Bedbugs, usually thought of as an American nuisance, are driving Parisians crazy with their appearance in hotels.
The pests, known as punaises de lit in France, are causing financial losses upwards of millions of euros for business owners in the French capital.
One Paris hotel group conceded that even ritzy hotels are falling victim to the pests — and the problem is worsening.
“It’s traumatizing hotel managers. We talk about it among ourselves, but timidly,” Jean-Marc D’Orx, the general president of a French hotel union, told Le Parisien. “The hotelier is a victim in this kind of case. It’s not that the hotel is dirty, but it has welcomed people who have brought the bedbugs with them.”
The number of reported bedbug cases in the nation has ballooned from 180,000 to 4000,000 in two short years, reported The Local.
And in 2018, there were 100,000 bedbug infestations just in Paris alone, according to the French Union for Pest Control.
Fearing massive financial losses and bad reputations, hotel managers also must shutter their establishments until the arrival of new beds and pest controls carry out inspections.
Bedbugs, usually only just 7 millimeters long, crave human blood. Bites can result in allergic reactions, skin rashes, and in some cases, psychological trauma.
One TripAdvisor commenter, who allegedly stayed at a Paris hotel in November, stated, “Bedbugs, no handling of the matter and no treatment. You’re better off sleeping in your car.”