Bed Bug Infestations Rattle Las Vegas Hotels Amid Tourism Influx


Over the next four months, the bustling Las Vegas Strip is set to host an influx of hundreds of thousands of tourists, all eager to partake in the thrill of the Super Bowl and the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix. However, an unforeseen menace preoccupies hotel operators, casting a pall of worry across the city. Recent media reports of bed bug infestations in nine prominent Las Vegas hotels could not have been timed more inconveniently.

The damning revelation came from KLAS-TV/Las Vegas, which obtained records from the Southern Nevada Health District detailing the unsettling presence of these pests in two additional Strip Resort Hotels over the summer. Prior to this, an article published by on Aug. 12, had already blown the lid off similar findings in seven Las Vegas hotels: Circus Circus, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, The Palazzo, Tropicana, MGM Grand, and Sahara. Adding to this list, disturbing reports of bed bug sightings at The Venetian and Park MGM, now bring the grim total to nine.

With the health department reports confirming the unwelcome guests, attempts to receive commentary from The Venetian and Park MGM yielded no response. When approached, Tropicana and the Sahara were the only two among the original seven resorts implicated who issued statements assuring stringent measures are in place to address such issues and uphold the welfare of guests.

A visit to Las Vegas is undoubtedly an experience that captures the public’s imagination. However, visitors must remain vigilant to avoid turning their dream trip into a nightmare. Upon entering a hotel room, before even inspecting the bed, store your luggage in the bathtub without unzipping it. Regular checks on mattresses, bedding, and couches for signs of the flat, reddish-brown insect, typically measuring between 1 mm to 7 mm, are recommended. Remember, a bed bug infestation is not necessarily a testament to a room’s cleanliness; it could be traced back to previous visitors from regions where bed bugs are prevalent. If any suspicions are raised, the Southern Nevada Health District recommends reporting them immediately to the front desk.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.


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