When bed bugs get into your Merrimac home, they're going to bite you. They can't help it. Bed bugs feed on blood, and they have a preference for human blood. So, at the very least, you're going to have bites on your skin. You probably already know that. But how bad is it when bed bugs bite you? Should you be concerned? Let's take a moment to look at the factors you need to consider.

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Rarely One Bite

First, it is important to realize that each bed bug bites more than once. Often they bite three times. Entomologists jokingly refer to these bites as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each meal takes about 5 to 10 minutes, and they occur one after the other. If a bed bug bites you, you're likely to find three bites in a line or a slight zig-zag pattern on your skin. If eight bed bugs bite you, you're likely to find twenty-four bites on your skin. That's a lot of bites. This is the first way bed bugs can be harmful to you. The sheer number of bites can create a problem.

  • Several bites that itch can drive you crazy and make you scratch them. If you do, the bite wounds can become open wounds. This can lead to infection. Most of the time, this won't be dangerous. You'll treat infections before they get too bad. But children that deal with bed bugs and scratch wounds until they bleed can get an infection and not let you know it. Keep this in mind if you have kids and bed bugs get into your home. Monitor your children closely.

  • When a bug bites you several times and repeatedly over time, it can lead to anemia. This is a condition where you don't have enough red blood cells to convey oxygen to body tissue adequately. We recommend looking at the symptoms of anemia if you have bed bugs in your home so you can be alerted to danger.

Bed Bugs And Disease

All it takes is one bite from an infected insect to make you very sick. Living in Merrimac, Massachusetts, we're all aware that bugs can transmit diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and West Nile virus. But how dangerous are bed bugs? We have some good news and bad news. Let's start with the bad:

Bad News — In science experiments and lab testing, bed bugs have demonstrated the ability to carry and transmit human pathogens, such as Chagas disease. This is certainly a cause for concern.

Good News — There are currently no reported cases of bed bug-to-human disease transmission in the real world. There are many reasons for this. One of the most noteworthy is that most of the bed bugs that bite you are your bed bugs. What do we mean? They hatch in your home, and they only feed on you. If you don't have someone who has Chagas disease sleeping in your bed, you have little to fear from bed bugs.

The Real Danger Bed Bugs Present

These insects can torment you. They are difficult to exterminate. They'll come out routinely to feed on you at night. They'll grow their population and cause more bites over time, and the bites will become more severe as you grow more sensitive to the anticoagulant in the saliva of the bugs.

  • You're likely to lose sleep and start to deal with the symptoms of sleep deprivation. People experience depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide when they're deprived of sleep. They also lose cognitive ability. This can lead to failed tests at school or a failure to accomplish tasks at work. If you go long enough without sleep, you can lose motor skills, making you dangerous when you operate a vehicle or heavy machinery.

  • When you attempt to exterminate bed bugs, you can spend a ton of energy, time, and money, only to continue to have bed bugs.

  • There are many methods for exterminating bed bugs; some of them can be far more dangerous than the bugs themselves. Property owners and residents have burned their properties to the ground, exterminating bed bugs with heat.

  • When your family and friends discover you have bed bugs, it can endanger your social life. It's hard to organize a birthday party or anniversary when you have a bed bug infestation.

Merrimac Bed Bug Control

If you have bed bugs, don't battle them yourself. Get freedom from your bed bug woes by reaching out to Freedom Pest Control. We have bed bug control services that work to get rid of these bugs in Merrimac properties. Let us guide you in finding the right solution for your needs and budget. Reach out to us today. We're here to help.


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