JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville woman says she stayed at the Motel 6 on Dunn Avenue last weekend and had to take her kids to the hospital right after her stay.
Cearia Washington-Sanders said she found bed bugs had bitten them, causing infection.
“It was a horrific experience,” she said.
Washington-Sanders checked into the Motel 6 on Dunn Avenue because the air conditioning at her house was broken.
"My daughter got up in the morning and her eye was really swollen,” she said. “It was almost swollen shut and I noticed she had a trail of bites from behind her ear leading around her face to her eye.”
She took her kids to the hospital with bites all over their arms, legs, and chest.
"They were just bitten up in a lot of different places,” Washington-Sanders said.
Documents from St. Vincent's Medical Center show the bed bug bites caused infection. She said she had to throw away the clothes they brought to avoid spreading.
"It makes me never want to stay in any hotel again,” she said.
How can you detect if the hotel you're staying at has bed bugs?
Before you book your next vacation, check out the Florida Department of Health’s website where you can search all the prior complaints and inspections at a hotel.
The Motel 6 on Dunn Avenue had 5 complaints in 2018. Their last inspection was in December.
None of their violations include bed bugs.
Paperwork shows Motel 6 managers refunded Washington the money she spent on the room.
The general manager at Motel 6 told First Coast News everything was taken care of. She showed us paperwork that they had Terminix come by the hotel. The report from Terminix said no bed bugs were found in Washington-Sanders room. However, previous invoices with Terminix show they treated at least three other rooms with bed bugs since April.
"Check for the signs of bed bugs,” said Washington-Sanders.
Make sure you pull the covers back when you go into a hotel room and check for any moving brown dots. If you start to feel uncomfortably itchy, don't stay there.
You can find more resources here: http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/indoor-air-quality/apartments-lodging.html.html