How to Protect Yourself From Bed Bugs

January 13, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

There are very few laws in existence addressing bedbugs in hotels and B&Bs. The National Pest Management Association noted a significant increase in bedbug infestations across the country from the years 2000 to 2013. Even the cleanest establishments are at risk of infestation therefore the best course of action is to be educated on how to spot bedbugs before they spot you.

Common Law

Bedbugs pose a real hazard to a guest’s personal safety (bites can cause allergic reactions, rashes and even scars), therefore hotels and Bed and Breakfasts’ are required under common law to take reasonable action in providing their guests with a clean room. If an establishment does not provide a reasonably clean environment for their guests and there is a bedbug infestation, legal action may be advisable. If you find yourself in this situation, gather as much evidence as possible and file a claim.

State Bedbug Laws

Hotels and B&Bs have a responsibility, under common law, to do everything within their power to keep you safe. However, no federal bedbug law exists. States such as Alabama, California, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, South Dakota and West Virginia have passed some form of bedbug legislation, but ultimately fall short of truly protecting guests. Only Kansas, Nevada and West Virginia require hotels to stop using the room and exterminate the bedbugs before another guest stays the night.

Protect Yourself

Bedbugs are commonly found in chair and bed seams, electrical sockets, and folds of curtains. It is in your best interest to thoroughly inspect your room before settling in. Taking your luggage directly to the bathroom before you inspect your room is highly encouraged as bedbugs are very unlikely to be found there. The last thing you want is a stow away, or several hundred, checking out with you when you leave. If you see small black dots (excrement), rusty or reddish stains (blood), tiny pale yellow eggs, or especially the apple-seed sized bugs themselves report your findings to the hotel staff immediately and vacate the room.

Bedbugs are not a do-it-yourself kind of problem. A professional extermination service is highly advised in clearing an infestation completely and correctly. If you are in the greater Seattle Washington area and are in need of such a service, contact Mathis Exterminating right away. Take the time to give them like on their Facebook page as well!