It’s truly unfortunate when you figure out that your home is infested by bed bugs. The symptoms can include constant itching, rashes, and unsightly welts on your body. If the symptoms weren’t enough you have to worry about replacing personal property, medical costs, and the cost of pest control. People often ask the question:
Do I have to go through this? Is there a possibility that bed bugs will go away on their own?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is quite simple, and our experts will explain this question in detail, along with what you should do once you become victim to an infestation.
Where Do Bed Bug Infestations Come from?
Most bugs are seasonal, and because of that bed bugs are often mistaken for other similar looking bugs. When you identify a bed bug in your home, you’re left wondering how it got there, because you thought your home or apartment was squeaky clean.
Well a common misconception is that bed bug infestations are caused by filth. In reality bed bugs don’t care whether it’s a five-star hotel or a rundown apartment, once they arrive, they are very hard to get rid of.
Bed bugs are not drawn to decay, they can live in any type of environment (making them very resilient creatures), as long as they have a food source. Bed bugs are blood eating insects, and require blood to survive.
Unlike other bugs, they can’t fly to get their food or live on a host like ticks, so instead they hide near a food source until it’s safe to come out and feed.
Bed bugs dwell almost exclusively with humans, and they can be found all over the world and especially in the United States. While it’s easy to assume that bed bugs prefer hotels or motels, the list of places is actually much more extensive.
They can be found in places such as:
- Transportation Vehicles (Buses, trains, taxis etc.)
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Furniture Stores
Bed Bugs are also hard to get rid of. They don’t go away on their own because the only thing they truly depend on, food, is still something that they can live for months without.
How Did YOU Get Bed Bugs?
Here are some places where you should look closely for bed bugs:
- Hotels or Motels – Make sure to inspect the beds and furniture for bed bugs before staying in a hotel.
- City Bus – If you take the bus, be sure to check the seats before you sit down
- Your Children – When they come back from school or visit a friend’s house, they could bring these bugs home with them. Do a quick check of their belongings when they arrive to ensure they don’t bring bed bugs into your home.
- Used Furniture – In general we would recommend against buying used furniture for this very case. If you are compelled to do so, it’s important to examine closely for black specs, bed bug shells, or blood stains.
What Should You Do If You Have Bed Bugs?
First off, make sure to seek medical attention for your injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to go to the hospital and get treated by a professional. If you have grounds for a lawsuit, this is the type of expense you can recover through monetary compensation.
Next thing you should do is bring in the right help. It’s not recommended to try and fight the infestation on your own. DIY treatments are often detrimental to your health and less effective. Nowadays bed bugs have developed resistance to DIY insecticides.
Another issue with DIY treatments is that they may kill some bed bugs and scatter the rest – Making your problem significantly worse.
Nowadays proven methods for killing bed bugs are to use heat and steam (according to thewirecutter.com bed bugs and their eggs die at temperatures above 113 degrees Fahrenheit). All of the effective treatments require professional treatment and training in order to be implemented safely and effectively.
Who Should You Call For Help?
Make sure to do your research, and hire a credible bed bug professional. Don’t assume all pest control operators are equal, make sure they offer up pre and post inspections, along with “multi-pronged” treatments.
Avoid exterminators who schedule treatments without inspections and those that tell you to discard of all your belongings.
According to the National Pest Management Association, it’s not necessary to throw away your items because treating them is apart of the job of pest control. Once you have scheduled your appointment, you should talk to our bed bug lawyers to determine whether you have a case against a landlord, or hotel management.
It’s important that you take these measures to deal with the issue quickly and effectively, maybe that’s not the news you wanted to hear, but at the end of the day this problem is unlikely to go away on its own. In fact, the longer this problem goes on, the longer it will cause you pain and suffering.
Infestations have the tendency to spread and intensify as they go on. You will also be putting your friends and neighbors at risk by allowing bed bugs to spread in your home. Female bed bugs can lay up to five eggs per day, and a mismanaged infestation can turn very expensive for victims.
The longer you wait to deal with an infestation, the worst your symptoms could get.
There are many common health issues that lead to prolonged exposure such as:
- Inability to Sleep
- Allergic Reactions
- Skin Infection
- Increased Stress and Mental Instability
File A Lawsuit For Your Infestation
Sue a Landlord
It’s possible to sue a landlord for a bed bug infestation in any state. Each state does have different regulations when it comes to these lawsuits, for example, New York requires landlords to disclose a one-year history of bed bugs to prospective new tenants. These types of laws help support the tenant’s right to sue.
Sue a Hotel Manager
It is the duty of hotel management and staff to provide a clean and safe environment for guests. It’s important in this case to prove negligence; A fairly common example of this are when previous reports to management of bed bug attacks are left untreated. Further, for guests to stay at a hotel for one night and receive dozens of bed bug bites, negligence is quite clear.
What Kind of Damages Can I Claim?
When suing over bed bugs you might be entitled to compensation for both monetary and non-monetary damages.
Examples of these damages can include any of the following:
- Medical Expenses
- Replacing Belongings
- Cost of Lodging for Period of Extermination
- Lost Wages
- Extermination Costs
The Long Answer To A Short Question
By now you know that bed bugs will NOT go away on their own. Bed bugs have entered your space for one reason only, and that’s to feed on you. As long as you remain in your home, bed bugs will continue to feast.
The longer you wait to contact a licensed professional, the more bed bugs you will have. This leads to greater risk of exposure to serious illness and disease, and a great danger to your physical, emotional, and mental health.
At the end of the day you can minimize risk by intervening and acting quickly. If you’re a renter, or a guest at a hotel, talk to your landlord or management before acting, because you may not be responsible for expensive bed bug treatments.
If you have suffered from serious injury and would like to learn if you’re entitled to compensation, contact our bed bug lawyers to discuss your case.