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Old September 13th, 2010, 05:18 PM
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hi, where in the room would be the best spot to put luggage to avoid bringing these home?
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I think most people bring them in!!
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I personally do not think there is any particular place .I would suggest checking out your ship ,hotel ,etc on the Bedbug Registry .
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Boy, I just watched a segment on tv, about this...sadly they don't just love beds! Lift up the sheet on the corner of the bed, and check for the critters... If you see pinpoints of blood on the mattress, that's another sign. If you see something, tell your steward asap....if they are there, they could come home with you
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We have been doing bedbug checks for years at hotels and on cruise ships .Recently we heard that a very popular NYC movie theater was infested with bedbugs .
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Henry, they closed down a Victoria's Secret and a A& F plus another big name store in the city recently, for fumigating...
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Its getting scary ,Trip .
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what can be done as some type of preventative? spraying the sheets with Lysol things like that?
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Lysol may be an answer ,however ,I suggest researching this on the internet
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We had apparent bed bug bites on a cruise ship in 2005. It's really something you don't want to talk about, however it's real. When we got home we did some internet searching on the subject. The only for sure way to get rid of them is to get rid of the mattress! After the cruise and our research we reported it to the cruise line in an email. Never got a response.
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Over the years, since the banning of ddt, the bed bug population has exploded. One thing I learned from the tv segment I saw is, it's not an easy process to get rid of them, and, it's very costly!

Lysol, would do nothing, I would expect, but, make them smell good;(
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My youngest child was in India earlier this year .She borrowed one of my suitcases .I dreaded getting it back .However ,if one spends their entire time worrying about bed bugs one has to be isolated in a cube .
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We've never worried about them before or even after. In fact, we did forget about them until reading this thread.
Here's a link to the registry: Bed Bug Registry
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On the Dr. Oz show today, they had a segment on bedbugs.....gee, in a matter of days, I am itchy, with all this talk

They did give tips for hotel rooms, which, would be the same for a ship cabin. I think I will follow them, this cruise.

1~ when you arrive at the room, don't bring your luggage into the room, hold the door open with it, and, check for signs of the buggers. If you see any, don't bring anything in.

2~ Keep your luggage on the luggage rack, to keep it off the floor...for cruisers, I would, think, that putting them under the bed, would not be a good idea, but unless we have room elsewhere, what would we do?

It does give you pause, to think about all these things to protect yourself, from bringing them back home....
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On the Dr. Oz show today, they had a segment on bedbugs.....gee, in a matter of days, I am itchy, with all this talk

They did give tips for hotel rooms, which, would be the same for a ship cabin. I think I will follow them, this cruise.

1~ when you arrive at the room, don't bring your luggage into the room, hold the door open with it, and, check for signs of the buggers. If you see any, don't bring anything in.

2~ Keep your luggage on the luggage rack, to keep it off the floor...for cruisers, I would, think, that putting them under the bed, would not be a good idea, but unless we have room elsewhere, what would we do?

It does give you pause, to think about all these things to protect yourself, from bringing them back home....
I do exactly that, check for them first and then carefully store my bags.

What is worse? Going on vacation with them or bringing them home?

Both, I say. We all should be careful.

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Since storage in cabins is exclusively under the bed, pack several large heavy trash bags and some duct or packing tape. Put your suitcases in the bags and seal them completely. Of course you can also bring them in your purses, tote bags or other personal items.

We do mission work in Honduras and on three occasions stayed in posadas where we had bedbugs. When we got home, I did not bring the luggage into the house - just unloaded everything on the back porch. Then I put the bags in a garbage bag, gave it a good long blast of Bengal, sealed them and left them to sit in the Louisiana sun for about two weeks.

We didn't ever wind up with any in our home, but I don't know if it was due to our actions or that we just didn't have any hitchhikers to start with.

Now, I gotta' go take a bath - I'm all itchy just thinking about it
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On the Gem, they had wonderfully designed cabins with great storage,and we were actually able to store our luggage in the closet.

If someone was carrrying some stowaways in their handbags, & totes, etc,as the Dr Oz show mentioned, the overhead bins on the plane, are a target too..( too much thought,and we would never go, or do anything!
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A friend from NYC met me for lunch today .He brought a newspaper with him and inside there was a circular all about bed bugs with various products from sprays to mattress covers .
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