Psychological Effects of Bed Bugs

February 16, 2016 by Doug Moore

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When we think about the effects of crimes such as robberies and assaults, we don’t just think about the stolen property or the victims’ physical injuries.

We also consider the emotional consequences of these offenses, which often last longer and are thus much more difficult for victims to overcome.

While the aforementioned crimes are perpetrated by people, insects can be almost as psychologically destructive.

Bed bug infestations are a growing problem in the United States, and even though most people believe that these creatures are relatively harmless and easy to exterminate from homes, the emotional impact of bed bug infestations is long-lasting and detrimental to homeowners.

Studies have shown that bed bug infestations can lead to increased anxiety, nightmares, insomnia, and even depression. Some of these symptoms are characteristic of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

On the surface, this may sound a bit far-fetched; after all, how can a bed bug infestation be linked to a condition that is frequently found in soldiers returning home from war?

However, the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and feeling safe in one’s bed can never be understated. Simply put, if people can’t relax in bed, they will be sleep-deprived, causing them to feel increasingly worse during the day and ruining their motor skills.

Some individuals may even feel embarrassed by a bed bug infestation, deeming it their own fault for not cleaning enough or checking their mattresses.

Considering the negative short and long-term consequences of bed bug infestations, nobody wants these unwanted intruders crawling around their homes.

One of the best ways to prevent bed bug problems is to purchase and install bed bug mattress encasements.

These covers trap and kills bed bugs by cutting them off from food and water. Some of the best bed bug encasements can be found by clicking here.

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

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