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Old 03-23-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I've heard they made a comeback and when we made our RTW trip a couple of years ago, I checked for them at every hotel and hostel we stayed at. I did run across evidence of them in a backwater hotel in Vietnam and ended up sleeping on the floor in another room. Do you guys do checks? You lift up the sheet on the bed and look along the mattress seam and if you see dark red or brown spots along it, reject the room. Do this before you bring your stuff in or you'll have a heck of a time getting rid of them--they get into your luggage and spread that way. You can google images to see what to look for. I asked my g-ma once what was the best thing about modern times and she said, "No bedbugs!" That was years before they made their comeback. Sorry to bring up such an unpleasant subject, but it needs to be said.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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I've heard they made a comeback and when we made our RTW trip a couple of years ago, I checked for them at every hotel and hostel we stayed at. I did run across evidence of them in a backwater hotel in Vietnam and ended up sleeping on the floor in another room. Do you guys do checks? You lift up the sheet on the bed and look along the mattress seam and if you see dark red or brown spots along it, reject the room. Do this before you bring your stuff in or you'll have a heck of a time getting rid of them--they get into your luggage and spread that way. You can google images to see what to look for. I asked my g-ma once what was the best thing about modern times and she said, "No bedbugs!" That was years before they made their comeback. Sorry to bring up such an unpleasant subject, but it needs to be said.
OMG. I didn't know about checking along the mattress seams. I will from now on though. **shudder**
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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I always check bedbugregistry.com and reviews on tripadvisor before staying anywhere. I had a friend who got them at an upscale hotel in Manhattan and chewed her up! Once they hitch a ride in your suitcase and come home with you, you can never be sure you are rid of them. Pest control companies won't even guarantee they can get rid of them.
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: long island ny
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I've never checked but I will now. What a horrid thought. Thanks for the bedbugregistry.com link too, interesting!
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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Yes, they've made a comeback especially in big cities. A good friend of mine had to get rid of his bed last year because of an infestation. He lives in a tenement apartment, and it is fairly common to get them if your neighbors have them. You can also pick them up from using public transportation, park benches, schools, movie theaters, and anywhere else a lot of people congregate. They were fairly dormant after WWII but in the last ten years have seen a comeback. A lot of it has been due to an increase in international travel and immigrants from underdeveloped countries. Here's an article that touches on the recent infestations:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/27/nyregion/27bugs.html
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I thought I saw one when I was in Newark. I quickly tore the sheets off the bed, but didnt see any more evidence. Needless to say I didnt sleep all that well.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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What to look for
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Yep, friends of mine back in the US just recently had to throw out their mattress and get a new one after bringing home bedbugs. I forget where they stayed - some family/kids resort.
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Old 03-25-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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My husband works on the road and I tell him all the time CHECK that Mattress !!
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:56 PM
 
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I have my husband lift up the mattress in every hotel we stay in and check it for bedbugs. We've been doing this for the past 5+ years when I heard about bedbugs coming back in force in the U.S.
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