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Health Affects of Bed Bugs

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The bite is painless. The salivary fluid injected by bed bugs typically causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed, although individuals can differ in their sensitivity. A small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bite. This is accompanied by severe itching that lasts for several hours to days. Scratching may cause the welts to become infected. The amount of blood loss due to bed bug feeding typically does not adversely affect the host.

Negative health affects are minimal, with some individuals respond to bed bug infestations with anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to transmit disease. Additional adverse affects can include skin rashes, allergic symptoms, and psychological impacts.

 

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  1. Hallo Welt! | Der Propagazzi says

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  2. Brian Reynolds says

    Bed bugs are a serious problem here in Florida. Not to mention the difficulty in eradicating them. Many residents think if they leave the home for a long time the pest will die. Unfortunately, bed bugs survive up to 11 months with no food! Great post on bed bugs.

  3. A3 says

    @Bill Sanders
    While chemical resistance is a HUGE problem when facing bed bugs, a more important factor is education. If the general public was educated on bed bugs, in means of transportation, infestation, etc., I think we would be seeing less problems. Granted, problems would still arise, but they would be easier to eradicate without the use of chemicals that have been deemed “too dangerous”. Who knows, we may have to bring other things back. I have heard a lot of talk about allowing Propoxur to be used for bed bug treatments.

  4. Bill Sanders says

    I think we need to bring back some of the effective products. Our team here at pest control Portland thinks that EPA should temporarily lift restrictions on the most effective products. The states could further regulate from there. Outside of that, we see no end to the bed bug epidemic.

  5. A3 says

    Thank goodness for no disease transmission!