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July 28th, 2010, 04:37 PM #1Bedbugs?
I am getting a little worried about staying at the Hilton for the ASE, I must admit. Here we are getting all kinds of reports of the bedbug infestation in Manhattan, and I definitely do not want to be bringing those home as a souvenir.
According to the Bedbug Report, the Hilton has the little buggers, too. What do you all think of this? I'm itching just thinking about it.
July 28th, 2010, 04:58 PM #2
The Hilton should be fine. I wouldn't even think about it that much
Most of the bed bug infestation that you are hearing about is in apartment buildings. I have been doing extensive research on the topic lately and it seems that people getting free mattresses off places like craigslist and bringing them into their apartments is whats causing and feeding the problem.
July 28th, 2010, 05:05 PM #3
I saw something about it on the news last night, too, and got the willies just thinking about it!
July 28th, 2010, 05:33 PM #4
I just heard it on NPR when I was driving my daughter back from her camp.
Rhia7 also posted about it:
The Hilton New York is listed with 7 reports:
Eeeek!! I don't want those kind of souvenirs either!!
July 28th, 2010, 06:21 PM #5
I don't want to unnecessarily scare people, but New York City does have a problem and I would think that the hotels are tackling the problem.
I looked at The Bedbug Registry and read this statement:
I too stayed at the Hilton NY (Avenue of the Americas) during the week of April 7th,2010.
That allegedly happened back in April -- the Hilton has had about 4 months to correct the problem. I notice that the report was submitted to the site 07/23/2010 -- why did it take so long for "Anonymous" to submit the report?
If April 2010 is the last date for such an incident, I wouldn't worry about it.
Keep in mind that there is a possibility of false reports as well.
I don't think anyone should encounter a problem like that at the Hilton but be alert that this is a real problem in New York City *and* in other places as well.
If you see bugs in your room, promptly go to customer service and request another room not just a coupon for a free breakfast.
Wherever anyone travels it is a good idea to look at:
There is now an official New York City Bed Bug Advisory Board report
I didn't make up the problem -- it's a real problem but I think you all will be okay.
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July 28th, 2010, 08:29 PM #6
Ugh, thats just gross....bedbugs. You know we are all going to be itching for sure now after our first night there.
I'll be taking my little flashlight to look for the buggers when the lights are off and before my butt hits the bed.
July 28th, 2010, 08:34 PM #7
July 28th, 2010, 11:26 PM #8
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There are constantly conventions at the Hilton, with people that stay there over and over, I highly doubt there are bedbugs there. They wouldn't be sold out if they had them. People talk, and it would be all over Facebook etc.Deborah Carney
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July 28th, 2010, 11:48 PM #9
Most of the recent reviewers liked the Hilton on Trip Advisor:
Looks like you'll be okay
July 29th, 2010, 12:44 AM #10
Even the finest restaurants in Manhattan have a tough time fending off rats and other vermin.
Bugs don't discriminate; they don't know the difference between a downtown hotel and a roadside motel.
July 29th, 2010, 01:56 AM #11
Of course they are tackling the problem, but the problem is that these little bugs have become resistant to the allowed bug chemicals and it is very hard to get them out.
My cat brought in fleas last year, and although I caught the problem right away, it still took weeks of hard work to get everything sanitized again. Luckily for us we don't have any carpeting in the whole house and we only saw two fleas, but it still makes your skin crawl...
Besides, I am going to visit my mom for a week directly after the summit...I'm sure she'll be pleased if I infest her house
What to do, what to do...
July 29th, 2010, 03:14 PM #12
- Read hotel reviews on various websites
The Hilton has a good reputation.
I can't decide for you.
Upon being assigned a room -- check out the curtains or any other place
that would be susceptible.
If you don't like your room request a different one promptly.
Enjoy New York - My home state
July 29th, 2010, 03:40 PM #13
This was published in a reputable UK newspaper called The Guardian
This couple claims they picked up the Bubonic Plague in during a "holiday in New York" -- none of our papers reported this case so I am not sure:
Experience: We survived the bubonic plague
It's the only fairly recent [within 2010] case I've read about.
