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Portland holds the title as Oregon’s largest and most populous city as it’s the major port in the Willamette Valley region. Being widely known for its ties to early-mid 1900’s performing arts, followers of jazz and classical music flock to this city to get a taste of the music and art that Portland has to offer. With more than 40 different and unique theatres, concert halls, and nightclubs throughout the city to explore and soak in, tourists from all over the country come to see the performing arts year-round. If you happen to travel to Portland and stay in a hotel or other short-term rental space, be mindful of looking out for bed bug infestations as not every establishment may be up-to-date with health standards.

If bed bugs infest your home, apartment, hotel room, or AirBnB in Portland, you should discuss your legal options with the Portland bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP. Depending on the facts of your claim, we may be able to seek compensation on your behalf. You could be entitled to financial compensation for bodily injury, emotional distress, medical costs, destruction of your personal property, and other losses that you have suffered because of the infestation. Contact us online to set up a free legal consultation, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 today. Here is what our clients have to say about us. We have recovered over $11 million for our bed bug clients.


Bed bugs are tiny, parasitic insects that emerge at night to feed on blood from sleeping humans, dogs, cats, or other warm-blooded animals. In physical appearance, they are brown, six-legged, and wingless, with conical mouthparts and small eyes positioned on opposite sides of the head.

These insects are also notoriously known for being very small, but can heavily expand to make room for food (blood). When a bed bug hasn’t eaten in a while, they can appear to look flat and no longer than a few millimeters. On the other hand, a bed bug that has recently eaten can expand up to one-quarter of an inch and appear very elongated.

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There are several ways to check for bed bugs in your apartment or hotel room. The most obvious indicators are visible bed bugs crawling on your bedding, walls, furniture, or other surfaces. However, bed bugs tend to hide from predators, only emerging at night to feed. Even if you do not see any bed bugs, they may be present in the room. Warning signs that bed bugs are present in a hotel or apartment include:

  • Unpleasant odors, which may be caused by bed bug alarm pheromones (distress signals), often described as “musty” or “sweet,” or compared to scents like almond and coriander
  • Dark, jagged-edged stains on your mattress or bedding, which may be caused by crushed bed bugs or their excrement
  • Molted skins and/or egg cases in your bedding


Yes. Bed bugs are not just an inconvenience or hassle – they can also pose a real risk to your physical and mental health, with the danger increasing the longer the infestation persists. Health problems linked to bed bug infestations include:

  • Allergic Reactions – When a bed bug feeds, a minuscule amount of its saliva is injected into the host. This saliva contains proteins called “antigens.” Some people are extremely sensitive to these proteins and suffer an allergic response when bitten. This response, called “anaphylaxis,” is potentially life-threatening. It is marked by symptoms that include facial swelling, nausea, weakness, respiratory problems, and shock.
  • Bacterial Infections – Scratching or picking at itchy bed bug bites can open small wounds in the skin. Bacteria can enter the body through these wounds, leading to secondary skin infections. Infections linked to bed bugs include ecthyma, impetigo, and cellulitis.
  • Mood and Sleep Disorders – Mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression, are common in victims who have been living with bed bug infestations for prolonged periods. Since bed bugs feed at night, many victims also develop problems sleeping on a regular schedule, leading to insomnia and associated health issues.


In the unfortunate chance that you or a loved one were victims of bed bug attacks in a Portland hotel or apartment away from home, you may be entitled to receive compensation and being a claim against the hotel manager or landlord. The Portland bed bug injury lawyers at Whitney, LLP offer free legal consultations so you can further understand what options are open to you and discuss potential compensation. Call Whitney, LLP today and arrange a free legal consultation. We charge no fees or expenses until we recover compensation for you. Our number is (410)-583-8000 or contact us using our online Contact Form.

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