In recent years, Vacation rentals have become a popular option for travelers across the country. According to Statista.com, vacation rentals have grown in revenue generation about 3% per year. Vacation rentals offer a secluded, individualize and private vacationing experience that many are yearning for. Unfortunately, due to their popularity, Vacation rentals are now at a higher risk for bed bug infestations and if the property owner does not take the risk seriously, this can result in harm to renters and their families.
You may be asking, why is that? It’s actual a simple concept to understand. Vacation rentals and other similar services like hotels receive countless amounts of visitors each day, week and year. These visitors come from homes, other vacation rentals, other countries, potentially bringing along with them bed bugs into the rental. Bed bugs cling onto clothing, belongings and luggage that these travelers bring into these areas. It’s very important that the owners of these facilities ensure that they have a bed bug infestation treatment and inspection program in order to protect you in your family.
If you are staying in a vacation rental and suspect that there may be bed bugs, this article by Bed Bug Law, the Bed Bug vacation rentals lawyers, will help you in identifying an infestation in your vacation rental.
Determining if your Vacation Rental has a Bed Bug Infestation
Bed bugs feed on human blood as their form of nutrition to survive. As you might expect, bed bugs are usually found in mattresses because they can feed while you are sleeping. If they were to feed, they would leave large red patches and marks across the areas they feed. If you suddenly wake up with these red areas, you will want to perform an inspection in order to confirm you have been bitten by bed bugs in your vacation rental.
In order to properly identify bed bugs, use the diagram below as you continue your investigation –
First, you will want to take note of any areas in the vacation rental that are unlit, like inside of dressers, cabinets and artwork. Next, remove any comforters or linen from any of the beds inside of your vacation rental. Grab a flashlight or use the flashlight function on your cellphone and closely inspect the beds and then inspect those unlit areas in the home. If you see any dark-brownish stains or insects hiding in the ridges of the mattress as shown below, you may have found bed bugs!
Notifying the Vacation Rental Owners
Once you have confirmed that you have found bed bugs while staying in your vacation rental, it’s important to notify the owners of your vacation rental. When you notify them, make sure you take copious notes and document the interactions you had with them with great detail. Informing the owners is an important step should you want to take legal action.
Contacting Vacation Rental Bed Bug Vacation Rental Lawyers
Bed Bug Law is a law firm representing those who have suffered as a result of a bed bug infestation either physically or mentally in a bed bug vacation rental. The benefit of engaging our firm is that we do not charge any fees or have any cost unless we win your case.
If you have suffered as a result of a bed bug infestation, contact the Bed Bug Law team by filling out our “Do I Have a Case?” form or by calling 855-533-5552 to speak to a Bed Bug Law attorney.