing (according to my doctor). It means I'll always know if I end up bringing them home. Cold comfort when you're swollen, itchy wreck. The flight and drive home were not fun, as I was essentially in a benadryl coma. A couple days of steroids and I was fine. Threw out my suitcase, washed EVERYTHING in the hottest water I could find. My friend, who's a biologist, joked that next time I should bring my stuff to her lab and put it in the blast freezer for a couple days.
I put my bags either in the shower or on the bathroom counter, or failing that (in small hotel rooms), on the very top shelf of the closet.
Ick, just writing this makes me itchy as hell.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #40)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:01 PM

47. Water in a washing machine not really hot enough to kill 'em

The drying is the part that gets 'em. Leave stuff in the dryer an extra 20 mins on high even after they're dry.

Trippy, I have absolutely no reaction to their bites at all. No itching, welts, nothing.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #47)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:18 AM

69. I washed everything a few times...

Plus extra drying as you mentioned.
Dude, it seriously sucks. Imagine your worst mosquito bites magnified by 100.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 01:50 PM

43. If you buy the big paper bags of potatoes...

...put them outside when you get home. We have found roaches in them from the store.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 06:46 PM

51. In that case, better to sleep in the bathtub..

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:24 PM

52. Ended up with bedbugs once. When I got home I stripped in the garage

Brought all my clothes, one load at a time, in and washed what could be washed, put what couldn't in the dryer and ran it on high for 30 minutes. I threw out my toiletries and also put the toiletry bags in the dryer. I put a blow dryer inside the suitcase and zipped it up and ran the hairdryer on high for 30 minutes. I never had them in the house....it was a scary few days after I got home.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:43 PM

61. Bedbugs are having a resurgence for several reasons.

Two of which stand out.

More world travel. In some modern countries they do not carry the ‘ick’ factor as here.

No longer routinely spraying hotel rooms with pesticides that are now banned. Mainly pyrethrins. They are toxic and carcinogenic.

But there is some things you can do that is very effective. Inspect your room! Pull the top corner of the sheet an mattress cover off the bed and look at the sheet, mattress cover and mattress for little black specks of dried blood. You see that, there are bedbugs. Leave. Don’t change rooms. Housekeeping spreads them.

And you know how so many hotels have the head board attached to the wall creating a seam where the headboard meets the wallpaper? That’s a place they hang out. Always take a flashlight and use it to inspect that seam. Bed bugs are not small like chiggers. They are half the size of a small ladies little finger nail. You will see them. Same on the rounded seams of the mattress. If you don’t see the you have no problem.

As mentioned, heat kills them. I have never seen bedbugs in a room I visit and I do everything I mentioned above. But one gift of living in Florida. If I ever know I got them in a hotel, when returning home I will strip naked in the garage(they don’t live on you). Take those clothes and put them in the truck. Open the luggage and spread out my clothes on the back seat. Leave then there being sure to park in the sun for several days. 140 degrees for 20 minutes kills adults, juveniles and eggs. Every vehicle in Florida gets that hot even in October!

One final thing to remember, bedbugs carry no disease.

And yeah, I have professional knowledge of them. The quality of the hotel is no indication of having bedbugs. Actually, holiday in express with an almost 100% domestic clientele may be less at risk than a high end Hilton with lots of foreign visitors.



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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #61)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:41 PM

63. Fantastic advice here.

Thanx, GC. This is one of the best hints in the thread.

Take those clothes and put them in the truck. Open the luggage and spread out my clothes on the back seat. Leave then there being sure to park in the sun for several days. 140 degrees for 20 minutes kills adults, juveniles and eggs. Every vehicle in Florida gets that hot even in October! --GulfCoast66


My personal experience is no bedbugs. Although I do a lot less travelling now, I'll surely remember this.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #61)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 02:04 AM

67. Yes. Fantastic advice!

I always check the sides of the mattress, but never thought about the headboards.
Plus, I didn't think about the cleaning crew spreading them from room to room. Damn. That's a tough one.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:38 PM

62. To Add To The Above

informative post, bedbugs are not a sign of dirtyness. They aren't roaches. My one experience with the critters is they aren’t that hard to detect because they leave blood around. If they are in light colored sheets you will see the evidence.

Best thing I’ve seen clean them up is diatomaceous earth. You can get the food grade and it isn’t poison to anything. In fact, some people take it as a supplement.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #62)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 02:05 AM

68. +1

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