A mother travelling with her children says she had a skin-crawling experience at a Texas hotel over the weekend, claiming she was greeted by dozens of bedbugs covering the bed, headboard and beyond after entered her room.
Kali Powell, who was travelling with her two young children, called the incident “traumatising”, Fox News reported.
“It was the most nasty thing. They were big, they were little. There was blood on the sheets. That was from when we were flipping the sheets, and bugs were crushed by the sheets,” Ms Powell told San Antonio’s WOAI News, sharing mobile phone footage of the insects inside her room at Drury Inn and Suites in Stone Oak, San Antonio.
Ms Powell said her two children had already fallen asleep before she noticed the bloodsucking insects.
“Poor kids were laying in the beds with these things crawling all over eating away at them. I have never dealt with this ever in my life,” she warned in a Facebook post early on Saturday, local time.
Panicked, the mum contacted the hotel’s assistant manager and was transferred to another room that she was assured was bug-free. However, Ms Powell couldn’t help but wonder if she carried any critters over with her.
In a post online, she advised others staying at the hotel to monitor the room for any potential signs of a “nasty infestation”.
“I surely hope all previous occupants are notified in order for them to take the necessary measures to treat their homes from this nuisance of a pest,” she added in the post, which included her room number.
After the ordeal, Ms Powell said she would recommend everyone double-check furniture occasionally — whether you’re at a hotel or at home.
“There’s always time to look at the mattresses and bedding,” she said. “I would never want to relive this.”
Drury Hotels confirmed they were contacted about the incident and stressed that the “safety and comfort” of guests is their “top priority”.
“No hotel can prevent bedbugs from being introduced, but we are extremely vigilant and take proactive steps to check on a daily basis and treat any issues as soon as they are discovered,” a spokesperson for the hotel chain told WOAI.
“We are currently treating one room in our hotel. Surrounding rooms and areas have been thoroughly inspected and no evidence of bedbugs has been detected. Upon finding out about the incident, we immediately moved the guest to another room and did not charge for the stay.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience this caused our guest.”
Drury Hotels did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for further comment.
When it comes to bedbugs, experts say they can turn up anywhere regardless of a lodging destination’s “existing sanitary conditions”.
“Bedbug infestations can occur in the most expensive hotels, multimillion-dollar estates as well as homeless shelters and everything in between, regardless of the existing sanitary conditions. In order for a bedbug infestation to begin they must be introduced by bringing bugs from an infested environment and introducing them to a previously un-infested one,” Bed Bug Central explains on its website.
Bedbugs do not transmit diseases, but their bites can lead to itching, skin infections and allergic reactions. Anyone who notices signs of an allergic reaction should seek medical attention, health authorities advise.
This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission