Kansas state inspectors will no longer be inspecting hotels across the state for violations ranging from pool depths, mildew, stained sheets and bed bug infestations. With many of the states across the country having trouble paying for government programs, hotel inspections may be on the chopping block at least for now.
The state announced that day it was suspending its lodging inspection program because of budget cuts.
In Kansas today, no government agency is working to ensure that hotel rooms are free of bed bugs, showers are free of mildew, evacuation routes are conspicuously posted, and drinking glasses are properly prepackaged.
“This is the painful reality of our current economic climate,” Josh Svaty, acting agriculture secretary, said in a news release issued that day.
The lack of state inspectors could create the perfect storm for bed bugs as hotel management will have less incentives to treat bed bug infestations leading to an even larger problem. Guests will also have no one to turn in reporting hotel safety issues. Bed bugs are at an all time high and if state hotel inspection agencies cease to exist, we will most likely see more bed bugs hitching a ride home with guests.