[QUOTE=papa bear;1082496]Knock on wood, I have not come across bed bugs at all at any of the Disney resorts this year nor the end of last year. BUT because it is a threat (according to numerous reports at the registry), I ALWAYS check the room before I drop the luggage. No hotel, motel or resort is immune from the threat of bed bugs. Many 5 Star hotels get them as well as the two to three star ones. They can latch on to you on a plane for that matter! Or a rental car!
I travel a lot for work so it’s become a habit. And you should make it a habit as well.
When you enter the room, do NOT put your bags on the bed until you check everything thoroughly. First, what I do is I pull back the comforter and sheets to look at the bare bed. These suckers are the size of an apple seed and their excrements look like coffee grounds so if you see either, leave.
Next, if the bed(s) is/are good to go, pull open the drawers (if you use them). Once again, if you see either the bugs or “coffee grounds”, leave.
Last but not least, check out the areas behind the picture frames (if they’re not completely bolted to the wall).
If everything is “clear”, then you’re okay to bring in the bags.
And I know that all you want to do is get in the room to relax, but I’m not kidding. Do not bring in the bags until you check out the room. Because laziness can cause the loss of thousands of out of pocket dollars on your end should these suckers latch on to your luggage and travel back home with you.
It’s a pain, I know, but it only takes me 3 minutes to do “the check”.
And like I said, I do this ritual at every hotel I stay at be it a Sofitel, Omni, or a Hampton Inn…[/QUOTE]
Great advice, thanks so much PB. It seems like the bed bug epidemic has gone global as there are reports of them being throughout the UK and Europe too. I guess its cross contamination from all the travelling that goes on these days world wide.