Bed Bugs Found At Memphis Motel
WREG.com (Memphis, TN)
Friday, March 2, 2012
- Health inspectors found bed bugs at Motel 6.
- Motel has at least 10 days to clean up.
- Inspectors still have motel a 94/100 after finding
(Memphis 3/1/2012) "I just woke up and just started itching, had
red marks and stuff all over my arms," says Barbara Taylor.
Taylor says it was so bad inside her room at the Motel 6 on South
Pauline, she slept in the chair for the rest of the night.
She and her husband are in town for his cancer treatments at the
"As soon as daylight broke, I got out of there." Shortly after,
Taylor visited the doctor and contacted the Memphis-Shelby County
"We went to the room, checked it out and found bed bugs in the
room," says Health Department Environmental Sanitation Supervisor
Otho Sawyer. The report dated February 29th shows inspectors found
bed bugs in the mattress, at the top of the beds and behind the
Motel 6 was docked 4 points for what's considered a critical
violation, but still scored a 94 out of 100. "It's
because we look for a number of things," explains Sawyer.
Sawyer notes the motel got high marks in other areas. Previous
inspection reports show a 97 and 89. The motel has at
least 10 days to clean up.
"If we go back and the violation's not corrected, they know from
the notice that we gave them their permit could be suspended,"
Sawyer says in 2009 and 2010, the health department got 47 bed bug
complaints and nearly half were valid. Even more reason for
consumers to be their own inspectors.
"Pull the sheets back, check for blotches of blood, check, look in
the cracks and crevices."
Also, ask to see the entire inspection report. Sawyer says the
narrative on the second page contains critical information that the
inspectors witnessed, so consumers should read it, no matter the
We didn't see a report at all in the front lobby of Motel 6. We
also asked about the bed bugs.
"I don't have any comment at this time," says a woman who
identified herself as the general manager.
However, Taylor, has something to say, "This is public notice that
they need to clean up their act!"