Next week to be spent at hotel known to be infested!! :( advice?(12 posts)
I know, really?
i have to go to Vegas for a professional conference, am staying there 5 nights. The conference hotel (at which I am staying because I'm on executive committee so get free hotel room) is the Riviera. Its on the bed bug registry -multiple hits, AND on every other hotel site (e.g., trip advisor, etc) there are multiple bed bug complaints dating back years and as recent as last week.
I really cannot believe this. Just as I'm feeling hopeful about FINALLY getting rid of them at home, I'll soon be forced to stay in an infested hotel. And yes, its too late for me to book into another hotel and pay for it myself.
My current plan
Keep my suitcase (packed) in large contractor plastic bag in bathroom.
Inspect room and ask to be changed to a new room if i find them (this will be problematic according to several reviews i read of people who asked to be changed to new rooms, and the new rooms they were changed to also had bb problems)
So, just assume my room has them. When in room, immediately change out of and bag my clothes and wear either one pair of pajamas that i will leave there (throw away) when i leave or the hotel robe if there is one provided. When leaving, obviously leave my pjs and the plastic bag that held my suitcase at the hotel.
When off my flight, put my suitcase in new clean contractors bag for ride in car back home. Ziptie that bag shut
Remove and bag the clothes and shoes I'm wearing on flight home as *soon* as i get home in a ziplock for packtiting, shower immediately
Place my laptop in another ziplock until i can take it someplace to be cleaned (?)
Packtite first luggage in bag
then packtite the clothes shoes purse from last day in hotel and flight
worry for weeks that i'm reinfested
Anything else folks? Please? I think I'm almost out of the woods with my current apartment problem, i really really don't want to get reinfested afresh. I cannot *believe* I have to stay at a known bed bugged hotel for *5 nights*.
am feeling very very stressed right now.
My deepest sympathies.
It sounds like you have a good plan to do what you can. I would write it down (as in every step), because if you're anything like me, you'll forget one of the steps (and that one moment of forgetfulness wouldcause me nights of stress and self-recrimination).
On a positive note, at least you know what to look for, and at least YOU know enough to even have a plan. I feel sorry for all of those people who will be (and are, and have been) staying there but are utterly clueless...and who will very likely take the problem home with them.
You have a good plan. Try and bring as little as possible. Good thinking on the PJ's. The packtite will be great when you get back. When I leave a hotel I try to back my bag in a way the I can easily remove the most important things that need to go in the packtite first. You may also consider bringing things you can easily put in the dryer. I leave the bags in my car ready to go when I get back, and I also leave them right by the front door for when I get home.
As for the laptop, you can probably get away with keeping it bagged up when not in use.
It does sound like a good plan. Sorry you have to go to this hotel. You might get lucky. Or you might find bed bugs and get moved to a decent room.
But assuming a hotel room may have bed bugs you can't see, and acting accordingly, is always a good idea.
Ugh! I'm so sorry that your time away has to be at this hotel. But you do sound like you have a really good plan of action. I've stayed in hotels a couple of times since my infestation and took most of the same precautions you seem to be taking and came home unscathed. And the disposable PJs is a great idea! I'm putting that in my file drawer for next time! Also, I wasn't away quite as long as you will be, but I found leaving my packtite set up right by the front door was also great. I set it on a couple of plastic bins so it was off the floor and away from the wall while I was away. When I got home, I immediately dumped my suitcase, shoes, and the clothes off my back in there right at the front door, placed it on the floor, plugged it in and went off to a nice hot shower and yummy glass of wine.
I do hope that you find nothing when you get there, but are at least armed ahead of time and are quite prepared. With all of your precautions, your chances are way better than the unaware of not taking any home. And while it is quite a worry, I know, try not to stress about it too much while you are there. Even if it is for work, you are in Vegas, baby! Grab a cocktail and hit the slot machines!
As stated before bag the laptop when not in use.
You are armed with knowledge and have a good plan. PCO's spend pots of time in hand to proboscis combat with BBs and don't bring them home. Tear that place apart when you check in but consider it a hot zone no matter what.
Despite finding nothing I still bagged everything on my recent trip.
If the hotel is so bad have you educated your colleagues? You really don't want them picking them up either.
thanks guys -for the sympathy, reviewing my plan, and for the tips
bagging my laptop when not in use, excellent tip and one i would have forgotten - i will do it for sure.
and louise -writing everything down, absolutely -i'm even going to leave post it note in my car to remind me to BAG my luggage for the ride home
and yes, everything i'm bringing is dry clean only (conference clothes) - but they've survived the dryer (dry) before, so will just have to do it again and packtite for shoes and luggage
and yes, jim i ABSOLUTELY told my colleagues - i sent an email to all the grad students and faculty in our program who are going -told them what to look for when they go to their rooms (check mattress, headboard, night table, curtains), and told them to keep their luggage in a bag (if possible) or at the very least in the bathroom, and told them to put all of their clothes in the dryer (dry) on their return home on hot, reassuring them my clothes had all survived this once before, and to leave their luggage outside their apartments and bagged with a pest strip for 2 weeks. i'm sure they think i'm a little paranoid but then again, they also know what i've been going through so i think they'll be at least a little more careful than they would be otherwise
i'm a bit less stressed about it today now that i have a plan, and yes persephone you're absolutely right - its still vegas, i'll see a lot of old friends from grad school who are now faculty scattered around the country, and i will still have oodles of fun, bed bugs or no!
Place the laptop in the packtite and cook at 130. We have done it multiple times and never had a problem. Be sure to back it up prior and remove the battery. Good luck
We have heard of people doing this successfully, but at least one person killed their laptop this way. People should be aware of that going in.
The post I referenced above: http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/heads-up-packtighting-computers-can-fry-them
I heartily recommend the 2.5 gallon size ziplock for most laptops. (I have a 15 inch Mac, and it fits with plenty of room to spare.)
I also strongly suggest getting a small LED flashlight to leave in your carry on travel bag. It makes inspecting the hotel room a LOT easier. (I had a mini mag light I kept in my carry on for years, and I just switched to an LED that is SO much brighter that I wondered instantly why I didn't switch sooner.)
Also, re: educating colleagues. So after my scare, I educated a number of friends with whom I often stay in hotel rooms at various conferences and conventions that I go to. One of them regularly works down at Comic Con for a vendor who is a friend of hers. While my friend hasn't run into any bugs yet, she sure regularly inspects her hotel rooms, and her friend the vendor at Comic Con picked up my friend's inspection habit. On a trip to another convention, her friend found bed bugs in the hotel room and walked right back out of the room and moved to another hotel.
So educating colleagues will probably make them pretty darned grateful in the long run.
…also be mindful of other places you and your stuff sit and lie on.
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