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Bedbugs reported in some of New York's top hotels

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

If you thought American Horror Story: Hotel was scary just wait until you hear these statistics.

A new report from the Bedbug Registry, a national database of bedbug complaints, says that sightings of the bloodthirsty critters in New York hotels jumped a horrifying 44% between 2014 and 2015. We officially have nowhere left to hide.

It’s not just cheap hostels and pay-by-the-hour motels that have seen significant upticks in bedbug sightings either. Some of New York’s most well known hotels have been hit with complaints regarding the ubiquitous pests, including the Waldorf Astoria, the Millennium Hilton and the New York Marriot Marquis.

Of the 272 members of the Hotel Association of New York City, 65 percent have had a guest file a bedbug complaint on the property. 

“Bedbugs are a global issue that extend beyond hotels,” Lisa Linden, a spokesperson for the hotel association told the Daily News. “Every member of the Hotel Association of NYC that we are aware of has an active anti-bedbug program in place. If a problem arises, it is dealt with immediately and effectively." 

Experts say there's been a major resurgence in bedbugs over the last two decades as they become increasingly resistant to insecticides.  Just last week, however, scientists announced that they’d managed to map the insect’s complete genome, which will hopefully lead to more powerful insecticides.

There’s hope for us yet.

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