Bizarre bed bug news story: dead bed bugs found, news at 11

by nobugsonme on August 19, 2011 · 4 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in hotels

This was just too strange a bed bug news story to pass up.

Arkansas Television Company news site 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.

1 Ci Lecto August 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Yes, Onion-esque. Could it be that the media assign their rookies to the “bed bug” beat? Or, was this just a way for a local station to promote the PCO’s work?

2 NotSoSnug August 20, 2011 at 3:08 am

It could be there was a naive concern for residual pesticide but this was missed in the “reporting”. More like a game show script than a news report, it left way more questions than answers.

3 CarpathianPeasant August 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

All right now, it says:

“The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting….” That’s the key element. The people of the state are hereby advised that reports of bugs there were valid, but the bugs there are now all dead, so forget it.

You start with the idea that people are a bit leery about the place to begin with for various reasons, like “it’s haunted.” And, that also makes it a curiosity to others from far away. So, it’s a topic of conversation. In addition, some people don’t accept such unscientific notions and want to know what else might be going on. So, if there are going to be whispers or studies about the place, scratch off bed bugs (at least for the time being).

Given an online speaking acquaintance in Little Rock with some media contacts, I can maybe find out something if this is a very, very important matter or if my reasoning about the report is deemed utterly groundless. 🙂

4 TheAllergyGuy August 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

@Ci Lecto Sounds like you hit it on the head. Probably rookies trying to earn their stripes with not much else to report on. This reads like a big DUH!

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