another bed bug lawsuit: The Stone Inn, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

by nobugsonme on March 10, 2007 · 5 comments

in bed bug lawsuits, bed bugs, bed bugs in hotels, legal aspects of bed bugs, motels

This woman is suing because she says staying in a motel with bed bugs gave her nightmares.

I don’t have anything to say about the merits of the case (who knows if there were bed bugs or if they gave her nightmares), though but I did want to comment on how Fox News filed it under their “Strange and Unusual” news category (along with “Uranium Found in Pawn Shop,” and “Tornado Blows Old Check from Georgia to Alabama“).  I don’t think bed bug lawsuits, at this stage, should be in the “circus sideshow” section of the news, even of Fox News, where everything kind of has that quality to it.

I haven’t personally heard from anyone in this woman’s situation (which sounds like PTSD brought on by a night in a motel with bed bugs), but there are plenty of people who experience bed bugs and have bed bug nightmares–especially those for whom bed bugs go on and on and disrupt their lives in numerous ways–financially, socially, emotionally, and at work.  I don’t think that’s a strange and unusual reaction to knowing that a pest is drinking your blood as you sleep. Let alone, to seeing the bugs doing so.

I suppose, in some sense, the entire bed bug epidemic is strange and unusual, as is the reluctance many people have to seeing it as a real problem. When they do acknowledge it is one, it may be because they too are having nightmares.  When newscasters and Senators and Hollywood stars are regularly calling one another up to ask who their friends used as a PCO, then we’ll see some action.

1 Bugalina March 10, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Bed bugs are the first cousins of Bat Bugs…Bat Bugs hang out in caves and suck blood from Bats…these first cousins have adapted themselves , having left the caves , they are now crawling into OUR BEDS…to suck our blood…This is fact..not fiction..This should be more than enough to justify the horror of bed bug infestation. As hellish as bed bugs are, the government still refuses to acknowledge how damaging this bug is…and much of the media remains ignorant…

2 Marie Phetteplace July 5, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Jan.A year ago I stayed in a hotel and woke up to bed bugs ,scabies and it took me 6 months of teating myself for scabies to get better.I still have a fear of hotels and sleep with all the lights on even after checking all the room out.People don’t realize how it affects you.

3 nobugsonme July 5, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Bed bugs and scabies are very different problems. Are you saying you got both at once?

4 Marie Phetteplace July 5, 2007 at 4:09 pm


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