BED BUGS: Have you encountered them while traveling?

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    Oct 23, 2017 6:41 PM GMT
    After a thousand or so hotel rooms I finally met Bed Bugs and lots of them.
    This was a 4 star hotel in an executive suite. The odd thing is that I had been
    staying in the same room for a week before the bugs came out.
    I've stayed in plenty of cheap rooms without a bite.
    Anybody else met these little devils?
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    Oct 23, 2017 9:30 PM GMT
    No, never. And I've traveled a great deal, stayed in many hotel rooms all across the US.

    How does one know? What are the signs? Do you get something like mosquito bites?
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    Oct 23, 2017 11:32 PM GMT
    What city? I live near San Francisco and I've never heard of them around here, not that that means anything. I've been assuming that they're an east coast thing.

    In a similar vein, when I was growing up we never had any schoolmates with head lice, but when I was in my 50s I was hearing about them regularly from parents. In that case I'm guessing that they came about from kids whose parents didn't require them to bathe regularly.
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    Oct 23, 2017 11:51 PM GMT
    My bed bugs were in Cannes, France at a great hotel.
    I've also stayed at plenty of dumps around France and never met bed bugs!

    On the plus side, they don't carry any disease.
    But the itching and rash were worse than any mosquito bites I've ever had.
    It's been 3 weeks now and finally all trace of the bites are gone.
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    Oct 24, 2017 6:13 AM GMT
    Another potential risk that many people don't ever think about is that you can get bed bugs in your luggage from these insects traveling from someone's baggage that can make it into yours while all these items are stowed together either in the bins above passenger seats or in the area of the plane where hundreds of suitcases are stored together during the flight.

    Thankfully it's not that big of a problem, but we should all be careful.
  • bro4bro

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    Oct 26, 2017 5:56 PM GMT
    Never encountered bed bugs, and I've traveled a shitload of places and stayed in quite a variety of accommodations.

    I did once find a tick in my bed, at a motel in the Southeastern US.

    A leech came out of the water faucet at a hotel in Greece.

    A scorpion in my shower in the Australian outback - very small, but those are the worst ones, and I was bare ass naked.

    And, at a motel in Tasmania, there was a spider underneath my bed the size of my hand. The guy at the front desk said, "Probly just a wolf spider. He won't hurt ya."

    Ah, a "Wolf Spider". That made me feel so much better... icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 26, 2017 7:05 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidAh, a "Wolf Spider". That made me feel so much better... icon_eek.gif

    At least he didn't call it a vampire spider.
  • Plooje

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    Nov 23, 2017 12:52 AM GMT
    No.
  • NearTheBorder

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    Nov 23, 2017 8:22 PM GMT
    I don't travel too much but I have stayed in lots of different hotels and motels and I have never seen them nor heard any complaints on trip advisor about them in the hotels and motels I have stayed at.
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    Nov 23, 2017 8:31 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidAnother potential risk that many people don't ever think about is that you can get bed bugs in your luggage from these insects traveling from someone's baggage that can make it into yours while all these items are stowed together either in the bins above passenger seats or in the area of the plane where hundreds of suitcases are stored together during the flight.

    Thankfully it's not that big of a problem, but we should all be careful.

    My husband has heard the same story and ever since our suitcases don't go into our bedroom anymore when we get home from travel. He also had a run-in with the critters in a cheap hotel in France on one of his bike-trips, so he's extra sensitive.
  • Happenis

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    Jan 15, 2018 12:17 AM GMT


    I've never encountered them but whenever we travel, I always make sure to (1) Check under the bed including the linings, (2) Keep our luggage away from the bed. My BF thinks I overreact but I don't play no games with the sumbitches!

    I'm also hesitant to move into large apartment buildings b/c of it too.
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    Jan 15, 2018 1:43 AM GMT
    I still don't know, as I had commented above, what they look like. How big are they? Like wood ticks? What do bites look like? Do they itch like a mosquito bite?