A New Jersey business woman claims she discovered bed bugs in her Brentwood hotel room during a recent stay.
According Cynthia Milbourne, she woke up to bite marks all over her body.
"When I pulled the covers back, there was a bed bug in bed with me," she told Nashville's News 2. "I got up to get a tissue to come back and kill it and there was another one on the pillow."
Milbourne said she immediately notified hotel management at Courtyard by Marriott.
"I was in the room with the technician from Eco Lab and the general manager from the Marriott Courtyard when they discovered the bed bugs nest in the dust ruffle on the bed," she explained.
Nashville's News 2 spoke with Hugh Atkins, Director of General Environmental Health, who said upon finding bed bugs at a hotel, guests should call the State Health Department, as well as the local health department so they can investigate.
He also added the importance of keeping luggage off of soft surfaces in hotel rooms.
"You throw your stuff on the bed, but it would probably be better to get the little rack, lots of times they supply, get that out sit your luggage on that," Atkins explained.
According to health officials, once personal belongings have been exposed to bed bugs, placing clothing in a clothes dryer or hot trunk will help get rid of the pests.
"I had the general manager at the hotel put my stuff in the dryer several times because they said if there was anything, any bugs in my garments that would kill them," Milbourne said.
The State Health Department added it is important to check personal belongings and luggage after staying at a hotel.