The Risks of Bedbugs

Summer’s here, and if you’re one of the unlucky ones, so are bed bugs. For one reason or another, they tend to come out when it’s warm and humid, infesting anything from box springs to throw pillows. These parasites feed on human blood and appear reddish-brown in color – most unfortunately, though, is that they can be dormant for several months, surviving without food.

They’re not known to be the type of bugs to spread disease the way ticks or mosquitoes do, but they’re most certainly difficult to live with. Their bites affect every person differently; for some, it’s just a mild itching, but for others, it’s an allergic reaction that could lead to a skin infection. For all, though, a bed bug infestation is bound to result in a loss of sleep – some people end up getting rid of their mattresses.

The unfortunate thing is that every home is equally at risk from getting bed bugs. They can travel on clothes, in luggage, and in just about any type of fabric, so if you travel often, you might want to treat your bed and sofas with a powerful bedbug spray. Steam cleaners and insect growth regulators are also useful, especially if you’re fairly certain they are present in your home.

If you’ve been bitten by bed bugs you’re typically at no serious medical risk; however, it’s your best bet to avoid scratching. Most people are unaware that they’ve been bitten for several days to several weeks. However, immediately after you’ve identified a bed bug bite, it’s a good idea to begin treating your home.