ASSIGNMENT 13: Bed bugs uncovered at local hotels

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Bed bugs can be a nightmare for those who have them.

And WEAU 13 News has pulled health inspection reports that show the pests continue to pop up in the Chippewa Valley.

The Assignment 13 team first looked into bed bugs in Eau Claire hotels in 2011.

The investigation started in October of that year when guests at the Baymont Inn complained of seeing the bothersome bugs in their room.

WEAU then uncovered similar complaints at the Days Inn and Rodeway Inn.

How many new reports have there been since then?

After pulling health inspection reports of area hotels for 2012, the Assignment 13 team found three new reports of bed bugs at hotels in Eau Claire County.

An inspection report said in July, 2012, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department discovered a bed bug in one of the rooms at the Days Inn.

And the bug had friends, cockroaches found in two neighboring rooms.

Jump to October in Altoona at the Evenox Motel.

The health department got a complaint of bed bugs, some dead and some living showing up in two rooms.

Inspectors later found the blood-sucking pests had moved into a third room.

The most recent report comes from last December at the Country Inn and Suites in Eau Claire.

A complaint led health inspectors to two rooms which they say had bed bugs.

The general manager of the Country Inn didn't want to go on camera, but said hotel staff takes bed bugs very seriously and the bugs most likely came from guests.

He said the insects were quickly removed and staff now checks for bed bugs daily.

Health reports show that bed bugs at the Evenox Motel and Days Inn were also taken care of after the inspections.

The director of the City-County Health Department said any person or hotel can get bed bugs, and just because they have them doesn't mean they're not clean.

The owner of the Evenox Motel did not return a message for comment.

WEAU heard back from the Days Inn after our 6 p.m. broadcast Wednesday.

The general manager said the bed bugs were quickly removed from the location.

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