Family members suggests Devils Den Condition Park vacation ruined by mattress bugs


The relatives says Arkansas State Parks refunded her household the cost of their cabin rental, but their possessions are thought of a overall reduction.

WEST FORK, Ark. — Kelley Barnes and her family members checked into a camper cabin at Devil’s Den Point out Park on a Friday night. She claims they experienced a fantastic night ahead of waking up “in the center of the night time, itching and miserable. We did a couple of checks but didn’t come across anything, so we went again to sleep … The up coming early morning we ended up covered in bites and blisters. We did some far more examining underneath the beds and the seams, and we uncovered are living bugs,” Barnes recalled. 

Barnes suggests Arkansas Point out Parks refunded her family the expense of their cabin rental, but their possessions are regarded a overall loss.

“We still left anything there, all of our belongings. We didn’t convey everything residence. We remaining our pillows, blankets, bedding, you know, anything. [There may be] converse of [getting a reimbursement] for some of that things, [but] ‘m not positive however. It can be frustrating— we will not have a good deal of revenue, and to put forth effort and dollars in the direction of [a vacation] like that and come house with troubles is disappointing,” defined Barnes. 

Shea Lewis is the director of Arkansas State Parks, and he says “The point out of Arkansas functions carefully with the Arkansas statements fee in incidences, this sort of as this, or in which friends or visitor’s personalized residence is destroyed or dropped. And the statements fee will consider the claim and make a determination for feasible reimbursement of their private items.”

Lewis confirms the bites are regular with bedbugs and state parks have hired an exterminator to treat all five camper cabins at Devil’s Den. The camper cabin occupied by the Barnes will not be rented out for at least two months.

“So correct now our park employees has labored intently with the contractor to arrive out and exterminate any bugs that are in that cabin and adjacent cabins as nicely, and we’ve long gone as a result of the cabin, finished a deep cleansing, and utilized pesticides to make positive that that we eliminate any pests that are in there. We’ve also superheated the cabin for three days, which is just one of the most constant approaches that the field addresses challenges this sort of as bedbugs. We’ve even changed the wood bed frames with steel mattress frames, replace the mattresses, accomplished an alcoholic beverages treatment, and deep cleaned the exterior portion of the making as effectively,” Lewis claimed. 

As for the Barnes loved ones, they say their irritation from the bites will possible last a few months, and they are hopeful it does not take place to anyone else.

“I just want action to be taken, so that families will not have to endure this sort of point,” Barnes said. 

Lewis agrees in a assertion saying “When we imagine about an practical experience within just an Arkansas condition park, we want our attendees to feel risk-free and snug all through their stay. This is a departure from that, and we’re having all the methods that we need to to ensure it won’t happen all over again.”

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