Hotels in the Atlanta area have received 113 bed bug reviews in 2021 so far, an 18.9 percent increase from the 95 reviews posted in 2020. What is alarming about this is the sharp increase in bed bugs in the last ten years. The study was compiled by Pest Strategies after compiling reviews from the top hotel review sites.
These hotels received the most complaints for bed bugs on hotel review sites for Atlanta. Source: peststrategies.com
#1. Days Inn by Wyndham College Park Airport Best Road
4505 Best Rd. | College Park, Ga.
First up on our list is the Days Inn by Wyndham College Park Airport Best Road, a 2-star hotel with one too many bed bug reviews. Located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in College Park, they've received a total of 30 complaints
#2. Howard Johnson by Wyndham Atlanta Airport/College Park
1551 Phoenix Blvd. | College Park, Ga.
The Howard Johnson by Wyndham Atlanta Airport/College Park is a 3-star hotel that received 11 online bed bug complaints since 2020, which is 50 percent of its all-time bed bug reviews in less than two years. There were 22 complaints in total.
#3. Super 8 by Wyndham Austell/Six Flags
7377 Six Flags Dr. | Austell, Ga.
Super 8 by Wyndham Austell/Six Flags is a 2-star hotel located in Austell, near Six Flags Over Georgia. But while this particular Super 8 touts a good reputation for easy park access and pet-friendly accommodations, it ranks third after getting 14 online bed bug reviews since 2018.
#4. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Atlanta Airport North
1200 Virginia Ave. | Atlanta, Ga.
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Atlanta Airport North is a popular stay for travelers who prize affordability and a laid-back atmosphere. Unfortunately, the 2-star hotel received the most online bed bug reviews of all Atlanta hotels in 2021, earning its position at the No. 4 spot.
#5. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Atlanta Downtown
759 Pollard Blvd. SW | Atlanta, Ga.
The Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Atlanta Downtown is located in Downtown Atlanta and received 10 total complaints.
Bed bugs typically hide in the crevices of mattresses, pillows, sheets, blankets, etc. and are commonly mistaken for fleas, ticks and even baby cockroaches. They can live 6 to 9 months without having feasting on blood. The worst part is that if you pick them up at a hotel they can easily cling to clothing or stow away in your luggage and you can bring the home.
If you are staying in a hotel and are concerned about bed bugs you can look for them before you settle in. Pull back the sheets and look closely at them. Do you see any small bugs like look like fleas or ticks? You might also see stains from where they have left shedding or even blood from a squashed bug. There may even be a buggy sort of odor.