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NASCAR fans find bedbug infestation in hotel room

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LaQuinta Inn and Suites on Alliant Avenue LaQuinta Inn and Suites on Alliant Avenue
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Source: James Nicholas Source: James Nicholas
Source: James Nicholas Source: James Nicholas

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It has been a travel nightmare for an Alabama couple in town for this weekend's NASCAR race. They told us they found bedbugs crawling around in their bed at their Louisville hotel. 

When we called the LaQuinta Inn and Suites on Alliant Avenue off Blankenbaker Parkway, the front desk confirmed bedbugs in one room. A corporate spokeswoman didn't return our call and e-mail, but the guests in that room had plenty to say. 

James and Joanna Nicholas say they checked in at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tuesday night. Joanna woke up Wednesday morning with a blood thirsty biter on her arm. 

"On the top side of the bed you didn't see anything, but when we took off all the sheets and pushed the mattress off that's where we found them underneath the mattress," James Nicholas said. 

James says right away he called the corporate office in Texas but was referred back to the front desk in Louisville. 

"It was back and forth arguing. We want to go to the different hotel. In the back of your mind, if the bugs are in one room, probably in others," he said. 

In the end, they got their first night free, moved to another room and planned to check into another LaQuinta near the airport Thursday morning. 

The LaQuinta Inn is not the only hotel in Louisville that has received complaints of being infested with bedbugs. The Bedbug Registry lists 25 hotels in the metro where bedbugs have been reported. 

[The Bedbug Registry]

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