Dealing with bed bugs during your stay at a hotel or vacation rental can be a bothersome experience, often marring what should be a relaxing getaway. Bed bugs are notoriously resilient and can be challenging to eliminate once they’ve established themselves in an environment.
These pests are small, about the size of an apple seed, making them hard to spot. They can survive for months without feeding and are adept at hiding in tiny crevices, including mattress seams and furniture.
1: Spread easily
One of the reasons bed bugs are common in hotels and vacation rentals is their ability to hitchhike on luggage, clothing and other personal belongings. Guests unknowingly carry them from one place to another, contributing to their widespread presence.
2: Cause itchy bites
Bed bugs feed on human blood, typically at night when their hosts are asleep. Their bites often result in itchy, red welts that can cause discomfort. The bites themselves aren’t dangerous and bed bugs aren’t known to transmit diseases. Bed bug bites can lead to allergic reactions in some individuals. The psychological stress and lack of sleep caused by the presence of bed bugs shouldn’t be underestimated.
3: Extermination is critical
Eradicating bed bugs requires a comprehensive approach. Professional extermination is often necessary, as over-the-counter treatments may not be effective against a full infestation.
Hotel and vacation rental owners should immediately act upon discovering bed bugs to prevent their spread and protect future guests. Anyone who encounters bed bugs in a hotel or vacation rental should contact us to assert your legal rights.