Just the idea of bed bugs will cause many of us to shiver with both fear and disgust. Bed bug infestations are once again on the rise. These little critters (also known as Cimex lectularius) received their common name of bed bugs because they love making their home in our beds.
Do Bed Bugs Cause Disease?
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, “Bed bugs, a problem worldwide, are resurging, causing property loss, expense, and inconvenience. The good news is that bed bugs do not transmit disease. The best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for signs of an infestation.” So, the good news is, while bed bugs bite, you do not need to fear the spread of disease.
The Real Dangers of Bed Bugs
However, there are still dangers. Some people are not affected at all, but others will have signs of bite marks. While they are not considered dangerous, some people can have a very serious allergic reaction to bites. If this happens, seek immediate medical attention.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
So, how do you get bed bugs? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states, “Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They can move from an infested site to a new home by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing.” Moreover, while they typically feed every week or so on blood, they can live up to a year without food.
How To Prevent A Bed Bug Infestation
Here are a few tips to prevent an infestation:
- Check used beds and furniture for signs of bed bugs,
- Use a protective cover on mattresses and box-springs,
- De-clutter your home and eliminate hiding places,
- Vacuum frequently including rugs, furniture, and beds,
- Be cautious when using public laundromats, and
- Consider a portable heating chamber to treat suspected items.
While prevention is the ideal, it is not always successful. The sooner you find them, the better. If an infestation has taken hold, you will need to contact a bed bug control professional.
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