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Is hotel hiding information about bed bugs from us?

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  1. elena

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    We stayed in one of Kelowna, BC resorts last week. After second night my baby woke up with spots on his belly (we slept together - me, my husband and our baby and only baby had spots). We went to see a doctor and he confirmed that these are bites. We checked our mattress in the hotel room and found one bug (after researching the internet we think it looked like a bed bug). We called hotel stuff; they said how sorry they are, collected the specimen, send all out clothes to laundry and moved us to another room. First thing we checked the mattresses there and right away found one more bug. Again, they were very sorry and moved us to a luxury 2 bedroom apartment.
    In couple of hours they said that they contacted pest control and these are not bed bugs, they are carpet bugs, and no more bed bugs were found in the rooms. They provided us with a letter from the pest control company - Abell, which said that “what was found was what looked like carpet beetles, they are not blood feeders".
    It all looks very suspicions to me.
    BTW, mattresses looked clean, no traces.
    What do you think? Is it conspiracy?

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Tue Dec 1 2009 15:32:36
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    Carpet Beatles are commonly mistaken for bed bugs... They might be right.

    Did you save any of the specimens?

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Tue Dec 1 2009 15:40:44
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    Without any photo or evidence no one can confirm or deny their assessment.

    Sounds as if they took proper actions and aren't lying.

    Jim

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Tue Dec 1 2009 15:41:35
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    No, we didn't
    Do carpet beatles bite?

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    Posted 9 years ago
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    Carpet beetles don't bite.

    Now let's see. A bed bug epidemic supposedly spread by world travelers who stay in hotels, OR, those harmless carpet beetles, which I had never even heard of before reading this site (channeling David Cain).

    I think that's called willing suspension of disbelief.

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Tue Dec 1 2009 23:18:53
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    It's been mentioned by others on the forum that while carpet beetles do not bite, some people develop skin reactions to contact with them. That said (as I often caution), the bug you see is not necessarily the only one you have. Who knows? Please be vigilant, but not terrified.

    Doug > Carpet Beatles are commonly mistaken for bed bugs
    Beatles are sometimes mistaken for beetles, but they're a lot more fun to listen to.

    Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night...
    - Psalms 91:5-7

    (Not an pro)
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    DougSummersMS - 9 hours ago  » 
    Carpet Beatles are commonly mistaken for bed bugs... They might be right.
    Did you save any of the specimens?

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/44960761@N08/4125776511/

    The photo is of a black carpet beetle larva identified by my PCO they like to hang out with the BB's if they are there yes the the shed shed skins resemble BB hatched skins.As you can see in the picture BB's don't live well with carpet beetles. I just wished the spray hadn't wiped out the couple of jewel spiders that cruse the baseboards every fall here from my rose garden and never bother a sole.

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    flabergasted - 3 minutes ago  » 

    DougSummersMS - 9 hours ago  » 
    Carpet Beatles are commonly mistaken for bed bugs... They might be right.
    Did you save any of the specimens?

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/44960761@N08/4125776511/
    The photo is of a black carpet beetle larva identified by my PCO they like to hang out with the BB's if they are there yes the the shed shed skins resemble BB hatched skins.As you can see in the picture BB's don't live well with carpet beetles. I just wished the spray hadn't wiped out the couple of jewel spiders that cruse the baseboards every fall here from my rose garden and never bother a sole.

    Sorry forgot to attach a picture of a larder beetle this are know to casue skin discomforts

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    flabergasted - 3 minutes ago  » 

    DougSummersMS - 9 hours ago  » 
    Carpet Beatles are commonly mistaken for bed bugs... They might be right.
    Did you save any of the specimens?

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/44960761@N08/4125776511/
    The photo is of a black carpet beetle larva identified by my PCO they like to hang out with the BB's if they are there yes the the shed shed skins resemble BB hatched skins.As you can see in the picture BB's don't live well with carpet beetles. I just wished the spray hadn't wiped out the couple of jewel spiders that cruse the baseboards every fall here from my rose garden and never bother a sole.

    Sorry forgot to attach a picture of a larder beetle this are know to casue skin discomforts

    http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/blarderb.html


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