Do Bed Bugs Carry Disease?

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. So let’s get right to the heart of the matter: do bed bugs carry disease?

Don’t Get Too Worried
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 any of those diseases directly 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. Remember, though, that 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. And in some cases, bites could even result in severe allergic reactions.

Before your anxiety goes through the roof, it’s important to ensure you have bed bugs in the first place. Don’t get tricked by their doppelgangers.

Such a Nuisance
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—in addition to the worry you may have about getting rid of them and what others will think if they find out about your bug problem. 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. Because so many students move in and out of dormitories, and there’s a high turnover rate, these uninvited hitchhikers are popular guests on college campuses, especially in Columbus.

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. But rest assured, there are solutions and treatments that will eliminate them completely—and discreetly.

Bed Bugs Begone
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