Bed bugs are active at night and will attack humans while they are sleeping. Usually, because the attack is painless, it will go unnoticed while it is taking place. The creatures will bite humans and suck their blood. Typically, any symptoms from bed bug bites will be visible on one’s arms, hands, neck, and face. The symptoms of bed bug bites may include:
- Bumps on the skin (small, flat, or raised)
- Infection to bite areas
A person likely will find a pattern or series of bites, rather than a single bite or two. Not only will a victim of bed bugs bites have to deal with these physical symptoms and the worry of having bed bugs invade their homes, beds, luggage, clothing and other areas, but they will also have to deal with the worry of finding a safe and effective way to remove the creatures so that they never come back.
Getting rid of bed bugs can be an extremely difficult process. Usually, for treatment of a bed bug infestation to be effective, a pest-control expert will be necessary. Treatment sometimes will consist of the utilization of insecticides, low odor sprays, and dusts that work to remove the bedbugs. Such sprays and insecticides will be applied to any areas in which bed bugs have been detected. Sprays likely will also be applied to small hiding spaces that bed bugs may be prone to hide in. Generally, mattresses must be thrown out, as they are not easily treatable by sprays or insecticides. Additionally, it is often recommended that other soft furnishings also be discarded to ensure that no remaining infestation remains. If even just a few bed bugs remain, they can reproduce rapidly and continue to cause problems.
Female bed bugs can produce up to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Sometimes, they may produce 5 eggs per day. Thus, getting rid of bed bugs can be problematic not only because of their tendency to hide in obscure places, but also because of their ability to reproduce so much and so quickly.
This is why it is extremely important that when bed bugs are discovered, treatment of the problem must be thorough and complete. This usually is very costly, and can also be a time consuming process.
Bed bugs are easily transportable. Oftentimes, bed bugs gather in a person’s luggage or clothing while they are staying at a hotel or other lodging facility. The luggage then is transported into the individual’s home where the bed bugs can multiply and spread.
While bed bugs are common in student housing and homeless shelters, because of the high frequency of people that move in and out of these facilities, bed bugs can present a problem anywhere. Recently, the problem of bed bugs, which was once thought to be long-past, has reemerged, and there have been cases of bed bugs throughout the country, including Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Bed bugs have been found in several locations, including upscale hotels and homes.
If you feel that you have been victimized by a hotel, motel, or other lodging facility with a bed bug infestation, and as a result have incurred medical costs or removal costs (as a consequence of a resulting infestation in your home) you should not have to bear such costs alone.
Where to get help
What do you do if you or a loved one has been a victim of a bed bug infestation? Call the Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates now. We can help you find a personal injury attorney to assist you in making important personal and legal decisions. A personal injury lawyer can help you assert your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve. Email us or call us now for FREE case evaluation. For your convenience, our telephones are answered 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (1-800-992-6878).