Panama City, Florida is a huge vacation destination for many travelers looking to relax at a beautiful Florida beach. According to VisitPanamaCityBeach.com, the city has over 27 miles of beaches and is home to many different events. Unfortunately, because of the amount of travelers that visit the city, there’s an increased risk for bed bug infestations in hotels. These hotels can sometimes not take the appropriate precautions in managing bed bug infestations which can be brought by travelers into hotel rooms.
In this blog post, we’ll go over steps you’ll want to take if you have found bed bugs in a Panama City, Florida hotel room –
How to Identify Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can easily be confused for other types of insects. What’s somewhat unique about bed bugs is that they feed on human blood to survive. What’s even more interesting is that they will hide in the most convenient places for them to feed, and where’s that you ask? You guessed it, your bed! Bed bugs are also unique in their appearance and can vary significantly based on their age. Before continuing, please review the diagram below that shows the various appearances based on their lifecycle –
Finding Bed Bugs in Your Panama City Hotel Room
As mentioned previously, bed bugs love to hide in your bed and other dark, unlit areas within your Panama City hotel room. Before continuing your investigation, make sure to remove any linens or other material like comforters from your hotel room bed. Also, familiarize yourself with the locations that do not receive much light like in furnishings like drawers. Next, turn off all the lights in your hotel room and grab your cellphone to turn on the flashlight function. Closely inspect the ridges and other areas of your mattress for any dark-red stains or the bed bugs themselves as shown below –
Make sure to take photos and videos of the bed bugs as it will be important should you want to pursue a potential lawsuit. If you are comfortable, it would be a good idea to capture the bed bugs in a VERY secure container once you have taken those photos or videos.
Notify Panama City Hotel Management
If you have found bed bugs in your hotel room, it’s important to notify the management team at your Panama City hotel. They may offer some compensation or provide some other offers. It’s important to document every single interaction you have with them including names, titles and contact information for anyone whom you’ve spoke with. Then, it might be time to contact a Bed Bug attorney.
Contact a Panama City Bed Bug Attorney
Here at Bed Bug Law, we have represented thousands of individuals across the country who have mentally or physically suffered as a result from a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs can leave nasty lingering harm and we have successfully recovered compensation for our clients. You can receive a completely FREE case evaluation by completing our “Do I Have a Case?” form or by giving us a call at 855-533-5552. The best part about working with Bed Bug Law is that we do not charge any fees or have any costs unless we win your case!