Post # 1
Trying not to lose my mind.
I dealt with bed bugs a couple of years ago and it was a truly horrendous experiencw. At my lowest point, I was sleeping in the bathtub to avoid the bites. Those critters are now among my worst fears.
Usually when staying in a hotel, the first thing I do is inspect the bed. I’m on a trip for work and I didn’t have time. I checked in, got changed (so had to take the luggage inside), left my suitcase on the bathroom counter and left in a hurry to make a meeting.
When I got back about 7 hours later, I inspected and …you guessed it. BED BUGS and stained sheets. I left the hotel and found a new place to stay.
I’m on this trip for a couple more days. I won’t have time to wash everything, seal it, etc. I have limited clothes and can’t get things cleaned fast enough to wear them when I need to. I plan to seal it all up and wash before i get home. For now, I’m giving all items a good shake and inspection before use.
Has anyone dealt with tlbed bugs? Never found the source when I had them last time. It was really late when i left the hotel and now I’m concerned that I’ve transferred them to my car. Not sure if thats likely. Not sure if because they were in the room that means they would also be in the bathroom. I am worried maybe they came back on my shoes or I picked up eggs on my socks from the carpets? They’re just the worst thing and I never want to see another bed bug for as long as a live. How should I proceed?
Post # 2
Honestly I would suggest purchasing new outfits for the next few days you will be there and get space bags to seal your current clothes. I would buy a new suitcase and toss the old one. I would also move hotel rooms again when you do this to avoid any possibility of bringing them home since you may have brought them to your new hotel when you changed the last time. It’s expensive now but it’s less expensive than treating your whole house and buying all new furniture.
Post # 3
Yeah, I was thinking about getting something new after meetings tomorrow to wear Friday. For tomorrow, I’m pretty much stuck with something from the suitcase. I’m fine with tossing the actual case, and bagging everything up. What I’m most worried about is having to be in my car tomorrow wearing something potentially contaminated. I don’t have time to get something as I’m out the door at 6am.
I don’t want to bag everything and get home thinking all is well….only to carry something in that fell off in the car. Ugh. I guess there’s not much else I can do but shake and inspect and hope for the best?
Post # 4
Like PP said, better to spend the extra money now and not chance it. I would definitely change hotel rooms only after throwing away suitcase and clothes.
Post # 5
Im sorry bee! I was at a work conference at a hotel and one of my coworkers had bed bugs in her room. She complained to management and they reimbursed her to replace her cloths and suitcase and gave her hotel points. See what you can get the hotel to do for you. And sorry but I would just throe away everytihng. My suitcase, clothes and get new ones if you dont have time to wash.
Post # 6
Yeah, I will see what the hotel says. They were having a night auditor come in to inspect.
I can bag everything tomorrow evening and wash when I get home. I think I’m just SOL. I have to be up super early and have to wear something potentially dirty and potentially infest my car. I hope I’m being overly paranoid. I think by the time I toss and replace the damage will be done. These bugs are the worst.
Post # 7
This is old now but for future info bedbugs cannot stand heat for any real period of time, so any clothes that can go in the dryer should be put in dry on hot for at least 30 min and any bug, eggs, etc. will die. They don’t need to be washed first so it would work for things like shoes, leather clothes, suitcase and it can be done quickly for something like when you’re traveling.
I own apartments and had a tenant bring in bedbugs so I had the whole building cooked! One unit had a tenant moving out with another moving in so I didn’t want either of them to have to deal with it in case they’d spread, and yet another tenant in the same building has issues with chemical sensitivity so overall it really was the easiest thing! The tenant who brought the issue in was also a hoarder so chemicals wouldn’t have been able to get at everything anyways (and lord knows she wasn’t going to clean well enough!)…
Post # 8
FWIW, I think it’s unlikely you transferred bedbugs to your suitcase if it was on the bathroom counter, and they’re unlikely to be in your shoes. But I have been in this situation situation except that I stayed the night at the hotel and woke up with bites. I threw out the duffle and washed all the clothes, and sprayed down the car that the suitcase had been in with Orange Guard, which was the only thing that got rid of bedbugs when I had them in an apartment years ago. If you have access to that spray, you could use it on anything that can’t be put through the washer and that you don’t want to throw away.
Post # 9
If you wear your present clothes you could spread bed bugs to where ever you are going. Offices, waiting rooms, cabs, rental cars, the airplane seat. Please think of others and buy new clothes as you seal up the possibly infected ones.
Post # 10
Always spray your suitcase down with 100% DEET mosquito repellent before you travel. It will keep bedbugs from hitching a ride. It won’t kill anything, but apparently the chemicals are unpleasant to them so they won’t crawl onto any surface that’s coated in the stuff. (Ignore commercial herbal sprays or essential oils; those do nothing.) This was a trick taught to me by an exterminator who worked for HUD. He would spray his shoes down with it before work and his luggage with it when he traveled so he never picked anything up in airports, hotel rooms, and so on.
It’s going to be ok, bee!