Florida hotel guests and those visiting rental properties reasonably assume that the places they are visiting are clean and sanitary. Sleeping in a hotel bed may not seem like a risky endeavor or a threat to one’s personal safety, but this may change if the guest wakes up and finds that he or she is experiencing symptoms of a bed bug problem. It may be helpful for hotel visitors to know and understand the signs of a problem and how they can protect themselves if it happens to them.
Indications of a problem
There are certain signs and symptoms that will indicate that there is a bed bug problem in a hotel room. Bed bugs are small pests that feed on blood, and they are not always easy to spot. In many cases, physical symptoms are the first indication of an issue, which may include:
- Itchiness on different parts of the body
- Inflamed spots, sometimes with a darker spot in the middle
- Lines of spots or clusters of itchy spots
Those who have been bitten by these bugs may also experience allergic reactions. While these pests are not known to carry or transmit disease, they are difficult to get rid of once they are in clothing, bedding, furniture and other places.
Who is to blame?
If a hotel guest wakes up with spots on his or her hands, neck, face, arms, hands and other areas, it could be an indication that there are bed bugs in the room. A hotel is responsible for the maintenance of its property, including ensuring rooms are free from bugs. If there is an infestation that harmed the guest, it’s appropriate to reach out to Bed Bug Law in Florida for guidance regarding potential legal options.