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Shag
04-01-2012, 11:10 AM
My MIL passed last Monday so we headed to Michigan Tuesday. The home, funeral, gatherings, burial site, etc. were spread out so we lived out of the back of the truck staying in 3 different motels. The morning we checked out of the last one we were awaken by the sound of two trailer generators and 240V cords banging against our 1st floor window. I got up and went outside and noticed they were carrying fans and pump sprayers to the second floor.

My first thought was "bed bugs". I asked the first exterminator and he said what they were doing was just routine. I asked the second guy I saw and he said they were just doing some preventative treatments. I asked another and was again told it was routine. I called an exterminator back here in WC and before I even go halfway thru the description of what they were doing he said that they were treating for bed bugs.

I found the supervisor and when I called him on it he told me that I had to "ask the hotel". I went inside and asked the desk clerk and she told me once more that what they were doing was routine. When I told her I knew that they were treating for bed bugs she said I would have to talk to the manager and that he would be there in about 20 minutes. When he showed up he again said routine. By now I am getting pissed. I told him I knew what they were doing so why didn't he admit it. He then said that they had done an inspection and found bed bugs in 3 rooms on the second floor and that I didn't have anything to worry about. I called bullshit.

Found another exterminator and finally got one that was honest. He confirmed what the manager had told me and went on to tell me what to do as a precaution when we got home. Finally I got a human being who knew how to tell the truth. I don't think we have any problems but how can people lie thru their teeth like that and be able to sleep at night? If anybody had told us in the beginning what was going on and what to look for everything would have been fine. I've been reading up and have found that bed bugs can be present in hotels ranging from dives to really nice hotels. This was a mid/low tier motel.

Thank you for letting me rant.


Schmaltz~Herring
04-01-2012, 11:18 AM
Gives me heebee jeebees just thinking about it. :o

ChesapeakeBay
04-01-2012, 11:22 AM
Should like they are worried about liability and a lawsuit. They don't want the word out that they have bed bugs. I'd be pissed too. I'm sure you would not have stayed if you knew the place had bed bugs.


Shag
04-01-2012, 12:00 PM
I also say bring back DDT and Chlordane.

Me too but what do we do about the bed bugs? :grin:

Just spoke with my exterminator friend again and he said that it is common to find and treat a couple rooms and we are probably OK. I still am taking all the clothes to the cleaners in a plastic bag just in case. I wrote Comfort Inn corporate and am anxious to see what their response is.

yarcraft91
04-01-2012, 12:02 PM
There are web sites where you can find and report bedbug problems. Here's one.
http://www.bedbugreports.com/

I usually check before traveling to another city. Damn things can show up anywhere and all the hotels hate to admit they've had a problem

Snapper Head
04-01-2012, 12:25 PM
There are 2 things that will absolutely repel bedbugs -

Scotch & Weed.


Just sayin'....



Big Al

Shag
04-01-2012, 12:26 PM
There are 2 things that will absolutely repel bedbugs -

Scotch & Weed.


Just sayin'....



Big Al


That's a relief. Thank you! :thumbsup:

cedarholm
04-01-2012, 12:47 PM
There are 2 things that will absolutely repel bedbugs -

Scotch & Weed.


Just sayin'....



Big Al



Just what we need, stoned, drunk bedbugs.:thumbsup:

Mist-Rest
04-01-2012, 01:07 PM
I have some chlordane and arsenic. I saved them from an old barn we took down.

jrolin1
04-01-2012, 01:50 PM
There are 2 things that will absolutely repel bedbugs -

Scotch & Weed.


Just sayin'....



Big Al

Are you sure that it repels them or do you just not care about them after a good application of Scotch and Weed? :grin:

Snapper Head
04-01-2012, 04:05 PM
Are you sure that it repels them or do you just not care about them after a good application of Scotch and Weed? :grin:

Does it matter?:grin:


Big Al

Schmaltz~Herring
04-01-2012, 04:11 PM
Me too but what do we do about the bed bugs? :grin:

I wrote Comfort Inn corporate and am anxious to see what their response is.



The one you stayed at is probably a franchise owned by Bucta & Bippi Patel, P.O. 123465, Lahore, India.

steve a59
04-01-2012, 04:23 PM
The one you stayed at is probably a franchise owned by Bucta & Bippi Patel, P.O. 123465, Lahore, India.

:)::rofl::rofl::)

Qb1rdman
04-01-2012, 04:23 PM
My MIL passed last Monday so we headed to Michigan Tuesday. The home, funeral, gatherings, burial site, etc. were spread out so we lived out of the back of the truck staying in 3 different motels. The morning we checked out of the last one we were awaken by the sound of two trailer generators and 240V cords banging against our 1st floor window. I got up and went outside and noticed they were carrying fans and pump sprayers to the second floor.

