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Bedbugs Biting in San Diego


By Lori Weisberg, The San Diego Union-Tribune
September 20, 2010

As seasoned travelers, they are among the most feared and reviled in the hospitality industry, mounting their stealth attacks on unsuspecting hotel guests in the middle of the night and scurrying away to their hiding places before the light of day.

They are the dreaded bedbug, and while these pernicious pests are not known to carry any disease, their growing presence is fueling heightened anxiety among not only the traveling public but also hoteliers fearful of the bugs sullying their good reputations.

Although there is no formal process for documenting bedbug infestations, pest control companies report their numbers are multiplying rapidly across the country, especially in more populous areas and tourist destinations like San Diego that are more vulnerable to the tiny travelers.

Photo David Brooks
Ricky Munoz, a technician with Terminix, holds a mattress for service manager Kyle Mullin as he sprays frozen carbon dioxide to kill any bed bugs that may be present.

Not only must local hotels combat the stigma of suspected bedbugs (especially when they’re outed online), but they also face hefty costs in eradicating the resilient critters, which rely on human blood for their sustenance.


Contact:

Lori Weisberg, Staff Writer
San Diego Union-Tribune
350 Camino de la Reina
San Diego, CA  92102
619-293-2251
lori.weisberg@uniontrib.com


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