Liability/Case Law for Bed Bugs
In the world that we live in today we are seeing more and more lawsuits being filed against establishments that rent housing or sleeping quarters to the public and knowingly or unknowingly expose tenant(s) to bed bug infestations. People want to know how they got bedbugs and then they want to know why somebody didn’t protect them from these pests.
The cost associated with early detection and surveillance far outweighs the potential losses due to late detection. Discovering a bed bug infestation once a moderate to major infestation has taken hold dramatically increases the cost! There may be litigation brought by tenant(s), lost revenues due to not being able to rent the room or home, tarnished public image and negative press, renters may register the establishment on bedbugreporter.com or similar websites, high cost to eradicate the bugs and may take several repeated treatments verses one treatment.
Do not run the risk of having a nightmare on your hands, be proactive! Place your property on a quarterly contract for inspections. This can help catch a bed bug introduction early and potentially decrease the cost of eradication and lost revenues. Hire competent and professional staff that can be trained to be on the lookout for signs that bed bugs have been introduced. An example of a bedbug lawsuit involving a hotel establishment and tenants is: