Bed Bugs Found in Lincoln Hotel
KLKNtv.com (Lincoln, NE)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The nationwide bed bug problem continues to grow and the County
Health Department wants to give you a few tips to protect
Bed bugs have increased in population 500 percent over the last few
years. The Health Department says we should expect to see even more
of these tiny pests unless we stop them from hitching a ride.
The oval shaped, reddish brown creature has mad its way all across
the United States. They've been found in hospitals, dorm rooms and
hotels. A Florida couple recently stayed at a hotel here in Lincoln
that they say was infested and they didn't realize there was a
problem until their legs started itching.
"We took a nap for about three hours, went out around downtown and
came back. My legs were itching all over after the nap. It was
about 11:30, we were getting ready for bed, brushing our teeth and
that's when we saw a bug crawling on the sheets. I took the bug up
to the front desk in toilet paper, he said I'll give you keys to
room 106 and we went there. That's when we opened up and saw there
were no sheets on the bed, the mattresses were pulled away and it
had the bug spray," the couple said.
The hotel, which we're not naming, has since fumigated the rooms
and they say they no longer have a bed bug problem. The Health
Department has these tips for travelers. "It's a good idea to carry
a little flashlight and check to make sure you don't see any
evidence of bed bugs and also to store your suitcase in the bath
tub overnight," said Nancy Clark with the Lincoln Health
The Health Department says bed bugs can't crawl up porcelain, so
keeping your clothes in the tub better protects you. If you notice
a bite, tell someone. "If you do react or you do have bites it's
good to report it to the manager because when people travel they do
carry them with them periodically and it's good for them to know
right away so that they can make sure they treat the room."
One study found that over the counter foggers and bed bombs are not
effective at killing bedbugs. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health
Department recommends using heat treatment.