You and the family have booked a much-needed vacation. You’re looking forward to the time away and have booked what looks like a nice little hotel with a family suite.
You stayed the first night and everything seems to be well. Unfortunately, your child has woken up with sores that are itchy and bleeding. One possibility is that there are bed bugs in your room. Ideally, the hotel will deal with this but you may also need to check the room for bed bugs yourself. Outlined below are a few tips on how to do this.
Check the soft furnishings
Bed bugs can be anywhere but they typically like soft furnishings such as bedding, sofas, chairs, towels and curtains. If you check your child’s bed sheets and there are small patches of blood, this could be where the bed bugs are and their sores could be the result of bites.
Bed bugs aren’t always going to be immediately visible. In fact, they tend to like to take cover in hiding spots such as crevasses in curtains and sheets. Bed bugs are also commonly associated with uncleanliness, but this is a misconception. A room can be immaculate and still contain bed bugs because they will survive as long as there is a blood source.
What should you do?
As soon as you suspect bed bugs you should alert hotel management and request to be moved from the room. While bed bug bites are rarely serious, it may be worth getting your child checked over because there is a possibility of infections and other complications.
If you pay good money to stay somewhere then bed bug bites are the last thing you expect to deal with. If incidents similar to those above have caused you distress and suffering, contact Bed Bug Law to explore your legal options.