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Guests find roaches in Myrtle Beach motel

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Source: Jessy Love Source: Jessy Love

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The city of Myrtle Beach is working with 7 Brothers Motel on cockroach control.

"When I opened the door, it was infested with cockroaches. All over the place," said Jessy Love, who tried to stay at the hotel the week of July 4. "One fell on my shoulder. I knocked it off. I walked to the bathroom and I went to go wash my hands. They're all over the sink, all over the bathtub." 

Love said he had been shown a different room, which he said was clean and well-maintained. He said when he returned from work, a sign on the door directed him to the room where he found cockroaches. He said he slept in his car that night.

Another man staying in the motel last Wednesday said he was sleeping with the lights on because the cockroaches would come out in the dark.

The motel, which is located on the 100 block of North Ocean Boulevard, had a property maintenance code inspection May 19 after the city received complaints of cockroaches.

As long as a business can prove it has had pest control come to treat the property recently, the city can't do anything further. The motel owner told the city of Myrtle Beach the building is being treated this week.

"The code doesn't give us a whole lot of other resources," said Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the city of Myrtle Beach. "We go investigate the complaint. If it has been sprayed for the bugs in question recently, that really is the information that we have to go on."

If the city of Myrtle Beach looks into a bug complaint and there hasn't been any recent pest control treatment, the business would have a week to get it done or the owner would receive an ordinance summons, Kruea said.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control doesn't have jurisdiction over a motel that doesn't have a dining facility.

The owner said guests are the ones who bring in the cockroaches.

Allen Dawson with Lane's Pest Control said traveling cockroaches are called German roaches. He said they're common throughout the year because they live indoors. 

Travelers bring them inside and they're able to infiltrate when there are structural deficiencies or sanitation issues.

He said the only way to eliminate them is to spray and keep spraying every month, so they die when people bring them inside.

The motel owner said pest control does come to the motel monthly.

WMBF News Reporter Amy Lipman went inside multiple rooms at the motel and did not find any cockroaches. The motel owner told Lipman he tries to make his guests as happy as possible.

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