A guest at the upscale Ritz-Carlton New York on Central Park South in New York recently reported bed bugs in her room.
The guest checked out and even provided a specimen of the bug to hotel management.
A room at the luxurious Ritz can run anywhere from $695 to $4,500 for a suite, proof that bed bugs are not associated with filthy, dilapidated buildings. Bed bugs can thrive in any environment and are skilled hitch hikers.
“Bedbugs are inevitable,” said Scott Geraghty, the hotel’s general manager. “They’re brought in by guests and come in on luggage or things of that nature.”
The guest, Ms. Polanco, expressed concern after finding the bugs in her room. “I haven’t checked my house,” she said. “I don’t know how to inspect my house.”
If you suspect that you may have bed bugs in your home, Protect-A-Bed has a helpful guide on where to look that can be found online. Protecting your mattresses and box springs with encasements can also help protect your sleep zone and stop bed bugs from moving quickly to other locations in your home.