My first thought was "bed bugs". I asked the first exterminator and he said what they were doing was just routine. I asked the second guy I saw and he said they were just doing some preventative treatments. I asked another and was again told it was routine. I called an exterminator back here in WC and before I even go halfway thru the description of what they were doing he said that they were treating for bed bugs.

I found the supervisor and when I called him on it he told me that I had to "ask the hotel". I went inside and asked the desk clerk and she told me once more that what they were doing was routine. When I told her I knew that they were treating for bed bugs she said I would have to talk to the manager and that he would be there in about 20 minutes. When he showed up he again said routine. By now I am getting pissed. I told him I knew what they were doing so why didn't he admit it. He then said that they had done an inspection and found bed bugs in 3 rooms on the second floor and that I didn't have anything to worry about. I called bullshit.

Found another exterminator and finally got one that was honest. He confirmed what the manager had told me and went on to tell me what to do as a precaution when we got home. Finally I got a human being who knew how to tell the truth. I don't think we have any problems but how can people lie thru their teeth like that and be able to sleep at night? If anybody had told us in the beginning what was going on and what to look for everything would have been fine. I've been reading up and have found that bed bugs can be present in hotels ranging from dives to really nice hotels. This was a mid/low tier motel.

So, in the end, Rose Exterminating in Troy MI employee a bunch of liars and the Comfort Inn in Charlotte MI has bed bugs.

Thank you for letting me rant.


gotta ask...what do you do as a precaution when you got home?

ladyjane
04-01-2012, 04:24 PM
There are 2 things that will absolutely repel bedbugs -

Scotch & Weed.


Just sayin'....



Big AlYes weed and I would lean towards bourbon or a good everclear!

cross21114
04-01-2012, 04:30 PM
This is a tough industry problem. Chances are the bugs are brought in by a previous customer. If one were really a skeptic, maybe it's being spread by exterminators so they can be like some lawyers.

Bugbuster
04-01-2012, 04:32 PM
Are they the same as scavies. Got them SOBs in a fleabag comfort in while at crystal river fishin. Final tally was almost a grand to delouse. Still got scars.

DirtBusters
04-01-2012, 04:35 PM
Maybe the exterminators didnt disclose what they were there for due to confidentiality clauses? I can see that, as far as the hotel employees, honesty is the best policy...just my thoughts.

Sprockets
04-01-2012, 04:49 PM
There are 2 things that will absolutely repel bedbugs -

Scotch & Weed.


Just sayin'....



Big Al

Must explain why I've never been exposed to them. ;cool;

Shag
04-01-2012, 04:54 PM
gotta ask...what do you do as a precaution when you got home?

Was told to put clothes in plastic bag and take them straight to dryer and dry on high for 15 minutes. The fans they were taking upstairs were heat fans to get the room extremely hot. Personally I'm taking my clothes to the cleaners in a plastic bag. And, for those who wonder, yes I am going to be honest with the cleaners.

RussH
04-01-2012, 06:27 PM
I am in a hotel several times a month and always worry about taking bed bugs home with me. So far so good. As soon as I get into my room I spray Lysol on all of the bedding including the pillows and the carpet around the bed. Does anyone know if Lysol will kil bed bugs?

Boataholic
04-01-2012, 06:43 PM
shouldn't you of asked that question BEFORE you sprayed that shit all over your bed?

bamaboy473
04-01-2012, 07:23 PM
There are 2 things that will absolutely repel bedbugs -

Scotch & Weed.


Just sayin'....



Big Al

:rofl: ...and you know this how?

(just trying to imagine Big Al with microscope around the RoachTel's bed seeing whether scotch/weed or old crusty socks/underwear were the better foe of those bad boys. :grin:

Brad1
04-01-2012, 09:46 PM
. . . This was a mid/low tier motel. . . .


Typically stayed at by owners of Proline, Sea Fox, and Angler boats.

Had you stayed where the Grady owners stay, you wouldn't have had such an experience. Of course your room rates would've been double.

Snapper Head
04-02-2012, 04:10 AM
:rofl: ...and you know this how?

(just trying to imagine Big Al with microscope around the RoachTel's bed seeing whether scotch/weed or old crusty socks/underwear were the better foe of those bad boys. :grin:

Well, I've never had any bedbugs.

And I don't wear socks or underwear.:grin::grin:


Big Al

Wolakrab
04-02-2012, 05:29 AM
Whenever I stay in a hotel, I pull the sheets off the beds and check the mattresses. It's easy to see if there's a bedbug infestation.
Hate the little bastards...

CayoHueso
04-02-2012, 05:34 AM
I have my vacation rental and that is something that really concerns me. I bought a hospital grade commercial steam cleaner I use between each guest. Heat in general and steam in particular kills the little blood suckers.

mtty
04-02-2012, 09:57 AM
I'm afraid it's gonna take a little more than steam. Insecticides are only marginally effective. Prolonged heat at roughly 140 degrees +, preferably 160 degrees plus will get 'em everytime. Lysol is just perfume when it comes to insects. We typically treat for 4 hours.

