Bed Bugs Can be Potentially Dangerous for Your Health
Let me make one thing clear - bed bugs are usually not considered dangerous but hear me out (no I don't contradict myself). They are a nuisance, that's for sure but they have lived with humans for hundreds of years.
They feed on human blood and they need us to survive. It won't make much sense fro them to transmit diseases that would kill their thus guaranteeing their own extinction.
And even though they have not been shown to transmit diseases they can still be responsible for health issues, varying from mild to severe.
So, How Exactly are Bed Bugs Dangerous to Humans?
Let's start with a well-known fact - bed bug bites often times (but not always) result in itching. In a few days red bumps or welts appear on the skin, similar to mosquito bites, but unlike them, the bed bug bites don't disappear in a few days but stay for weeks. And with the itching comes scratching and that presents a potential health risk.
Scratching causes damage to the skin. As a result, the introduction of some very dangerous organisms of infection is possible. To prevent that from happening one should control the urge to scratch. And nevertheless, if there's any indication of infection - immediately consult a doctor for evaluation.
Aside from that sign, which is obvious. There are some not so obvious health risks associated with bed bugs. Loss of sleep, disruption of your daily life (you have to cover the bed bug bites marks) and treatment costs being just a few. Loss of sleep, for example, can affect your ability to drive as well as your job performance.
How to Prevent Bed Bug Infestation and Its Consequences
Just because bed bugs invaded your home doesn't mean that you have to surrender. Below you'll find a few things that you can do to get rid of them.
- Staying overnight outside of your home presents an excellent opportunity for the bed bugs to transfer to your place. For that reason even if you are staying with relatives or friends check the room you are going to sleep in for the presence of bed bugs and make sure your luggage doesn't get infested.
- When something comes to your home for the first time (furniture, clothing, appliances and stuffed kids animals) inspect it carefully for the little pests.
- When changing the bedding look for signs of bed bugs. After feeding bed bugs retrieve to their hiding spots for days and sometimes weeks which makes their detection hard, if not impossible. In addition, some people have no reaction to bites from bed bugs and for that reason so proactively looking for signs of bed bugs might be the only way o detect their presence.
- Upon returning home from an overnight stay leave your luggage in a place away from the areas of your home you visit most often. Next, wash all your clothes immediately. For items that can be washed - run them through the clothes dryer for about 20-30 minutes and that should be enough to kill bed bugs and their eggs.
Again, there's no evidence that bed bugs cause transmit diseases. Nevertheless, no one wants them in their home sucking your blood while you sleep.
If your home is already infested - give us a call to schedule a visit from one of our experienced pest control technicians who will suggest a customized plan to remove the bed bugs from your home.