Whether you travel frequently for work or only take a rare vacation, you occasionally must stay in a hotel room. When you do, you expect the hotel’s manager to provide a safe, comfortable and clean place for you to rest and relax. If you awaken with bedbug bites, though, your stay may seem like something out of a horror movie. 

While statistics on bedbugs in hotels in New Jersey are hard to nail down, the National Pest Management Association reports that more than 95% of its nationwide members tackled a bedbug infestation during the last year. Of those who reported on exterminating bedbugs, 68% said they had worked in hotels or motels. Even though a bedbug bite may be a minor inconvenience for many, it can be more severe for certain individuals. 

Itchy welts 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most who experience a bedbug bite have a common symptom: itchy red welts. While bedbug bites tend to resolve quickly for most, they often require individuals to apply soothing salves to alleviate itchiness and redness. Even worse, if you have an allergic reaction to a bedbug bite, you may need emergency medical care. 

Infection 

In some cases, itchy bedbug bites turn into more serious problems. For example, if you scratch a bite, you may inadvertently break through your skin. Doing so may lead to an infection. As you likely know, if left untreated, infections may have extreme consequences. 

Psychological trauma 

Climbing out of bed to discover dozens or hundreds of bedbug bites is enough to make even the bravest individual feel uneasy. If you are not particularly fond of parasites, you may experience either short- or long-term psychological trauma

Fortunately, you may never stay in a hotel where bedbugs run rampant. If bedbugs do bite you at a hotel in the Garden State, though, you must be mindful of the possible health consequences.