The health risks of bed bugs

bed bug health risks

The dangers of bed bugs to our health and safety

We all know the saying ‘Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite’, but we never think anything of it.

However, bed bugs are a real and common problem in households.

Unlike other pests, bed bugs don’t necessarily cause much structural damage to your home, but they can pose risks to one’s health and lifestyle.

If left untreated and ignored, beg bug infestation can worsen and this will have even more serious consequences for your health.

If you suspect an insect infestation, call a trained pest control company.

Here are some common health risks of bed bugs in your home:

1.Bites become infected

When you have bed bug bites, they can be very itchy indeed.

Because they bit at night when we are most still and in bed, the likelihood is that we will scratch them in our sleep without knowing.

Excessive itching will lead to small wounds and this means that germs and bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection.

If left untreated, bed bug bites can cause bacterial skin infections, cellulitis and impetigo.

If you experience hotness around the bites, expanding redness on the skin and bumps become swollen and painful to touch, then you may have an infection.

If so, you must seek professional medical advice from your local GP.

2.Allergic reactions

Allergic reactions to bites or stings is a very common health risk, and can be very serious too.

Being bitten by bed bugs can cause severe allergic reaction, which may lead in the most serious of cases, to a life-threatening situation.

Those who are allergic to bites could experience:

  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Wheezing and a tight chest
  • Swollen tongue
  • Itchy lips and face
  • Tight throat

If you suspect a severe allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.

3.Lack of sleep

The constant itching, fear of being bitten and thought of little bugs crawling all over you and your bed can cause sleep deprivation, which has its own risks.

Sleep deprivation can lead to a lack of concentration, accidents and even heart disease!

4.Increased feelings of stress

Living with a bed bug infestation is stressful and worrying.

If you are living in a stressful environment for a long time, there are further mental health risks such as anxiety, which may lead to other health problems too.

If you suspect a bed bug infestation, then it is important to solve the problem right away by hiring a pest control company.