Bed bugs at complaints at Cleveland hotels

A NewsChannel 5 Investigation uncovered dozens of complaints about bed bugs at hotels and motels in Cuyahoga County over the last two years.

NewsChannel 5 Investigators found guests at two dozen hotels and motels filed complaints after seeing dead bugs or being bitten.

The Economy Inn and Suites on Lorain Road in North Olmsted had the most complaints. Seven guests have complained to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health about bed bugs since 2013.

A manager declined an interview request from NewsChannel 5 Investigators Wednesday.

Joe Lynch, Program Manager at Cuyahoga County Board of Health, said bed bugs are more common at hotel and motels because the bugs are "hitchhikers" and can easily attach themselves to a guest's luggage. 

Approximately 50,000 visitors are expected to need hotels when Cleveland hosts the Republican National Convention in July 2016.

We asked Destination Cleveland, the local tourism bureau, how they will help ensure guests rooms are safe and clean, but no one was available for comment Wednesday.

Lynch said Cleveland remains one of the top ten cities in the nation when it comes to bed bug complaints.


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