Bed bug injuries occur in hotels nationwide. If you wake up and discover small, red, itchy welts on your body, you may be a victim of bed bug bites. While small and often hard to spot, bed bugs can cause considerable discomfort with their bites. Depending on your reaction to the bites, you may find yourself itching, anxious, unable to sleep and possibly even suffering from an infection or scarring.
What do bed bug injuries look like?
Bed bug bites resemble mosquito bites, often showing up in a line on the body. Bed bugs bite victims on the feet and legs, although bites can occur anywhere. Injuries from bed bug bites occur on toes, feet, ankles, legs, groin, torso, arms, hands, neck and head. These are common bite locations, but bed bugs will bite on any exposed skin.
The main problem with bed bug bites is not the bite itself, but the allergic reaction that follows. Your bites may start as small red bumps, only to grow and swell considerably. As they swell, they begin to itch more fiercely. Often it is impossible to think about anything else but the itching. Of course scratching tends to follow. Unfortunately, the scratching can cause further injury. Once scratching breaks the skin it can possibly lead to infection.
How are bed bug injuries treated?
Medical professionals recommend the application of hydro cortisone cream to help with itching, and antihistamines to address the allergic reaction. However, anyone who has had a significant reaction to bed bug bites knows that these medications are not particularly effective. Itching tends to continue for days after the initial bite. The problem is made worse by the fact that bed buts often bite victims night after night before they realize what is going on.
Can bed bug bites be prevented?
The most effective way to avoid bed bug injuries is to search any new room you sleep in thoroughly for signs of an infestation. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, which means they are easily identified if you know what to look for. You can even see larvae and eggs if you examine an area carefully with a flashlight or the light on a smartphone.
Anytime you stay in a hotel or motel room it is a good idea to look for bed bugs. Upon entering the room, place your luggage in the bath tub or on a tile surface in the room. Placing luggage on the bed or carpet could expose your belongings to possible bed bug infestations. Bed bugs prefer dark corners and carpets and are unlikely to travel over the tiled area to crawl into your luggage. You do not want to accidentally transport bed bugs to your home on your luggage. Bed bug infestations are difficult and expensive to eliminate once established.
Where are bed bugs found?
After you have made sure your luggage is safe, take a flashlight and search all the areas where bed bugs are likely to have made a home. These include the entire bed – all the bedding, the mattress seams and box springs (top and bottom), the bed frame and the headboard. Bed bugs also like to live under the baseboards along the walls, as well as in any furniture that is in the room.
Take about 15-20 minutes to search every crack and crevice of the room. This short amount of time is well worth the effort to prevent being attacked by bed bugs. If you find evidence of bed bugs, take photos. Show management what you found and ask them to move you to another room in a different part of the hotel (or, ideally, go stay somewhere else).
What to Do if You Have Been Injured
Even with a thorough search, sometimes you still may fail to detect bed bugs. Detection of bed bugs is something that requires experience and training. If you sustain bed bug bites and you think that your injuries were due to negligence, you may be able to take legal action.
Gather as much evidence as you can. Pictures and videos of your injuries and evidence of bed bugs are the best. After gathering everything, contact an experienced bed bug lawyer. A lawyer can tell you how likely it is that you can get compensation for your injuries.
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