Bedbugs are one of the few insects that feed almost exclusively on human blood. In this what-just-bit-me blog, we talk about the health hazards associated with bed bugs.
Bedbugs and the Epidemic
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bed bugs do not pose any health hazard. They are not like fleas, which also bite humans and can spread bubonic plague. They are not like mosquitoes, which are vessels that spread of malaria and yellow fever.
So what is the big deal with bed bugs? Besides the fact that they are just plain gross, the problem is that they are everywhere.
Bedbugs are spread by humans who bring them from one place to the next. Your visiting cousins from New Mexico or your sisters from California could potentially bring unwanted pests into your home.
There is an entire site devoted to alerting travelers to hotels that are known to be infested with bed bugs. They are simply everywhere.
Are There Health Issues Associated with Bedbugs?
One of the most common issues that people have from these pests is that the bites are itchy. Nobody wants to have itchy bite marks all over them.
Another problem is that the bites are unsightly. They are often reddish and can be accompanied by a welt, which makes them a social concern and even a hindrance.
Currently, the biggest health issue that people face from bedbug bites is an allergic reaction. The degree by which people suffer from an allergic reaction depends on many factors, but they can be quite serious, triggering asthma attacks and anaphylaxis.
Of recent concern is a scientific study that indicated that bed bugs could become a vector for a possible 45 pathogens that would easily make bed bugs extremely dangerous. As discussed above, there are already examples of how pathogens (disease causing bacteria or virus) use insects as an intermediate host until they can gain entrance to a human host.
Malaria, Chagas, plague, Lyme disease and many other diseases are all examples of natural ways for insects to become biological vessels of diseases that affect humans.
Getting Rid of Bedbugs
If you have a bedbug infestation, call Snowball Pest Control. We are the experts when it comes to bedbug extermination. The treatment of bed bugs needs to be handled by a professional because these pests are immune to most pesticides.
The key to killing them off is using a combination of steam and heat. Bedbugs are known to live in beds, between mattresses and in other places in proximity to where people sleep. They are nocturnal, so you may not see them.
Put your fears to rest with an inspection by the qualified exterminators at Snowball Pest Control. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.