Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite
Published March 13th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - For these creatures you're their meal. It's an infestation that is hard to get rid of a University of Florida expert tell me, but definitely not impossible. It's an infestation that is hard to get rid of a University of Florida expert tell me, but definitely not impossible. One woman shares her experience with unwanted guests during her stay at a hotel in gainesville.
Ainee Fladenmuller from North Carolina spent last weekend in Gainesville to visit friends at a hotel near I-75. Though its location was convenient, what she found in it wasn't. Bed bugs. "But it wasn't it until I actually tried to turn it over, that the bug itself basically popped in my hand and I had blood on my finger," she says.
When she confronted Baymont Inn's general manager, he justified the incident explaining that the bed bugs came from another hotel. Fladenmuller said, "He wasn't like, I can't believe that happened to you... It was more like okay, yes we've had problems. And he was apologetic."
One of these little creatures on you may not be too bad, however they do reproduce and multiply rather quickly. Meaning an infestation can become a problem. The 'Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation' hasn't noted any complaints regarding bed bugs at the Baymont Inn however that may not be for long as Fladenmuller filed a report against the hotel on Tuesday. It's something she hopes the hotel will fix soon.
Roberto Pereira an Associate Research Scientist for the University of Florida's Entomology Nematology Department said, "The whole hotel doesn't have to be closed down. What we expect that the manager will do is that, that room will be taken out of service."
Anthony Dennis with the Alachua County Health Department tells me he receives 10 to 12 calls a year about bed bugs from apartments and hotels, a growing number. "I've seen an increase in the number of complaints or calls that we get. Probably more significantly over the last three to four years," he said.
Fladenmuller says she worries for the safety of others staying at the hotel, especially after I told her Baymont Inn is completely booked this weekend, probably because of GatorNationals. Now we did try reaching out to the hotel for a comment but the general manager was unavailable to talk to us.
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