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Former Employees Claim Grove City Super 8 Infested With Bed Bugs

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UPDATE: The owner of the Grove City Super 8 Hotel tells NBC4 his side of the story as city officials inspect the hotel. Read More

 


Two former employees of the Grove City Super 8 Hotel want people to know that the budget friendly hotel is dealing with a serious bed bug infestation.

 

"Not only is the hotel infested with bed bugs, the owner until recently refused to call an exterminator to get rid of the bugs," said Sammia Jallaq.

Jallaq and former assistant manager Stephanie Stover said that when treatments for one room reached $250, the hotels owner, Mahesh Nichani, turned to a self treatment, forcing his employees to deal with the problem.

Both women started working at the hotel in early May and noticed the problem almost immediately.

"It was like three days. They were in the lobby, and that's when I confronted the owner's wife. And she said show me," said Stover. "Three rooms in one week turned to 12 rooms. He made up apply a pesticide called DE and refused to throw away the linens, mattresses and other items in the room."

Bed bugs are not new to Columbus. In fact, pest control companies, such as Orkin and Terminix, rank Columbus in the "Top 10 Most Infested Bed Bug Cities" in their annual surveys. In most cases, guests carry bed bugs into hotel unknowingly, in infested luggage, blankets, clothing and pillows. Hotels with high occupancy turnover have difficulty dealing with the problem.

NBC4 contacted the Super 8 Hotel, which is located at 1900 Stringtown Road. A woman named Neeru admitted they were fighting a bed bug infestation in 10 rooms. She showed NBC4 invoices for treatments by Abell Pest Control, which were dated June 18, 2013.

"They treated 10? No, there's more than 10 rooms in that hotel that has bed bugs. I know for a fact that there are," said Stover.

NBC4 contacted code enforcement officers with Grove City. Mike Boso, chief building official, said they have not received any complaints about bed bugs at the Super 8. But because of NBC4's investigation, they planned to inspect the property Thursday afternoon.

"The owner has three other hotels and is running them the same. What he's doing is illegal and wrong! He's taking advantage of innocent helpless people," said Jallaq.

Two former employees of the Grove City Super 8 Hotel want people to know that the budget friendly hotel is dealing with a serious bed bug infestation.

 

"Not only is the hotel infested with bed bugs, the owner until recently refused to call an exterminator to get rid of the bugs," said Sammia Jallaq.

 

Jallaq and former assistant manager Stephanie Stover said when treatments for one room reached $250, the hotels owner, Mahesh Nichani, turned to a self treatment, forcing his employees to deal with the problem.

 

Both women started working at the hotel in early May and noticed the problem almost immediately.

 

"It was like three days. They were in the lobby. And that's when I confronted the owner's wife. And she said show me," said Stephanie. "Three rooms in one week turned to 12 rooms. He made up apply a pesticide called DE and refused to throw away the linens, mattresses and other items in the room," said Stephanie. "

 

Bed bugs are not new to Columbus. In fact, pest control companies, such as Orkin and Terminix, rank Columbus in the "Top 10 Most Infested Bed Bug Cities" in their annual surveys. In most cases, guests carry bed bugs into hotel unknowingly, in infested luggage, blankets, clothing and pillows. Hotels with high occupancy turnover have difficulty dealing with the problem.

 

NBC4 contacted the Super 8 Hotel, which is located at 1900 Stringtown Road. A woman named Neeru admitted they were fighting a bed bug infestation in 10 rooms. She showed us invoices for treatments by Abell Pest Control which were dated June 18, 2013.

 

"They treated 10? No, there's more than 10 rooms in that hotel that has bed bugs. I know for a fact that there are," said Stephanie.

 

NBC4 contacted code enforcement officers with Grove City. Mike Boso, Chief Building Official, said they have not received any complaints about bed bugs at the Super 8. But because of NBC4's investigation, they planned to inspect the property Thursday afternoon.

 

"The owner has three other hotels and is running them the same. What he's doing is illegal and wrong! He's taking advantage of innocent helpless people," said Sammia.

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