Lakeland, Florida has become a unique & interesting vacation destination for many families. Due to Lakeland’s close proximity to Tampa, those looking for an alternative to Tampa visit frequently. According to TripAdvisor.com, Lakeland is home to many gardens like the Hollis Garden and reserves like the Circle B Bar Reserve. Unfortunately, with the recent increases in travel to Lakeland, there is a larger risk for bed bug infestations while staying at hotels.
These bed bugs feed on human blood to survive and can leave nasty bites and potentially longer term harm, if hotels do not properly take care of the bed bug epidemic across the country. If you have encountered bed bugs while staying at Lakeland hotel, this blog post by the leading Bed Bug Attorneys in South Florida, Bed Bug Law, will go through what you should do to take care of the issue.
Confirm You Have Bed Bugs in Your Lakeland Hotel
It’s always best to inspect your hotel room before reserving it as the primary way bed bugs infestations spread is through luggage, clothing and other material that can be brought from other areas. If you did not have that opportunity and found that you woke up with large red welts across your body, it’s time to confirm that you have a bed bug infestation in your Lakeland hotel room.
First, you will want to strip your bed of any linens or other material with the objective of getting it down to the mattress and pillows. Next, you will want to grab a flashlight (or use the flashlight function on your phone), turn off the lights and closely inspect the ridges of your mattress. Use this diagram to help you in identifying bed bugs and where bed bugs are commonly found in beds –
If you have indeed found bed bugs, you will want to take as many pictures and video of them as possible. You will also want to capture the bed bugs, if possible, in a secure container for proof. You should also check any areas that don’t see light very often, like behind picture frames or in a cabinet.
Do You Have Bed Bug Injuries?
If you have suffered any bed bug injuries like red welts, make sure you closely monitor those injuries. Take photos and video, documenting the progress as it continues throughout the day and your discussions with Lakeland hotel management.
Contact the Management Team at the Lakeland Hotel
Once you have confirmed a bed bug infestation in your Lakeland hotel room, you will want to reach out to the management team there. Make sure you clearly document your interactions with them including keeping details on who you spoke with, the date/time as well as their full contact information as you may be eligible for compensation.
Contact a Lakeland Bed Bug Attorney
If you have suffered from a bed bug infestation while staying at a Lakeland, Florida hotel, contact Bed Bug Law. We specialize in representing those who have suffered from bed bugs. We do not charge any fees or have any costs unless we win your case!
To get started, fill out our “Do I Have a Case?” form or give us a call at 855-533-5552 to receive your completely FREE Case Evaluation. We look forward to helping you!