Bedbugs Were Just Reported at More Las Vegas Strip Hotels

Travel nightmares recently came to life at these popular hotels.

The Las Vegas Strip is still hosting very unwelcome guests at some of its most popular hotels. In a new report from 8 News Now published on February 19, 2024, bedbugs have been reported at four Las Vegas hotels in the past five months. Between September 2023 and January 2024, the Southern Nevada Health District reported finding bedbugs in guest rooms at Encore, the Venetian, Mirage, and Excalibur Hotel and Casino.

"With approximately 155,000 hotel rooms and 41 million annual visitors, four rooms impacted over a nearly five-month period that generated millions of room nights shows these are extremely rare and isolated occurrences," the Nevada Resort Association said in a statement to 8 News Now.

Back in August 2023, Southern Nevada Health District records obtained by 8 News Now revealed that seven hotels in Las Vegas had bedbugs over the previous year and a half. The bedbugs were discovered via complaints that prompted inspections at the properties. Two months later, additional reporting from the news station revealed that two additional Vegas Strip hotels have had bedbugs on their properties in recent years.

The seven hotels initially named in the records were Circus Circus, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Palazzo, Tropicana, MGM Grand, and Sahara. The additional two hotels named in the recent report were the Venetian and` Park MGM, where bedbugs were reported and confirmed in July and August, respectively.

"The minute number of incidents reflects the comprehensive and proactive health and safety measures and pest-control procedures Las Vegas resorts have in place to prevent and address issues," the Nevada Resort Association statement continues. "Unfortunately, these pests can be transported anywhere unwittingly in luggage and clothing. While incredibly rare, when reported our members take swift action in accordance with health and safety requirements. Guests are immediately relocated, and the room is taken out of service for extensive cleaning and extermination to eradicate any pests.”

The volume of guests that Las Vegas receives, especially after hosting major events like BravoCon, a Formula 1 race, and the Super Bowl, make it pretty unsurprising that there are relatively regular reports of bedbugs at these super large and very popular resorts and hotels—it's pretty much inevitable. Still, this feels like the kind of news that in the 20th century, Fredo and Michael Corleone would have been bribing officials to keep quiet about. Nothing makes my skin crawl quite like the idea of sleeping in a bed full of bugs that can lay five eggs a day and ingest up to seven times their own body weight in blood.

Unfortunately, the report of these bedbug cases is not a rare occurrence for hotels. Besides single-family homes and apartments, hotels are the third most likely place to find bedbugs. Nowhere has that more evident than in the recent bedbug outbreak in Paris—where the problem grew so out of control that the public health minister has had to issue a statement on it. Pest control officials say that summer is generally the busiest time for bedbug activity—meaning the likelihood of encountering them is even higher during those popular vacation months.

In 2023, Orkin reported that the nation's top three cities for bedbug infestations were Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, while Las Vegas didn't even land among the ranking's top 50. That means Las Vegas is doing an excellent job of keeping their bedbug issues off the record or, more likely, that bedbugs are a universal issue and Vegas—even with all of its tourists—actually has a relatively firm handle on the situation.

"Bedbugs are extremely resilient, making them difficult to control. As people begin to ramp up their travel plans this year, it's important they know how to protect themselves through pest identification and proper control," said Ben Hottel, Orkin entomologist, in a statement about the annual bedbug ranking. "Contrary to popular belief, bedbugs are visible to the naked eye, but are excellent at hiding. Involving a trained professional at the sight of a bedbug introduction is recommended."

For tips on how to best protect yourself from bedbugs on your next vacation, this viral TikTok has some essential information, and we've got expert commentary on how to keep your luggage bedbug free. Add even more armor to your anti-pest arsenal by learning how to identify bedbugs with our guide on all things related to the horrible little creatures.

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Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Journalism from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She's worked in digital media for eight years, and before working at Thrillist, she wrote for Mic, The Cut, The Fader, Vice, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.