Bed bug found in hotel... now what?(4 posts)
So now that I've found this forum I'm freaking out. This morning we found a bed bug in our hotel room. We are home now and have not taken any clothing or luggage into the house. We have however taken toiletries into the bathroom to wash ourselves with.
Luckily our laundry can be entered from outside so I will hot wash the clothing and hot dry it tomorrow.
So my question is... could we have brought bed bugs into our house on our toiletry bottles? I checked over everything to my best ability.
Secondly, do bed bugs walk over surface sprays? I've sprayed the inside of the laundry door so they cannot enter the house.
Also, do commercial fly sprays work on bed bugs? Could we spray the inside of our luggage, bag it up and keep it outside forever?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm not feeling confident that I will have a good nights sleep tonight. I am also pregnant and worried about possible exposure to chemicals if we have an infestation.
I know what you are feeling. The only time I found bed bugs in a hotel I freaked out. I brought that freaking back home. In the end, they didn't come home with me. I've probably unknowning stayed in bed bug infested hotels many times through out the decades without bringing anything home. I knowingly stay in a bed bug infested hotel now, they've been battling them for about a year openly. They even have signs on the bed bug infested rooms that are actively being treated. Yeah, I know stupid. But I've been staying there regularly for years and they do seem to be taking it seriously. I was suprised they got them at all since they are religious about using casings on the beds for years. I guess it shows you that casings are no guarantee. Anyways, even with that I haven't brought them home.
I do take precautions now ever since I ran into bed bugs at that hotel. When I get home from a trip, I take nothing inside without being treated. And I mean nothing. Before going inside, I strip down naked and bag everything. I then rub alcohol on my feet and head right into the shower. I then heat treat and wash everything I had with me on the trip.
I'm not big into pesticides so I can't help you there, but if you are going to bag up and leave your luggage outside "forever", why would you need to spray it. Why not just bag it and wait the appropriate time for any bed bugs to starve and die?
I wouldn't worry too much about bottles.
Bed bugs will walk across sprayed surfaces... Don't rely on bug spray for isolation... Place the suitcases in garbage bags to isolate them and your laundry.
Fly spray isn't going to be very useful either.
A PackTite would be useful to decon the suitcases... Check out the FAQs on this site for more information about travel and decon tips.
some PCO's (pest control), will rent packtites, somthing that may be helpful too.
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