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7/9/13 4:44 A

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Are you familiar with this site? I try to check every hotel before I book a room. And stay away from those who have recent complaints! I am sure there are sites for international travel. I just haven't looked because we usually do tours and have no control over where we stay.

bedbugregistry.com/

Some of the things I have been told to do...just in case...

Check the sheets and mattress before you accept the room.
Look for signs of tiny spots or infestations
Never put your suitcase on the floor.
Best place to store it is in the bathtub.
Use Vicks on your legs and arms when you go to bed. And if possible, on the luggage stand.

IF you are unsure if you brought any back, make sure to
Unpack your bag and throw everything immediately into the washer and drier.
Leave your luggage outside, and use a blow dryer on it. Inside and out. Heat kills the bugs.

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Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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7/9/11 1:43 A

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If you're still worried about bedbugs, one suggestion I've seen in magazines is to keep your luggage firmly closed when you're not actually packing or unpacking. That way, bugs (bedbugs, roaches, whatever) won't be able to crawl in and follow you home.

I hope you won't encounter any annoying bugs of any kind. A bug that's more common than bedbugs is the tick, and summer is tick season in most parts of the US. You can get them any time you are outdoors, even in people's yards but especially when hiking or tramping through fields, and they can transmit diseases. Wear insect repellant around your ankles and ask the locals if they know of problems. If ticks are common, hike with your pants tucked into your socks, so they can't hide.

Don't want to freak you out about bugs, but forewarned is forearmed. Enjoy your trip!



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If you're still worried about bedbugs, one suggestion I've seen in magazines is to keep your luggage firmly closed when you're not actually packing or unpacking. That way, bugs (bedbugs, roaches, whatever) won't be able to crawl in and follow you home.

I hope you won't encounter any annoying bugs of any kind. A bug that's more common than bedbugs is the tick, and summer is tick season in most parts of the US. You can get them any time you are outdoors, even in people's yards but especially when hiking or tramping through fields, and they can transmit diseases. Wear insect repellant around your ankles and ask the locals if they know of problems. If ticks are common, hike with your pants tucked into your socks, so they can't hide.

Don't want to freak you out about bugs, but forewarned is forearmed. Enjoy your trip!



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6/28/11 1:49 P

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If staying just a night (possibly two) in like a stop over area, many have had an interesting time (completely free) couch surfing:

www.couchsurfing.org/

I've not done this yet, but I've read about the experiences of many and plan to do so on next years European trip.

My final destination is Turkey, but instead of flying there straight away, for the same cost I can fly to Italy, Spain or France, couch surf and then fly the rest of the way to Turkey...


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6/28/11 1:54 A

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Thank you all for your comments and once I get to US I'll definitely be looking under the sheets and everywhere else around the rooms! emoticon
I've also never seen a bedbug in my life. I have heard anything here about the infestation until the lady we're renting an apartment from in San Francisco alerted me to it. I've decided not to go to hotels but rent apartment in NYC and Chicago and San Francisco because we staying there for 7 days and 6 days and 4 days respectively. It will be much more comfortable having the extra space. It actually works out cheaper in SF. Haven't yet found anything in NYC or London or Chicago, still looking.
Most likely will look for a hotel room in Las Vegas. Can anyone recommend a nice reasonable one for 3 days?

Ania from Australia

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I've never seen a bedbug in my life. But I've been hearing about them on the news. I think I should just stop watching the news... it's never any good....lol

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6/27/11 6:16 P

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Most hotels (especially the more expensive ones) are really good about working with you if you find them in your room. Definitely check your room before settling in!! Don't just check the mattress edges, but check around the base of lamps, any pics hanging on the walls, corners of the closets, etc. While called "bed" bugs, and often found there, they really can be anywhere.

If you see bugs, or a bunch of rust-colored little spots (dried blood they've excreted) tell the hotel ASAP, and don't let them just move you to the next door room. Bugs tend to infest the rooms adjoining - either next to, or above and below.

Usually, since nice hotels want to keep their good reputation, they will do anything to keep you happy and not let too much word get out that they have an infestation.

But, I also will say, living in one of the "bed bug capitals of the US" (joy) I have been paranoid like crazy for years about clients I work with and places I stay because of all the media attention, but in reality, I've never had any issues in my travels or home. Knock on wood!!!!! :)



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Yes, there are bedbugs in some areas. I think the hotels will accommodate you if bedbugs are found. You might want to call the hotels, especially in New York, ask if they have had bed bugs and what their policy is if people find bedbugs in their rooms. I have heard of the infestation from here so it is being talked about.

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Hope you will have a great trip. And bedbugs ,well it seems to me ,if you find them in a bed in an hotell they will have to change your room ,bed linens ,and or hotel at no charge to you.
Who did you book through? you can also call them and tell them if and where the bugs are.

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In 4 weeks we are off on our long holiday, 82 days to be precise. We are going to see our grandchildren in Scotland, have a wedding in Warsaw and after s short stay in London we're off to the States to spend 7 weeks visiting my Spark Friends in NYC, Chicago and Las Vegas. We'll also go to Seattle and start our 1st tour of National Parks in Salt Lake City.
I've been trying to book accommodation in all those places and the first one I got is in San Francisco.
Well...the girl who's renting me her half apartment said to be very careful of bed bugs because there is an infestation of them in US and noone would tell me that. She said to check all beds and if found, change the room or even the hotel. That will definitely be a problem because if we pre-pay our rooms we wouldn't get a refund if we change our mind about the room.
What should I do to safeguard myself from those nasty bugs?

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