Updated September 13, 2007-
According to several leading pest control companies, reports of bedbug
infestations in motel and hotel rooms are on the rise in recent years. The appleseed-resembling bugs, which are attracted by human body heat, are reportedly causing serious problems
at hotels, motels, and in cruise ships around the country.
Bedbugs live on mattresses, carpets, clothing, luggage, bedding and furniture, and are particularly attracted to high-turnover dwellings like hotel rooms. Any infestation requires professional chemical treatment, which can be quite expensive.
Plaintiffs have filed several lawsuits
accusing hotel and motel operators of negligence and fraud because they knew of bedbug infestations in certain rooms but failed to contact an exterminator or properly warn overnight guests.
Bedbugs can be a physical and financial nightmare for hotel guests sleeping in an infested room. Bedbugs are resistant to any form of insect repellent. Their bites leave large red welts and have caused reactions in people allergic to the bugs' saliva.
Using clothing, luggage, and furniture as a method of transportation, bedbugs travel with host hotel guests who unwittingly carry them home. Several families have been forced to hire expensive exterminators, throw out infested clothing and bedding, and move out of their homes until a full extermination was completed.
If you have been the victim of bedbug infestation, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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