Really, you can be afraid of anything but millions of people come and go into New York City -- they have a great time and nothing bad happens.
Don't worry. Enjoy NYC
July 29th, 2010, 04:30 PM #14
July 29th, 2010, 04:57 PM #15
Maybe we should all be issued the hotel room inspection kits used in the movie Ocean's 13. You know, with the black light and the special glasses.
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July 29th, 2010, 05:00 PM #16
July 29th, 2010, 10:35 PM #17
Here's the latest on Bedbugs:
Bedbugs Biting All Over U.S.
It's all over, it's not just NY
Survey of Pest Control Companies Finds Infestations Across the U.S.
Bedbugs take bite out of Big Apple
Lennox Hill Victoria's Secret store shut down briefly over bedbugs
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/07/17/2010-07-17_icky_vickys_real_secret_bedbugs.html#ixzz0v8IIiOVS
Victoria's Secret Store in NYC Hit by Bedbugs
Your bra might itch for a reason other than the band is too tight
This is just my opinion [tell me I am wrong] but I would stay out of the subways unless it was absolutely necessary.
Subways have huge wooden benches: don't sit on those things.
Now we're (bed)bugged in subway
Beware the bedbug-infested subway benches
Beware of Union Square Subway Station
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July 29th, 2010, 11:22 PM #18
July 31st, 2010, 04:05 AM #19
But I bet the chances of this guy having bedbugs is slim to none...LOL
July 31st, 2010, 04:13 AM #20
Thanks, Rhia, for all the info.
We have decided to do a few different things:
1) have two suitcases with two sets of clothes, one for NYC and one for home at my Mom's.
2) The 2nd suitcase (for at mom's) gets double garbage bagged and duct taped and doesn't get open until we are at home (heavy duty garbage bags for the garden).
3) Once we get to NYC I will order water-soluable laundry/washing bags from amazon and sort our laundry into those before we leave the hotel. They have special closures and are air-tight and go straight into the washing mashine without having to open them again.
4) Pack the "NY suitcase" in double garbage bags when we leave.
5) Pray that the rental car is bug free!!
Seems like a lot of a helluvabuh, but I already have two friends and my mother-in-law who won't let me visit when we get back home. They said I should put up any photos online, they will look there
Wonder what my mom is going to say when I ask to use her washer? "Mom, can I throw these water-soluable laundry bags that may or may not have bedbugs into your washer?" LOL Maybe I just shouldn't say anything.... *laugh*
July 31st, 2010, 10:19 AM #212) The 2nd suitcase (for at mom's) gets double garbage bagged and duct taped and doesn't get open until we are at home (heavy duty garbage bags for the garden).
July 31st, 2010, 10:54 AM #22
Your plan isn't foolproof as the clothes you are wearing can carry bedbugs from one place to another so the bedbugs can get on the plane with you. What if the guy sitting next to you has bed bugs in his house and he is bringing them to NY on his clothes.
Wonder how many guys on this forum are going to call their mother in law and tell them they have bed bugs so they DON'T have to visit them lol.
July 31st, 2010, 12:18 PM #23
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I think this is being way overblown. NYC is a huge city and there are so many things to worry about that if you worry about them you won't be able to have a good time. People stay in the Hilton without problems, they are on the subway and don't get cooties (but late a night you will see rats on the tracks, but they don't come up on the platforms), there are scary people and there is a heck of a lot going on! There is energy here, and people that may be trying to scare people away are doing it more to create a hoopla than talking about actual experiences.
If you listen to the nightly news in NYC *no one* would come here. People on the streets are New Yorkers, they will tell big stories about little things, and ignore other things saying fuggetaboutit.
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July 31st, 2010, 12:33 PM #24
Don't pay the 5 bucks that the MTA charges for nit combs; the street peddlers have them on every corner for just a buck. Save your money; why pay the extra 4 bucks just to have the logo imprinted on it.
July 31st, 2010, 06:20 PM #25
If you want a real peaceful nights sleep try Yellowstone in a tent. At least with bears you feel the tent move before they bite.