The Medical Issues with Bed Bugs

September 24, 2014 by Doug Moore

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Fortunately, bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to people or pets. But there are a couple of medical problems you should be aware of:

  • It can be hard to resist scratching the itches that bed bug bites can cause. It’s easy to break the skin, which can lead to infection.
  • Some people are allergic to bed bug bites.

If you have signs of bed bug bites that are causing you discomfort, it’s a good idea to use antibiotic or antiseptic ointments to prevent infections, along with antihistamines or corticosteroids to counter any possible allergic reactions. You can use over-the-counter medications or visit a doctor to get stronger prescription medications.

But a doctor won’t be able to tell you definitively that you’re suffering from bed bug bites. The proof has to come from evidence of bed bugs in your home.

The Residence Problem

The obvious first step if you think you have bed bug bites is to look for indications of bed bugs in your home—tiny red blots on your sheets, molted bed bug skins, minuscule eggs, and of course the bed bugs themselves.

But bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to identify, locate, and exterminate, even for professionals. And even if you do find signs of bed bugs, you’re still going to need a professional to get rid of them because it’s almost impossible to locate and reach them all  without professional expertise and tools (like electric heaters).

So your best bet is to call a professional (like a canine scent detection team!) to check if you have a problem and get rid of it if you do.

For more information about bed bugs, heat treatment, and canine bed bug scent detection, click here.

For more information about bed bugs, heat treatment, and canine bed bug scent detection, click here.

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