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Bed Bug Registry Complaints still on the rise in Las Vegas for 2011
Posted At: July 29, 2013 11:56 AM | Posted By : admin
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DESPITE PROACTIVE MEASURES BEING MADE BY SOME HOTELS IN LAS VEGAS, BED BUG REGISTRY AND TRIP ADVISOR COMPLAINTS CONTINUE TO RISE.  As with the rest of the country, bed bugs are becoming a major concern to residents and visitors in Las Vegas.

July 29, 2013:  280
September 20, 2012:  263
July 24, 2012:  256
April 23, 2012:  245
March 12, 2012:  240
January 18, 2012:  233
August 15, 2011:  203
July 14, 2011:  188
May 19, 2011:  169
March 14, 2011:  162
January 31, 2011:  151
November 15, 2010:  134
November 7, 2010:  130
November 6, 2010:  129
October 31, 2010:  125
October 5, 2010:  116
September 22, 2010: 111

When reading online reviews on the Bed Bug Registry, that although they may be valid complaints, as with on complaints posted on Trip Advisor, the site owner does not validate complaints.

Properties with bed bug complaints can post a response stating how they handled the complaint or they can even dispute the claim.   The Wynn has posted a response as to how they are handling the bed bug epidemic.  In their statement they are using bed bug detection sniffing dogs.  Las Vegas hotels, motels and apartment complexes do not bring in bed bugs.  Bed bugs are hitchhikers and are often brought in by unsuspecting guests on personal belongings.  Once bed bugs are introduced into a room, if they are not detected and fully eliminated the next guest could become a bed bug victim.
A note from K-9 Sweeps LLC:  K-9 Sweeps provides bed bug dog inspections, remediation, training and consulting for hotels and commercial facilities in Las Vegas and Henderson.  Customer confidentiality is a necessity and we pledge to remain discreet.  It is becoming a standard practice that hotels who are proactive in the fight against bed bugs are receiving more online reviews and are gaining a larger recurring customer base than those hotels who do not take a proactive stance.  The keys to fending off bed bug infestations are knowledge, early detection and a proper remediation program.

September 6, 2010:  Channel 8 News Now in Las Vegas reported that 41 hotels and motels in Las Vegas are currently listed on the Bed Bug Registry.  The article did not mention Las Vegas apartments that have complaints, yet their are 30+ also listed on the site.  Some of the addresses listed under apartments are actually hotel/motel properties, posted under the wrong category.  As public awareness about bed bugs grows, it appears that travelers's are not just posting bed bug claims on TripAdvisor anymore, but have found the Bed Bug Registry to lodge their bed bug complaints.

If you are unfamiliar with the Bed Bug Registry, here's an entry that was recently posted by the site's creator on the Bed Bug Registry's blog:

Helping Responsible Hotels
posted Aug 27, 2010

"One of the toughest aspects of running the site is dealing with cases where a hotel has received a bedbug report from a guest and dealt with it promptly and effectively (by calling in experienced pest controllers, treating adjacent rooms, and helping the guest make sure their belongings are properly treated before returning home, for instance by drying them on high heat).

Hotels understandably hate to be listed on this website, and I hate to feel like we're punishing people who act promptly and responsibly to address bedbug complaints. At the same time, I believe it's very important to publicize the extent of the bedbug problem afflicting the US, and the fact that you can really come across them anywhere. So I encourage management and guests to write about the positive outcome, but I don't remove the posts from the site.

For what it's worth, in my travels I would much prefer to stay in a hotel that I knew had a sound bedbug policy and trained staff, and had dealt with complaints promptly, then take my chances in a place I know nothing about. We're approaching the point where there won't be such a thing as a hotel that's never had a bedbug encounter."

Even if the hotel has a protocol in place for bed bugs, you should make it a point to check your room for bed bugs before bringing your belongings into the room.  You can check the bed bug registry to see if there are any bed bugs in Las Vegas Hotels.  You can check with the hotel management and ask what there bed bug protocol is prior to reserving your room and again upon check-in. You need to remember that hotels do not bring in bed bugs, guests' do.  But hotels do need to get rid of the bed bugs once a problem is confirmed.  Whether the hotel uses bed bug dog team inspections (to confirm where bed bugs are before they become a full-blown infesation), vacuuming and steaming, heat to kill the bed bugs, traditional methods of pesticides; cryonite, encasements, or a combination of methods, hotels need tackle this ever-growing problem proactively, effectively and efficiently.

Bed bug dog teams' are also highly beneficial to confirm that all bed bugs have been eliminated by the contracted pest control company after the chosen treatment method is performed and before re-opening the room to the next unsuspecting guest.

By utilizing the programs and/or services provided by K-9 Sweeps LLC and also by engaging in proactive bed bug dog team sweeps, K-9 Sweeps LLC will continue to help make sure that Las Vegas remains a popular and "bed bug free" tourist destination and that Las Vegas does not become the bed bug central of the United States.

K-9 Sweeps LLC can be reached at 702-586-5179.

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