Bed Bugs and Your Health

January 16, 2019

When most of us think about diseases and biting pests we usually consider mosquitoes or ticks. Not often do we think about bed bugs. While it is true that bed bugs do not spread disease as mosquitoes or ticks do, they can cause some issues with your health regardless. Let’s take a closer look at bed bugs and your health.

First of all, bed bugs do not spread diseases to humans, that we know of yet. That should be a weight off your mind if you are dealing with a bed bug infestation in your home, office, dorm, or school. They can, however, have negative effects on your health such as itchy, annoying bites,  insomnia, increased anxiety and, in some cases, anemia due to blood loss.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, bed bugs feed on humans and other warm-blooded hosts, in order to survive and reproduce. They find a host by detecting carbon dioxide emitted from warm-blooded people or animals and respond to warmth/moisture. In order to feed, they penetrate the skin of the host and inject a salivary fluid that contains an anticoagulant to help them obtain blood.

Once a host (you or your family members) has discovered s/he is being targeted each night, there may be a level of anxiety and stress to finding and eliminating these pests. Obviously hiring a professional team of exterminators will be the first step and after treatments, your mind should be put to rest. Until that time, however, many homeowners who are experiencing bed bugs find that they suffer from insomnia and high anxiety. After all, this is a stressful situation.

In addition to insomnia, some people who experience bed bugs do have some health problems. For example, there are some who are allergic and will need to seek treatment immediately to stop the itch or the rash. In other cases, hosts have been drained of blood so often that they suffer from anemia. These cases should be seen by a doctor immediately to resolve the symptoms and put you on the path to recovery quickly.

If you are experiencing bed bugs and need assistance in eliminating them from your home or business, call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321. Our team can create a treatment plan and even use our canine detection program to root out the locations of your infestation.

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