Residents and an employee of he Midtown Motel in Newport News, Virginia claim the motel has bed bugs in a story from News 10 by Mary Kay Mallonee.
It’s a typical “bed bugs in motel” expose, with motel guests complaining of and displaying what they say are bed bug bites, and the maintenance man describing bed bugs crawling on mattresses. (They also complain about missing smoke detectors, black mold in rooms, and so on.)
However, there are two interesting things in this video:
First, police were called in as well as the news team. After investigating the rooms, police took some items away in paper bags.
Note to Newport News Police: items which may contain bed bugs (i.e. anything sampled from a room with bed bugs) should be treated carefully and carried off only in plastic bags with airtight seals (garbage bags tied with the right kind of knot, XL Ziploc bags, etc.)
We don’t want the next story out of Newport News to be about an infested police station!
Second, the reporter tells the owner, in reference to the bed bug problem, “You’ve got to change that tonight. They can’t sleep like that!”
It’s true that bed bugs do need to be addressed right away, and motel guests should probably be assisted in carefully relocating without bringing bed bugs, while the motel is treated for bed bugs.
However, viewers need to know that bed bug problems treated with conventional methods cannot be eliminated overnight.
These are small points, but important, since many news viewers will not know a lot about bed bugs, and education — spreading good information — is key.