KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A family says their Central Florida vacation was ruined by a bed bug infestation in their room at the Oak Plantation Resort in Kissimmee, and now state inspectors are investigating.
Local 6 spoke to Christina Streble via Skype from Louisville, Kentucky.
"It's a nightmare," Streble said. "The kids have a hard time sleeping because they keep thinking something is crawling on them."
The family stayed at the resort from June 13 to June 19. While they were busy visiting the theme parks, they noticed bites they thought at first were mosquitoes.
But after a couple days, as more bites popped up, they pulled the sheets off the bed in their room and found bed bugs on the sheets.
"We counted 266 bites on my oldest daughter and 125 bites on my middle child. They were red and inflamed," Streble said.
The mother of four children said when her husband alerted management about the problem, nothing was done.
They cut their vacation short and drove home to Louisville. When they saw a doctor, Streble said it was the worse case he'd ever seen.
Inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation came to the resort Thursday and confirmed bed bugs were found in at least two units, including the one the family stayed in.
The resort has until July 14 to get rid of the bed bugs or they will have to pay fines that range from $250 to $1,000. Until that deadline, no visitors will be allowed to stay in those rooms.