Not many things are as frightening as the sight of bedbugs in your hotel rooms. Besides the possible sleepless night, the risk of carrying these stubborn pests back home with you is usually quite high. And when they invade your home, bed bugs can subject your family to untold emotional distress.
If you spot the signs of bed bugs in your hotel room, do not assume or keep quiet about it. Here are three reasons why you need to alert the hotel’s management as soon as you spot bed bugs in your room:
Bed bugs can be vectors of disease-causing pathogens
Contrary to prior belief, studies have shown that bed bugs can cause infections in humans. One such infection is Chagas disease which is caused by a pathogen known as Trypanosoma cruzi. This disease is not caused by the bite itself but rather when you come into contact with the insect’s fecal matter. Left untreated, Chagas disease can cause damage to the heart as well as the central nervous system.
Bed bugs cause allergic reactions
Allergic reactions caused by bed bug bite injuries are usually triggered by the chemicals in the insect’s saliva and can range from asymptomatic to itchiness, red bumps on the skin as well as mild inflammation. Severe allergic reactions can include hives, fever and flu-like symptoms, blisters, painful swelling on the bite wounds as well as severe itching.
Depending on the severity of the allergic reactions, you may need to see a doctor for medication.
Bed bugs can cause immense psychological distress
The idea of bed bugs crawling all over and sucking your blood can be very distressing. In fact, some people have reported post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following bed bug infestation. Common symptoms of psychological distress caused by bed bug bites include anxiety, nightmares, personal dysfunction and insomnia.
Most people find bed bugs quite gross. If you are a victim of bed bug bite injuries in a hotel, we can guide you through the process of suing the facility owner for damages through a bed bug lawsuit.