Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

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Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

Bed bugs have become an increasing concern in homes and cities across America. Although once thought to have been eradicated, bed bugs have made a major comeback and continue to infest homes, hotels, schools, hospitals, and other structures. These household pests can travel to your home inside baggage, briefcases, used furniture, and even clothing, causing a widespread infestation quickly that requires professional assistance to control.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs feed on blood as their food source. Thus, bed bugs must bite to gain access to blood vessels beneath the skin. Bed bug bites typically cause a mild allergic reaction, which results an itchy red welts around the area of the bite. Although most people find these bites are only an annoyance, there are rare occasions on which a bite can cause a severe allergic reaction that may lead to anaphylaxis. Additionally, excessive scratching of widespread bites can lead to a secondary skin infection, which may require medical treatment to address. However, it is important to note that bed bugs are not capable of carrying or transmitting any diseases or parasites to humans or animals.

Bed Bug Skin

Bed bugs shed their exoskeleton, or cuticle, as they grow, leaving the remains of the cuticle behind. In the case of a large infestation, there may be hundreds or thousands of cuticles present throughout the home. The presence of decaying cuticles has been known to exacerbate respiratory conditions such as asthma, which may lead to the need for increased use of medication or even professional medical treatment.

At Essential Pest Management, we can help you eliminate the stress and worry of a bedbug infestation with fast, effective bed bug control in the Tucson area. Take a look through our website or check out our blog for more information on preventing and eradicating common pests, or call (520) 886-3029 to reach us about residential or commercial pest control and management solutions.

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