Diminutive bedbugs are invading Los Angeles. Already there is plenty of work for a bedbug exterminator called in by Angelenos attacked in their sleep. What do bedbug bites look like, and what can you do when the pest moves into your bedroom? How about sue?
Bedbugs in Los Angeles County
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune features lovable Baily, a rescued Beagle that has been trained to become a bedbug-detecting hound. Difficult to detect just by looking, Los Angeles’ exterminators are relying on the keen noses of dogs to sniff out bedbug infestations in both the richest and poorest neighborhoods.
What makes the bedbug a much more aggravating pest than the cockroach is the fact that it can survive repeated treatments. Even if large numbers of the pests become eradicated, there are enough left to re-infest a home, apartment or hotel. Cases in point are the testimonies of Covina apartment building residents who have worked with the Health Department for the better part of a year to get rid of the bedbugs.
This kind of hardiness causes one exterminator to exclaim: “Literally, it’s the biggest epidemic – as far as bugs go – hitting the world right now.”
What Do Bedbug Bites Look Like?
The odds are good that you have some bedbug bite marks on you right now. The Bedbug Database offers concise information on the insect’s life-cycle, as well as impact on unsuspecting residents. Attracted by the exhaled air of sleepers, bedbugs crawl up to the warm skin – or drop from shelves above the bed – to reach a patch of skin.
Upon inserting and withdrawing feeding tubes, they move off their prey long before the sleepers awake. Bedbug bite marks mimic mosquito bites, except that these welts last longer. Itching is intense. In some cases, sleepers wake up to notice droplets of blood on pillow cases or sheets; this signals a potentially interrupted bedbug feeding due to a sleeper’s movement.
Bedbugs Bug the Bottom Line
The Bedbug Registry proves that bedbugs are on the move and establishing strongholds across the United States and Canada. The site urges travelers to report encounters with bedbug-infested venues, which, of course, has the hospitality industry keeping its eyes peeled.
Business Insurance reports that agents and attorneys are eyeing the bedbug bite marks warily and recognize a liability nightmare in the making. Plaintiff lawyers suggest that standard property damage policies could be tapped to cover bedbug-related claims.
Even as defendant lawyers cite the difficulty of proving actual damages brought on by bedbug bites, it is worthwhile to consider that the rare but nevertheless recognized delusion of parasitosis may become a lot more commonplace in personal injury suits filed within the coming months and years.