Lawrence hotel closes two rooms because of bed bugs

A Lawrence hotel recently closed two rooms to the public because of a bed-bug infestation.

The University Inn and Suites, 2309 Iowa St., closed two rooms after a health code investigation by the Kansas Department of Agriculture found dead bed bugs in the box springs of rooms on the fourth and fifth floors.

After a Dec. 19 inspection, the owners of the hotel voluntarily closed the two rooms to the public, according to the inspection notes. The 99-room hotel is currently listed as out of compliance with the state’s health code standards.

Jessica Danielson, general manager for the hotel, said the two rooms were recently treated for bed bugs and are still closed to the public.

Bed bugs are small, brown insects that feed on human blood and can be difficult to eradicate.

One of the rooms is ready for follow-up state inspection, but the other was found to still have evidence of bugs after the initial treatment. Another treatment for the room is scheduled, she said.

The rooms will remain closed to the public until the state conducts a follow-up inspection and gives the hotel clearance to reopen them.

University Inn and Suites Lawrence


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