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Bed bugs: Bad dreams, bad publicity, and bad for business

publication date: Mar 28, 2005
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Thought to be mostly eradicated in the United States after World War II, bed bugs are back; and they conjure bad dreams for both travelers and hoteliers. Despite the itching and inflammation they bring as a parasite, no one has ever died from a bed bug bite. Bed bugs do not transmit disease, but they do spell bad news.

These bugs can and have killed hotels’ reputations, as well as their economic stability. On an almost biannual basis, it seems that first-hand accounts of bed bug horrors are relived and retold by afflicted hotel guests on television news shows such as 20/20, Primetime, and Dateline. In the last several years alone, there has been a 500% percent increase in bed bugs in America.

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