The Rio Las Vegas, an all-suite hotel and casino located just west of the Las Vegas strip has been named in a bedbug lawsuit.
The bedbug lawsuit against the Rio filed by Jennifer Haynes, according to 13 Action News, claims that she was severely bitten by bedbugs in 2011, when she visiting Las Vegas for SEMA show.
Haynes said that she already switched rooms once, at her request, due to an odor in the hotel room.
She claims that she told the front desk staff at the Rio that she has been bitten and wanted another hotel room.
She said she was told that they do not have bedbugs and that no other rooms were available.
The video below of an interview with Haynes shows photos of her with hundreds of bedbug bites that she says occurred in the hotel room.
Haynes ended up checking out of the hotel and visiting a doctor.
She was given medication and left to go back to her home in Southern California.
Ultimately her symptoms worsened because she suffered an allergic reaction to the bedbug bites and was hospitalized.
Her brother and father who were traveling with her are also parties to the lawsuit.
Websites such as TripAdvisor and The Bedbug Registry have postings from guests claiming they stayed in rooms at the Rio that were infested with bedbugs or had signs of an infestation such as blood on pillows, sheets and walls.
Bedbugs are a growing problem throughout the US.
Pesticides that are effective in eradicating bedbugs have long since been banned because of their toxicity.
In addition to the health problems that bedbugs pose, including the allergic reaction alleged in the Haynes lawsuit, bedbugs can be brought back to the residence of travelers costing thousands of dollars for a professional to eradicate the home of bedbugs.
If a settlement is not reached, the bedbug lawsuit filed against the Rio Las Vegas could go to trial in 2014.