This was just too strange a bed bug news story to pass up.
Arkansas Television Company news site TodaysTHV.com carried the headline
“Dead bedbugs found in Crescent Hotel room.”
Well, call in CSI: Eureka Springs!
I just had to see what was news-worthy about that.
The article states,
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) — The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting an incident at the Crescent Hotel where dead bedbugs were found in one room on Tuesday.
Four rooms were examined, but only the one room contained bedbugs, which were already dead. Ecolab had been at the hotel to treat for bedbugs. A follow-up examination of the room and Ecolab are scheduled for next week.
THV also promised to post a statement shortly from a hotel manager.
If I’m reading this correctly, a hotel room was treated for bed bugs, and then dead bed bugs were found there. And they’re going to follow-up next week.
And this is news?
If it was funnier, I’d suspect the Onion was involved.
You might think, “Well, bed bugs are such a rarity in Arkansas.”
Judging by our visitor stats (view the Clustermap), or reports on the Bed Bug Registry (for example, Eureka Springs, Little Rock), not such a rarity anymore. According to Clustermap, we had nearly 2000 different visitors from the state in the last two months. That puts it among the US states sending the fewest readers to Bedbugger. But clearly, far too many for there to be a news report made of every dead bed bug sighting in the state.
Hopefully future travelers will only be finding other kinds of eerie beings creeping around at this hotel: the historic Crescent Hotel is rumored to be haunted.
Remember, lots of nice hotels are haunted by some bed bugs, since travelers can bring them in any day. Make sure you read our Travel FAQs and learn how to spot them and avoid bringing them home.