Pennsylvania is a state located in the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes region of the United States. It’s the 33rd largest state by area but the 5th most populated state according to the U.S. Census count in 2010.

It’s the 9th most densely populated city which contributes to the fact that its cities are present on the Patch top bed bug cities in the U.S.

Another main contributor to the bed bug problem in this state is its thriving tourism. Pennsylvania is home to the nation’s first zoo, The Philadelphia Zoo.

There are also some major museums in the state such as the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and many others. Other attractions that bring in travelers include amusement parks, Camel Beach, music festivals, and hunting.

All of these attractions are great for the well-being of the state, but also the leading cause of the rising bed bug problem, which has led to thousands of registered complaints every year.

Bed Bug Attorney in Pennsylvania

Bed Bug infestations in Pennsylvania often leave victims with substantial suffering, which can be grounds for a bed bug lawsuit.

Our bed bug experts and lawyers have the necessary experience to help individuals who have sustained monetary and non-monetary losses due to bed bug bites.

Our team of specialists in Pennsylvania work on Bed bug infestations that occur in hotels, motels, apartments, assisted living facilities, Airbnbs, and used furniture stores.

If you’re interested in learning whether you have a case it’s important you take advantage of a free consultation with one of our experts today!

Bed Bug Facts, Bites, and Infestations

Bed bugs crawl in nooks and crannies while living on human blood. They aren’t typically known to transmit disease or pose any very serious medical risk, but these creatures can cause irritation and unflattering welts on your body.

Sometimes bed bug bites don’t leave marks, and even when they do, they can sometimes be delayed for a day or two after the initial interaction. Therefore the most effective way of determining whether you have an infestation is to find the bugs yourself.

Unfortunately, these creatures are becoming increasingly resistant to pesticides, and can be hard to eradicate even with professional help.

How To Identify Bed bugs

Bed bugs have the following physical traits:

  • Flat (more roundish immediately after a meal)
  • Reddish-brown color
  • Around a quarter inch in length

The bed bugs that typically harass humans are called are the common bed bug Cimex lectularius and the tropical bed bug Cimex hemipterus.

These bugs don’t have wings and they can’t fly or jump. The issue is their narrow body and rare ability to live for months without food make them great squatters for long periods of time.

They can easily hide in luggage, bags, or clothes, and travel with their host without being seen.

They can also take shelter in bedding, box springs, furniture, and even inside the walls. For feeding they can crawl more than 100 feet at night, but according to the CDC, it will typically reside within 7 to 10 feet of where their hosts sleep.

What to Do When Bitten by Bed Bugs in a Hotel or Apartment

  1. Immediately after you realize you were victim to a bed bug infestation, you should seek out medical attention for your bites. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may want to go to the hospital to have them professionally treated. Before you assume it’s bed bugs, make sure to properly diagnose your bites so you use the correct treatment.
  2. Make sure to photograph the infestation, Take pictures of the room background to show that the infestation exists, as well as photographic evidence of the bugs and nest (if you can find it). Take pictures of your injuries wherever they occurred as well.
  3. Report the infestation to your landlord or hotel management. Make sure to send the report in writing and have the direct contact number of the manager or landlord in which you’re communicating.
  4. Treat Your belongings that have been infected by the infestation. Bag up all of your clothes and throw them in the dryer, and discard of any furniture or suitcases that may have bed bugs in them.
  5. If your efforts to communicate with your hotel or landlord are not successful, you can send a bed bug demand letter to make all parties aware of your experience and that you won’t simply disappear if ignored.

Can I Sue a Landlord in Pennsylvania for A Bed Bug Infestation?

Pennsylvania is home to hundreds of thousands of renters, many of them residents, and some college students or members of  educational institutions that exist in cities like Philadelphia or Pittsburgh.

A common scenario that we have dealt with involve the victim’s landlord rents an apartment to an unsuspecting tenant. The tenant, and his/her family begin to notice bites within a couple of weeks and report these bites to the landlord, who denies knowledge of the infestation and refuses to pay for bed bug treatment.

These cases of move in are extremely common and our team is able to connect you with lawyers that can achieve maximum compensation for those that were deceived in a similar situation.

Here’s an example of another bed bug case:

The victim was a college student who began being bitten within a week after moving in. He then reported to the landlord who confirmed, after several weeks of delay, a certified pest control inspector to inspect that property.

Shortly after, the victim noticed there were other tenants in the building with the same problem.

The victim then asked our bed bug lawyers to demand compensation for his bites, emotional distress, and to help him get out of his existing lease.

Within a few weeks the lawsuit was filed, and the victim was able to move to a bed bug free apartment and continue his college education.

Our Pennsylvania Bed Bug Lawyers are here to Help

Our experienced bed bug experts can help determine if you have a case, and move you through the legal process. We work our hardest to ensure you get the justice you deserve, contact us today for a free consultation.