Bed Bug FAQs: Do They Carry Diseases?

October 1, 2014 by Doug Moore


You see a lot of bed bugs info in the news these days. That’s because bed bugs have come back from near elimination to become a national problem again.

Twenty years ago, children grew up wondering just what the old-timers meant when they said “don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Now children are learning how to help their parents inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs!

Most of the bed bugs info is focused on prevention, and that’s a good thing. But the bed bugs info a lot of people don’t know is: Why should I be concerned? Will  they make me sick? Do they carry disease?

Yes and No

Bed bugs do carry pathogens, but they have never been shown to transmit them to their human and pet victims. So they do carry disease, but you don’t need to worry about it.

And bed bugs won’t make most people sick. In fact, about 30 percent of people show no symptoms from bed bug bites. But bed bugs do make some people ill if they have allergic reactions.

And even for people who aren’t allergic, bed bugs can cause bad itching, and if you scratch too much, it can lead to an infection. So an important piece of bed bugs info that everyone should know if they have been bitten is: Fight the urge to scratch.

Confronting the Issue

There’s another health concern to consider, if you don’t take care of the problem. If bed bugs aren’t exterminated, they will continue to take over a residence until your mental health can suffer. Sleeplessness, anxiousness, depression, and low self-esteem are all understandable, natural, and common reactions to bed bug infestations.

So should you be concerned? Absolutely. The bed bug info that you should never forget is that if you have reason to suspect you have bed bugs in your home, don’t delay in taking action. If you’re renting, immediately contact your landlord. If you own, immediately call a pest control specialist.

Bed bugs are a manageable problem with professional assistance, but left to their own, bed bugs can cause ongoing physical discomfort, possible serious allergies, and a lot of mental distress.

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