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DNC Hotels Infested with Bed Bugs

September 6th, 2012

DNC Hotels Infested with Bed Bugs

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Bedbugs an increasing concern at DNC hotels

Charlotte seeing an uptick in pest reports
By David Hill | The Washington Times

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — You think incumbent politicians are hard to get rid of? Try bedbugs.

 

The blood-sucking insects have made a resurgence in recent years, including reports of them at nine of the hotels being used for Democrats’ nominating convention this week in Charlotte.

 

Some convention-goers were fearful in the run-up to the convention, and state officials and exterminators said bedbug reports have been on the uptick in and around the Queen City.

 

But county health officials say they have taken precautions to make sure the pests aren’t waiting in hotel rooms to go home with guests as unwanted souvenirs.

 

“We did inspect all of the hotels and we do respond to complaints,” said Stephen Graham, an environmental supervisor for the Mecklenburg County Health Department. “We’re required to inspect them once a year, and we inspected them all after the start of the new fiscal year [July 1].”

 

The rise in the pest’s activity has led to the advent of websites such as BedBugReports.com and BedBugRegistry.com, where hotel-goers can report their bad experiences in hopes of warning other travelers.

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