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03-20-2006, 06:46 PM
Hi All, I was hoping that alot of you saw the special (Dateline, I think)
last night on bedbugs. There was a post earlier about a person staying at
the Gold Coast and being bitten by bedbugs. Well this special pointed out
that there is a return of the bedbug in the U. S. and even the finest hotels
in New York have had problems with them along with many other hotels.
Just thought this would be of interest since we all stay at hotels in Las
Vegas. If they are in New York, why not Vegas. People carry them unknowingly in their suit cases from place to place. They were brought
here by travelers from Europe, China and other foriegn countries who have
never gotten rid of them as we had here in the U.S. ( Nothing bad against
any other countries, just a fact.) So my point here is, although none of us
would want to be bitten by a bedbug, the bites look horrid and are said to
be painful, we have to realize that it may happen. I think the Gold Coast
took alot of heat about this. If they are found, they should be reported to
the desk and hopefully they will spray for them and keep the problem under
control. I can sure sympathize with those who stayed there and got bit, I
was itchy just watching them on the T. V.
03-21-2006, 01:02 PM
I saw the Dateline special, too. It's becoming more common in places like New York, Las Vegas, and Orlando, those are 3 main hotspots for international travellers, and I am glad the Dateline show told you how to look for them. From now on, in any hotel I stay in I will be checking right away. I mentioned this on another thread that getting bit by one is not as bad as bringing them home in your suitcase. They can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Last year, I saw another news show, where a family went on vacation to Orlando, and unknowingly brought bed bugs home with them, and all there carpet had to be removed, and some furniture had to be destroyed, and after all was done, they had close to $100,000. dollars in damage from those critters.
03-21-2006, 01:27 PM
the wild wild west had them bedbugs too.
03-21-2006, 01:30 PM
What did the Dateline special say was the way to look for bedbugs?
03-21-2006, 02:28 PM
How do you look for them and how to you make sure you don't bring them home???
03-21-2006, 06:55 PM
More than you'll ever want to know:
03-21-2006, 07:35 PM
There's been some talk on this upstairs in the 'General' topic also
in the MandalayBay post...
One tip NOT mentioned in the above post and covered on Dateline
was about the 'headboards' in our hotel rooms. They're about the only
thing not disturbed by daily Housekeeping, AND many just lift off the wall.
It's a great place for them to hide, undisturbed.
Behind them, look for little dark specks;and dark/redish brown spots that are
actually blood discharged by the bedbugs; AND the little critters themselves!
Dateline said they can stay 'dorment' after feeding for weeks, even months,
before they come out again. The larva are almost transparent and very hard
to see on white bedding.
I'm going to look next week in my RIO room. The bugs only bite to feed,
you itch, some folks can have a bad allergic reaction, but they don't transmit
or carry any disease, they're just hungry and are attracted to warm.
Bedbugs never need buffet comps in Vegas.
03-22-2006, 06:16 AM
EWWWWWWWWWWW!! :eek: Ok, that's gross! Thanks for the info Greg! Next time I'm in a hotel, I'll look behind headboards, and at the actual mattress under the sheets! I hate bugs, no matter what kind they are! Not sure what the proper term for a bug-a-phobic is, but that's what I am! I can't even imagine them eating my flesh while I sleep! AAGGGHHHH!!!!:eek:
03-22-2006, 06:49 AM
These 'headboards'....I'm curious how easy/heavy they are, and
if I can lift one off the wall by my self...getting the thing off shouldn't
be as hard as putting it back...LOL,wonder how many bed headboards
Housekeeping is going to start finding leaning up against the wall that
guests could hang back up.............hope it doesn't bug 'em too much.
03-25-2006, 05:48 AM
We were attacked by bed bugs while in Maui in 1999. My wife had an allergic reaction to the bites and we had to stay away from the sun and she had to take steroids for several days. The bed bugs love to hide along the piping or seams of the mattress. Lift the sheet and look carefully along the raised seams - if you see dots that appear to be pepper you may have bed bugs.
Do not take any chances contact the hotel desk right away. They might not be hungry but they will still munch on fresh food = you! We don't stay in any place until we check the mattress and happily have not found any yet since that Maui trip.
03-25-2006, 11:38 AM
If I go to vegas, can I just sleep standing up in the parking area?
I think I will take my vacume cleaner with me next time.
another reason to stay up all night and gamble.
03-25-2006, 04:57 PM
We had 2 rooms on the 9th floor of the Gold Coast for 7 nights, just coming home Mar.21st. Knowing that bedbugs have been a problem all over North America this past few years, i dutifully quickly stripped the beds down to the sheets (when you do this with speed, if there are bedbugs, they usually can be seen trying to escape the light), also checked the edges of the mattress where they can hide in folds.....didn't find any, slept well on comfy mattresses and good pillows. Don't like to read that the Gold Coast has bedbugs....makes me wonder if I missed them, but must say, the 3 of us had no bites at all....Usually stay at the Aladdin, but decided to try the G.C. for a change...sorry for anyone who experienced bugs....now I'm itchy....
03-26-2006, 07:24 PM
I have worked at a hotel/motel. The headboards are extremely easy to get off. Usually it's easier if you have 2 people. One at one side and one at the other. Just grab the top and bottom of the headboard and lift straight up, the turn sideways. You'd be surprised what you can find behind these. Once off you can see how they came off and adjust how they go back on. One person could do it by themselves, but you need long strong arms.
03-27-2006, 04:46 PM
We were at the Excalibur last week for 4 nights and I can happily say there are no bedbugs there.
We had a very nice and comfortable room on the 8th floor and didn't get bitten by anything.
Very pleased with the Ex. Great location too. Large rooms and large bathroom as well.
No problems at all.
03-27-2006, 05:38 PM
We will be staying at the Paris at the end of April. Surely they don't have bed bugs. Reckon??? Guess I'd better check.:eek:
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