Health officials' interest piqued over bedbug claims at Indy hotel
Hotel owner: Claims 'blown out of proportion'
Last Updated: 70 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A story by RTV6 this week is getting the attention of Marion County health officials. We spoke with guests at a northwest-side hotel who said bedbugs destroyed a big weekend celebration.
While bedbugs don’t spread disease, they cause painful sores from biting. You can find them in the best and worst hotels, hospitals and even in your home. They’re nasty blood-sucking bugs that turned into weekend party crashers recently.
That party was at Caribbean Cove Waterpark and Hotel at the intersection of Interstate 465 North and U.S. 421/Michigan Road. Many parents know it by sight as the hotel with tons of different-colored water slides exiting and entering the pool area of the building.
A big group of parents, kids and teenagers were celebrating two birthday parties when they said they became a feast for bedbugs.
“My two little boys, Kevi and JJ, they were complaining that their backs hurt,” Parent and hotel guest Rhonda Gonzalez. “And on their backs, they have these bites."
Gonzalez said she and other parents were occupying eight rooms over this past weekend at the hotel. She said they informed the staff of the bedbugs, and the staff then moved them to other rooms. Gonzalez said those rooms were also infested with bedbugs.
The parents recorded video where it even appears that someone caught one in a plastic cup.
And it appears other people claiming to be former guests of the hotel have taken identical complaints to the Internet in reviews of Caribbean Cove, warning of their brushes with bed bugs.
County health officials also saw our story Sunday night and contacted the hotel, which said it’s working to eliminate the bedbugs. The health department inspects hotels and motels for bedbugs and can fine owners, but try to work with them first to get rid of the pests.
Most hotels have bedbug management programs, but health officials had this advice for guests:
“They should put you in another room, close off the room that has a potential problem and do a thorough investigation,” Marion County Health Department spokeswoman Karla Johnson said.
The executive vice president of Allied Hospitality, which owns the hotel, said the hotel does do that. They also use exterminators every week and whenever guests spot insects. The executive VP said claims of bedbug problems at the property have “been blown out of proportion” and that the hotel will cooperate with health officials to solve any problems.
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