Sleep Tight Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite

Maybe that’s an old phrase, but it’s one I remember my mom using all the time as I was headed to bed.  But what did it mean?  I don’t remember ever seeing a bedbug and certainly don’t remember one biting me.

It turns out that the common bedbug (cimex lectularius) does exist and is enjoying a renaissance in the United States.   Bedbug infestations have increased exponentially over the past several years, with some estimates putting the increase at as high as 500%.  There presently is no consensus on the cause of bedbugs’ resurgence, but you may have recently seen articles about this growing problem.

Bedbugs are most often found in places with high occupancy, like hotels and apartment buildings.  Bedbugs can be transported from one location to another through a variety of means, including luggage, furniture, clothing, and pets.  Bedbugs hide easily and are difficult to detect.  Unfortunately, one of the primary methods of bed bug detection is when they start biting you.

Bed bugs are currently thought to be poor transporters of diseases, unlike fleas or mosquitoes.   Reactions to a bedbug bite vary greatly among individuals.  Common responses are anxiety, stress, and insomnia.  Skin infections and scars from bedbug bites and the sores bites cause may also result.  Here is a link to additional information about the consequences of bedbuig bites:

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/pdf/2105.pdf

Eradicating a bedbug infestation is extremely difficult.   Often times complete disposal of furniture and replacement of carpeting is required to fully ensure that no bedbugs or their eggs have survived extermination efforts.

With the rise in bedbug infestations comes an increase in legal claims.  Erbe Law Firm is currently representing a family against a local apartment complex regarding physical injuries and property loss they suffered after they moved into an apartment that was infested with bedbugs.  In appropriate cases there may also be other damages available and other possible defendants, such as hotel owners, pest control companies, and, in home purchase situations, previous homeowners.

Please contact Erbe Law Firm for a free in-person consultation with an attorney if you you believe that you have a legal problem involving bed bugs.

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