Bed Bugs and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this time, the attorneys and staff of Bed Bug Law are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) and are working from home. We cannot predict the scale and scope of what we will be dealing with in the coming weeks and months and have taken many precautionary steps to safeguard our business operations, and to remain ready to serve you, our clients.

Bed Bugs and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

New Potential Clients: Do not avoid contacting our office during this epidemic if you are a recent victim of bed bug bites at a hotel or if you recently purchased furniture only to discover that it is infested with bed bugs. It is important that your injuries are documented properly and that you protect your rights. As travel restrictions increase, there are going to be many hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge in hotels and other short-term rental properties. We expect an increase in claims as this situation develops and we encourage you to contact our office. You can get started filing a claim by visiting www.bedbuglaw.com/do-i-have-a-case to provide our office with information regarding your recent injuries and receive a free case evaluation to learn how we can help.

Current Clients: The current situation facing our country presents a unique challenge for our practice. Rest assured that we are up to the task and all of our current clients claims are continuing to be processed. Immediate communication with our office may be challenging due to our staff working from home. We are working hard to be available to answer any questions you may have. Currently, all of our calls will be routed through our answering service. Please leave a message with the service and your call will be returned as quickly as possible, often the same day. You can also email us any time for a status of your case and your questions will be answered as quickly as possible.

Do Bed Bugs Carry Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

It is well known in the entomologist and pest control community that Bed Bugs are not a vector for diseases. In some lab controlled settings, Bed Bugs have been found to carry and transmit some rare diseases. However, this does not appear to be the case for coronavirus. Much research will need to be done to discover just how much of a risk bed bugs may be in the spread of coronavirus, but at the time the concern is low.

The bed bug anatomy is not conducive to transmission of disease. The risk of disease transmission is very low in bed bugs because each time a bed bug consumes a blood meal, it sheds its exoskeleton. The bed bug’s mouth looks like a needle, which is used to pieces human skin and extract blood for food. When the exoskeleton is shed, the bed bug’s mouth is also shed. It has been shown that each time a bed bug feeds on a human being, it is using a fresh needle each time. Unlike mosquitos or other insects which are known vectors of disease which use the same needle like mouth each time they feed on a new victim.

Information Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How does the Novel Coronavirus spread and what can I do to prevent it from spreading?

Coronaviruses like COVID-19 are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands) or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands. Learn more about the novel Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is continuously informing the public about how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading this dangerous illness.

It is important to follow the following measures to protect yourself and others from spreading viruses, including COVID-19:

· Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Avoid close contact with people who are ill.

· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

· Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

· Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

· Everyone in North Carolina should follow the latest recommendations from NCDHHS to reduce and slow the spread of infection.

The public is being strongly advised to cancel travel plans domestic and internationally as well as avoiding groups of people 10 or more.

Please be safe, make good choices and take care of yourselves. Your health and safety are our highest priority.

5 thoughts on “Bed Bugs and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)”

  1. I am at an Extended Stay America in Cleveland / Middleburg Heights, Ohio and noticed all of these marks on my back. I have been at this hotel a week now. Have a ton of things here and the General Manager (GM) of the hotel is doing nothing this evening. The only thing they offered was to switch my room. I am furious. All of my clothes and personal items are in the room. They did not even offer to clean my clothes. The GM said she would call a bug service tomorrow to check the room for bedbugs. I have never had bed bugs in my life and I know nothing about them or even what to do. Please call me back tonight because I have no idea what to do. Thank you and look forward to speaking with you shortly.

    Jen Clark – (394) 941-2736

  2. I reported and documented (video) evidence of a bug in my bed crawling. I requested a room change or refund. They transferred me to another room, at which point I noticed haor in the sink and a dirty towel on a lamp. They, then, transferred me again. This room was seemingly satisfactory but I woke up with bites on my legs, arms, foot, and bottom (which I have pictures of). Upon checkout, I was asked by an aggressive, intimidating group of 3 armed security officers to give them my personal information on a report. When I refused, they trespassed me, VERY aggressively and threatened me with arrest and physical violence, if I didn’t leave immediately. They refused to let me get my things from my room until I notified the local las vegas police department. The police disregarded my rights as an individual who had basicically just been robbed and insisted that I must comply with their orders if I wanted my possessions back. Their conditions were that I erase my video evidence, which I refused. After realizing that I am well within my rights to my own personal property, both video evidence and possessions in room, they agreed to escort me to the room but I was forced, under duress, to enter 4 foot by 4 foot elevator, (the first elevator in las vegas, according to Wikipedia), rather than the stairs, which completely endangered and compromised my health during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I must now enter a quarantine, and lose work wages as a result, as i cannot afford to endanger myself, my family, or the general public. I have suffered physical damage, as well as emotional, and medical trauma. Both the police, security, front desk attendant, police dispatcher, and property manager were notified of my medical condition for anxiety (which I have a prescription for, which was locked in my room and held hostage. and they disregarded me completely. I am traumatized and will be persuing compensation in the form regulatory health inspection and monetary.

    Thanks in advance for your time and consideration

    -Blake

  3. Blake, thank you for contacting https://www.bedbuglaw.com based on the information you provided and the multitude of legal issues raised it would be best to contact us directly. Please call us whenever you are available so we can provide a free case evaluation for your bed bug injury claim. Thank you and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

  4. Yes I was at a hotel American inn Best value inn in morrilton Arkansas and I started itching and 3 days later I noticed a bot 7 or 8 days later more bites fan I started investigating a little more into it and I found bed bugs in my room the first thing I did was go down to the front desk and ask for a refund for the nights that I stayed in the motel because it’s been a horrific event and they refused to refund me limani and I asked then what am I supposed to do about getting rid of them now that they are all in my stuff and he said I can refund you for one night and I said well I’ve been here for 12 and therefore he told me that I should have noticed the bed bug the day after I got there legit known that it takes up to 14 days in most cases before there is even a sign of a bed bug bite I’ve got pictures of the bed bugs I’ve got bed bugs themselves I’ve got pictures of the stains on the bed from the bed bugs and all they can do is move me to the room right next door which was infested in bed bugs also I said do they know that you’re just going to move me next door wouldn’t that be infested also and that’s all they offered me luckily my kids are not showing no box at this time but I have them on my head and my bottom I really just don’t know what to do at this point I called the health department they called the motel tell and they said that they are going to have an exterminator come out tomorrow and just let me stay in the same room that the investigation was in and not compensate me for the cost of its going to cost me to try to get rid of them so where do I go from here thank you for your time

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