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Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease. Bites are often painless and occur at night while you are sleeping. Some people suffer allergic reactions and develop painful swelling. You may have red, itchy welts or rashes from bites; however, bite marks are not a reliable indication of a bed bug infestation. Check your mattress, box spring, headboard & nightstands for signs of bed bugs.
Article by NPMA:
“If you stay in a hotel or motel, keep these bed bug travel tips in mind. It is important that you take some precautions to ensure that your room is bed-bug free before you settle in. In a recent survey by NPMA, 75% of pest control professionals indicated that they have encountered infestations of bed bugs in hotels and motels. The NPMA recommends the following tips for bed bug prevention when traveling:
- At hotels, pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. If you see anything suspect, notify management and change rooms/establishments immediately.
- Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. If any pests are spotted, change rooms/establishments immediately.
- If you do need to change rooms, be sure that you do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to the origin.
- Consider placing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag or protective cover during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
- Remember: bed bugs travel by hitching rides. After your trip, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house. Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing away. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have hitched a ride home.
- Wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.”
Hospitals are a great environment for bed bugs to thrive. Take caution when checked into a hospital for long periods of time. Inspect the hospital bed, check for fecal blood smears, fecal stains and inspect any additional furniture. If bed bugs are found, notify the hospital staff immediately.
“People don’t expect to find bedbugs at a sanitary place like a hospital, but that’s what a Valley woman found, after her daughter was admitted to the hospital.
Meanwhile, officials with Banner issued a statement, which reads, in part:
“We are responsive to any concerns expressed by our patients. We take immediate action to remedy isolated incidents as soon as we are notified.””
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/bedbugs-found-in-valley-hospital
Airports are HOTSPOTS for BedBugs!
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport removed three padded benches at Terminal 4 because of a bedbug infestation, officials there said Wednesday.
The benches were in the pre-security area on Level 3 near America’s Taco Shop and Yogurtology. Sky Harbor officials say the infestation was contained to this area of the airport’s busiest terminal.
Exterminators first treated that spot several weeks ago after someone complained about bedbugs, airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez said. Last Friday, employees realized the pests were not completely gone, and so they covered the seating and blocked off the area.
Rodriguez said the padded benches were removed overnight and a professional pest control company will follow up to ensure all bedbugs have been exterminated.
Sky Harbor also had bedbugs several years ago in a separate, padded seating area, officials said. The seating was immediately removed once the bedbugs were discovered.
Read the full article here: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/11/01/bedbugs-found-seats-phoenix-sky-harbor-international-airport-terminal-4/821805001/
Bed bugs are hitchhikers and an Airport is a great environment for a bed bug to thrive. Make sure you inspect where you sit, inspect your airplane seat & luggage after travel.
For an Arkansas woman, that experience included getting bitten by bedbugs, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Christine Bingaman says she was bitten by bedbugs during a four-night stay at the hotel in May. During her first night at the Biltmore, Bingaman said she felt itchiness on her legs which later turned out to be the effect of bedbug bites.
On her second night, she discovered a small brown bug scurrying across her room’s bed sheets. Bingaman captured and killed the bug before bringing its carcass to Biltmore’s front desk. A manager called for the company Ecolab to test the insect and confirmed that it was a bedbug.
A spokesperson for the Biltmore did not respond to a voicemail seeking comment.
According to the lawsuit, the hotel transferred Bingaman to a new room and promised to buy her replacement luggage, award her 100,000 Hilton Honors points, and reimburse her for property she did not bring back to Arkansas for fear of infecting her home. Bingaman claims they didn’t keep those promises.
Bingaman claims in her lawsuit that the Biltmore failed to follow protocols to protect guests from bedbugs, pointing to several Trip Advisor reviews from guests who claimed to have been bitten by bedbugs at the hotel. She brought forth her complaint on behalf of anyone who stayed at the Biltmore from May 8, 2015, through November 14, 2018, and seeks damages exceeding $300,000.
In addition to the Biltmore, Bingaman’s lawsuit also names as defendants Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and Waldorf Astoria Management LLC. She is represented by Paul Stoller, a Phoenix-based attorney, and William Creasman of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Bingaman is suing the Biltmore and its parent companies on seven counts, including fraud, negligence, and emotional distress.
Bingaman is also suing for false advertising. Her complaint claims that her experience failed to live up to Biltmore promotions that invite guests to “discover a cozy oasis in our breathtaking rooms, suites, and villas” and label rooms as “lavish accommodations with unparalleled experiences.”
“Bites from blood-sucking bed bugs are not what the Plaintiff and the Class Members have or had in mind when they made or make reservations with the hotel,” Bingaman’s lawsuit states.
To make the case that Biltmore management had knowledge of an alleged bedbug problem, Bingaman attached exhibits to her lawsuit containing the Trip Advisor reviews.”
Bed Bugs in hotels are an inevitable occurrence. Take precautions by inspecting the room upon arrival. If bed bugs are found, notify the manager as soon as possible. Most hotels will relocate you to another room and call in a licensed pest control professional to rectify the situation.
Read the full article here: https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lawsuit-arizona-biltmore-hotel-in-phoenix-has-a-bed-bug-problem-11033124
Below is a typical story of a Bedbug infestation in a hotel:
“A Texas mom says she had a skin-crawling experience at a San Antonio-area hotel over the weekend, claiming that she was greeted by dozens of
bedbugs covering the bed, headboard and beyond after entered her room late Friday night.
Kali Powell, who was traveling with her two young children, called the incident ‘traumatizing.’ “It was the most nasty thing. They were big, they were little. There was blood on the sheets. That was from when we were flipping the sheets, and bugs were crushed by the sheets,” Powell told WOAI on Monday, sharing cellphone footage of the tiny insects inside her room at Drury Inn and Suites in Stone Oak.
Powell said her two children had already fallen asleep before she noticed the blood-sucking insects. “Poor kids were laying in the beds with these things crawling all over eating away at them. I have never dealt with this everrrrr in my life,” Powell warned in a Facebook post early Saturday.
Panicked, the mom contacted the hotel’s assistant manager and was transferred to another room that she assured was bug-free. However, Powell couldn’t help but wonder if she carried any critters over with her. In a post online, she advised others staying at the hotel to monitor the room for any potential signs of a “nasty infestation.””
Read the full article here: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/us-world-news/bedbugs-take-over-texas-hotel-bedroom-in-skin-crawling-photos
TIPS TO AVOID BEDBUGS WHEN TRAVELING:
BedBugs travel by hitching rides. After your trip, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house. Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing away. Wash and dry all clothing on the hottest settings. If you think you may have brought bedbugs home, contact us at 480-304-5649 immediately.