As most know by now, bed bugs can show up about anywhere, no matter how nice the hotel is. It is important to keep you luggage closed and in the bathroom while you conduct a complete inspection of the hotel room to check for a bed bug infection. Bed Bugs In Hotels are more common than you think so keep your self safe and inspect the room.
A Blue Island couple is suing the Hollywood Casino Joliet and its hotel, saying they found bed bugs in their room more than six months ago.
Tamara Layman and Leo Gonzales filed the lawsuit in Will County this month. Layman said she first tried asking a manager there to simply reimburse her for doctor visits, lost property and a ruined weekend. But she said she’s had no success.
“I’m having to replace things that I never should have had to replace,” she said.
A Hollywood Casino representative declined to comment.
The lawsuit said Layman and Gonzales checked into the casino’s hotel March 5, left their luggage in their room and went to the casino. They returned a few hours later and went to sleep. But Layman said she woke up at 1:30 a.m. and noticed a bug on a pillow.
Gonzales killed the bug, and Layman carried it in a tissue to the hotel’s front desk, where an employee offered to give them another room.
When Layman returned to her original room, though, she and Gonzales said they pulled down the covers and discovered red bugs running on the sheets. Layman said she videotaped the bugs with her cell phone.
“I was sleeping with those things,” Layman said.
A hotel employee again offered the couple a new room, the lawsuit said, but Layman and Gonzales declined. After they returned home, they said Gonzales noticed bite marks on Layman’s shoulder. She said a doctor confirmed she was bitten by bed bugs, and the couple’s suit said a Hollywood Casino manager acknowledged the pests were bed bugs.
Layman and Gonzales said they threw out most, if not all, of what they brought to the casino including luggage. They also said it took 17 days for the hotel to send an exterminator to their home for an inspection.
Layman said she wants the hotel’s staff to offer instructions to future visitors if they find bed bugs in their rooms. That way people will know how to keep the bugs from traveling with them to their homes.
“They gave us no information,” Layman said. “When we left there, we were clueless.”
So make sure to check any hotel or motel room that you stay in on your next trip. Bed bugs can not only leave you with itchy bed bug bites, but they can get into your clothing and hitch a ride back to your home. Taking the time to check your hotel room is a lot better than having to pay a bed bug exterminator to treat your home.
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