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Injuries Caused By Bed Bug Bites

It was not too long ago that few exterminators had ever been called upon to eradicate an infestation of bed bugs, but the past decade has seen an explosion in the number of reported bed bug infestations in the U.S. Today, 99.6 percent of pest control experts in this country have been called upon in the past year to treat an infestation.

One in five people reported being the victim of a bed bug infestation in their home or knowing someone who has experienced problems with bed bugs at home or while staying at a hotel. The parasitic insect that feeds on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded mammals can now be found in all 50 states.

Bed bugs feed on human blood

Bed bug bites are usually associated with nighttime hours, but the truth is that people can also become targets of these insects during daylight hours. Generally, bed bugs feed while people sleep, so taking a nap during the day could make you a target of bed bugs if the location you are in has been infested.

The injuries related to bed bugs are the result of the manner in which they feed. Their almost-painless bite pierces your skin, so they can use their beaks to draw blood. The feeding process can take as long as 10 minutes. Once they have finished feeding, bed bugs go back into their hiding places. Their usual hiding places include:

  • Furniture
  • Blankets, sheets, comforters and pillow cases
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Clothing
  • Carpeting and rugs

Injuries related to bed bug bites

If you have been bitten by bed bugs, the first thing you might notice is numerous bite marks all over your body. Unlike other biting insects, such as mosquitos or fleas, that focus on the your arms, legs and other exposed parts of your body, bed bug bites may appear on your torso and other areas covered by your clothing.

The bites are usually in a zigzag pattern and may appear red and slightly raised from the skin’s surface. The welts might be extremely itchy. The bite marks can appear within a few hours of the bed bug attack, or they can take as long as two weeks to become red and itchy.

You could develop sensitivity to bed bug bites if you live or stay in an infested location in which you are subjected to being repeatedly bitten. If that is the case, you could develop annoyingly itchy welts within a few seconds of being bitten.

The intense desire to scratch at the bites to relieve the itching can lead to infections, fever and scarring. Some people may experience a life-threatening allergic reaction to bed bug bites. Symptoms might include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blistering at the bite areas
  • Swelling of the tongue and difficulty swallowing

Medical treatment should be sought immediately after signs of bed bug bites begin to appear. Even though researchers have not linked bed bugs to the transmission of diseases, some people have developed serious medical conditions such as anemia after being the victim of bed bug bites.

Get legal advice about your compensation rights

If you have been exposed to an infestation of bed bugs, you might be entitled to compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered. In addition to the medical expenses you incurred after being bitten, the scarring left by bed bug bites could require future cosmetic surgery for which you are entitled to be compensated. Contact The Felicetti Law Firm P.C. for more information about your rights as the victim of bed bug bites by calling (800) 707-1954.

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