Shag
04-02-2012, 11:02 AM
We typically treat for 4 hours.

Serious question. If you are treating a motel and a guest questions you, what do you tell them? Personally I feel that if the first guy I asked told me that "We did an inspection and found them in 3 rooms on the 2nd floor and you should be fine but we will gladly check your room(s) when you check out to make sure" I wouldn't have had a problem at all. It was all the BS I had to go thru to even get anybody to admit anything.

Insteada
04-02-2012, 11:40 AM
When I check into a hotel there is a process I follow.


My bags immediately go into the bathroom so they aren't touching anything like carpet, bed, etc.
I go over to the beds and perform the following
Pull the fitted sheet off each corner one at a time and look in the mattress creases to see if there are brown stains, etc.
Look in the nightstand drawers, flip through the Gideon bible, etc to see if there is anything there that might indicate there was an issue.
Look under the bedskirt on the boxspring to see if there are stains (they don't switch or clean the boxspring in many situations).
See if I can pull the headboard off the wall (usually just hanging on some sort of offset or cleat) to see if there are stains on it/wall.
Change hotels if I find anything. Not rooms. Hotels.

Nasty things. I have a few employees that have gotten them on personal travel and it was a nightmare getting rid of them.

Shag
04-02-2012, 12:01 PM
Typically stayed at by owners of Proline, Sea Fox, and Angler boats.

Had you stayed where the Grady owners stay, you wouldn't have had such an experience. Of course your room rates would've been double.

Try finding a Grady motel in South Central Michigan. But, even then, being a Whaler fan I probably would have rather had bed bugs. :grin:

MAXIMUM B
04-02-2012, 12:03 PM
Shag, I allways thought you were a little "buggy"!

HOTSPOT
04-02-2012, 12:10 PM
Shoulda called me Bo, I woulda "sprayed" for you. No bed bug can stand the wrath of my toxic anal emmisions.

Shag
04-02-2012, 12:34 PM
Shoulda called me Bo, I woulda "sprayed" for you. No bed bug can stand the wrath of my toxic anal emmisions.

Uh, I think I would rather have bed bugs. :grin:

thegulfer
04-02-2012, 02:02 PM
LOL, only, on THT! This is disgusting. I had no idea and now I'm done with hotels for the rest of my life. I'm gonna sleep in the car (well, truck actually) from now on.

Although if someone could verify Snapper's solution I might make an exception. :)

Eyeball
04-02-2012, 06:25 PM
Well, I've never had any bedbugs.

And I don't wear socks or underwear.:grin::grin:


Big Al


I've never had any bedbugs, either.

And I only wear socks and underwear.:grin::grin:

Eyeball
04-02-2012, 06:26 PM
I had no idea and now I'm done with hotels for the rest of my life. I'm gonna sleep in the car (well, truck actually) from now on.




Don't worry about it. Bedbugs only bite paranoid people with tattoos. :grin::grin:

CayoHueso
04-03-2012, 02:56 AM
I'm afraid it's gonna take a little more than steam. Insecticides are only marginally effective. Prolonged heat at roughly 140 degrees +, preferably 160 degrees plus will get 'em everytime. Lysol is just perfume when it comes to insects. We typically treat for 4 hours.

I'm not treating an infestation, I'm preventing any from happening. The thermal death point for bedbugs is about 105 degrees. As I said, I use a couple of thousand dollar hospital grade steam cleaner which that produces 320 degrees steam. That is more than a little steam, its instant extermination.

Monsoon
04-03-2012, 04:54 AM
This is a tough industry problem. Chances are the bugs are brought in by a previous customer. If one were really a skeptic, maybe it's being spread by exterminators so they can be like some lawyers.


As a ex hotel manager. Bed bugs come with the guests. Backpackers and travelers, basically any one who uses a sleeping bag instead of the bedding provided for whatever reason. the only way to treat the bedding is to burn it. You cant kill them however you can replace the bedding. My 2 cents. Bed bugs are a hoteliers worst nightmare..

Snapper Head
04-03-2012, 05:42 AM
What a buncha pansies.


I spent a lifetime traveling and living in hotels, huts, & hovels throughout the 3rd, 4th, and 5th world.

When you find a Black Mamba on the window sill of your room, (true story), then gimme a call.

Bedbugs:roll

Pansies.:Q:grin:


Big Al

Shag
04-03-2012, 05:50 AM
what a buncha pansies.


I spent a lifetime traveling and living in hotels, huts, & brothels throughout the 3rd, 4th, and 5th world.

When you find a black mamba on the window sill of your room, (true story), then gimme a call.

Bedbugs:roll

pansies.:q:grin:


Big al

fify.

Snapper Head
04-03-2012, 05:51 AM
Those were 'refreshment stands'.:grin:


Big Al



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