Odds are you have probably heard or uttered the saying, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Of course no one actually falls asleep expecting to wage a battle with menacing bugs all night. Most people do not even realize that bedbugs actually exist. According to several leading pest control companies, however, reports of bed bug infestations are on the rise in recent years. The brown colored bugs, resembling apple seeds, are attracted by human body heat, and are reportedly causing serious problems in residential buildings, hotels and motels across the New York City metropolitan area.
Bed bugs live in mattresses, carpets, clothing, luggage, bedding and furniture. Any infestation requires a professional chemical treatment, which can be quite expensive. Recently, Plaintiffs have successfully pursued actions against building owners, and hotel and motel operators based upon negligence and fraud because these entities knew of bed bug infestations, but failed to properly treat the problem.
Bed bugs can be a physical and financial nightmare for people sleeping in an infested room. Bites may leave large red welts and have caused reactions in people allergic to the bugs’ saliva. Using clothing and luggage as a method of transportation, bedbugs can travel home with a hotel guest after they have checked out. Often people are forced to hire expensive exterminators, throw out infested clothing and bedding and move out of their homes until a full extermination is completed.
If you have been the victim of bed bug 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.