Bedbug mentions increase 11% this year on TripAdvisor

UNITED STATES Bedbugs are showing up with increasing frequency in hotels of all stripes, and guests are noticing.

In user-generated reviews posted on TripAdvisor for hotels in the United States, bedbugs are being mentioned about 11% more often this year than last year, according to an analysis by the website.

Public panic about the pests reached a crescendo this week, when pop singer Lauren Hildebrandt told the world that she had been bitten by the bloodsucking bugs while staying at a luxury hotel in New York City.