Patient Comments: Bed Bugs - In Hotels

Please describe your experience with bed bugs.

Comment from: DeLand, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

My boyfriend is living in a motel, and I get bitten every time I go to visit him. He never seems to have any bites, but I think he is just not allergic like I am. Every morning when I am there, I awake with new bites that are red, swollen, and extremely itchy. I recently stayed for 4 nights, and by the time I left, I had over 50 bites. I tried taking Zyrtec during the day and Benadryl at night while I was there, but still had the allergic reaction. He has examined the mattress and has not been able to find any evidence of the bugs, but this has happened to me the last 3 times I visited him. I get no relief from the bites until I go back home. Normally, I have a few pop up on me after I get home for a few days, but then they all go away until I return to visit him again.

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Comment from: VS, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

So far I haven't seen any famous hotel guarantee the room is free of bed bugs. I always check and make sure the sheet is new and clean.

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Comment from: Marriot , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

During a recent stay at a hotel, my 5 month old son and I woke up to bite marks, welts on our body. I informed the management and they quickly came to our room, ransacked the sofa sleeper that we were sleeping on and threw out our sheets and pillows. They, of course, seem very apologetic and refunded our fees 100%. We both got treated for bed bugs and I filed a claim against the hotel.

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Comment from: dietcokeaddict, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

So I am living in a dormitory this year for school, and a few days ago I started noticing that I was really itchy in bed. I didn't think anything of it, but the next night the same thing happened. I did also notice bite marks on my body when I woke up the next morning. I actually have not seen the bugs, but the bite marks look the same as bedbug bites and I have been quite itchy. Also, I have a tingling sensation throughout my body and have random muscle spasms. Along with that, I have been having headaches along with nausea. It is just really frustrating and painful! I have been fiercely addressing the issue, however, by getting a new bedbug-proof mattress and bedbug encasing for the mattress. I also have thrown all the bedding away and the carpets in my room. I am a highly allergic person, so I react to bites strongly. Some people might actually have bedbugs, but they show no signs of having them. It just depends on how sensitive you are to their bites. Bedbugs can climb through walls and transfer to people in many other ways, so it is important to take whatever precautions are necessary. You should not have to live with these things.

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Comment from: embarrassing bite, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I actually saw this insect, black tiny thing in my motel bed. I killed the bedbug with the hotel sheet, which had blood from the previous bite, and from killing it; very gross!

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Comment from: somedumbgirl, 25-34 (Patient) Published: July 23

I have to move often. It's a renters situation, and this happens often in seattle. I was forced to move despite not having found a place to stay yet by the landlord I was renting from (he hadn't even rented the space I was occupying, but he wanted to keep it "ready" for anyone who decided to bite) I had to move, so I settled on a studio that was cheap and offered short term leases. I eventually saw the signs regarding the possibility of "bug infestations" cockroaches? fine. you can spray for those. eventually I wound up with what appeared to be huge mosquito bites. I am aware of bedbugs. I took precautions. my bed is raised off the floor by risers. I check it regularly. I IRON and steam my bed every week when I can. for the life of me, I've seen a bedbug ONCE! and yet still, sometimes when I wake up I'll have another incredibly itchy huge "mosquito bite" typically on my ankle (exposed area) or sometimes, embarrassingly, my face! I've taken to sleeping fully clothed most of the time, washing my clothes and drying on high heat often, ironing or steaming all of my cloth belongings regularly, and checking my bed as often as possible. the suckers still slip by sometimes. more recently, in hot weather, I fell asleep mostly unclothed and it was a big mistake. I'm not sure if they are all bedbug bites, but I had several of the huge "mosquito bite" sized reactions on my ankles, and the rest of my body is COVERED in red bumps that sort of itch but not as bad as the welts. This is a fucking nightmare and incredibly embarrassing. If anyone has suggestions I'd love to hear them. my mattress still seems to show no sign...

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