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Do bed bugs carry disease?

August 18, 2014

Bed bugs are a common fear for most people, and for good reason – bed bugs can quickly turn into a structure-wide infestation, causing physical pain as well as psychological damage and suffering. Even worse, there are numerous misconceptions and myths surrounding bed bugs, including their ability to carry infectious diseases and cause cross-contamination from bites. In short, do bed bugs carry disease?

Although they have the potential to carry pathogens and viruses, bed bugs are not known to be typical carriers of infectious diseases. Put simply, bed bugs can carry diseases, but are not known to transmit them to humans. In fact, there are no reported cases of infection due to a bed bug bite. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that regardless of what bed bugs may feed on, they do not transmit diseases when carried from host to host. The real danger with bed bugs is excessive itching due to bed bug bites, which could cause skin damage or a possible secondary skin infection. In some cases, bites could even result in severe allergic reactions.

Unfortunately, bed bugs usually have a more direct effect on you and your family. In addition to itchy, sleepless nights, bed bugs are difficult to get rid of and can cause immense levels of stress and anxiety for long periods of time. A bed bug infestation usually results in restless nights, from the bites themselves and the worry you may have about getting rid of them and what others will think if they find out. Without treatment, bed bugs can potentially devastate both your household and your peace of mind.

Over the past few years, bed bugs have become a serious problem in metropolitan areas – Columbus, Ohio, has actually recently been named among the worst bed bug cities in Ohio. Throughout Ohio, many pest control companies have reported increases in bed bug-related calls and jobs. If you have any questions regarding bed bugs or are worried you may have them, contact a professional immediately. There are solutions and treatments that will eliminate them completely – and discreetly.

Scherzinger Termite and Pest Control is a trusted pest control company in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas, including Dayton, OH, and now Columbus, OH. We've been pioneers, engineering new standards for ways of eliminating and controlling bugs and pests. Contact us by phone at 1-877-748-9888 or via web inquiry, Facebook or Twitter.

Authored By: Eric Scherzinger

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