Will a Bed Bug bite spread Disease?

About the Bed Bug Bites

bed bug biteBed Bugs are one of the insects people fear. These are small flat insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals.  They are reddish brown and can go along time without a blood meal.  

With that said, bedbugs do not spread disease, even-though the blood they drink may have disease in the blood according to the recent studies of scientist in the industry. 

Bed bug bites are painless. However, the saliva from their glands can cause infection as you scratch as it begins to itch. When you wake up in the morning you will notice welts on your upper extremities around you chest, back and arms. Bed bugs are attracted to you co2 as you breath. Although you can get infected by scratching the bite, they do not spread disease.

Where are Bed Bugs Found?

Lets face it.  Bed bugs are located all over the world. United States are seeing an increase in the explosion of bed bugs.  Bed Bugs are not confined to dirty facilities.  Hotels, motels, hospitals all have bed bugs at one time or another. But to ask the question were are the bugs found in your home?  The answer is were you sleep. They come out at night attracted by your co2 from your exhaling when you breathe.  They administer an anesthetic into your skin and proceed to suck your blood.

Do bed bug bites spread disease

Bed bug are not know to spread disease. Although they suck blood that may have some type of infection, they will not pass that on. That anomaly is not known.  When you are bitten by a bed bug you will itch. Your excessive itching my cause you to scratch to the point of abrasion and then you can develop a secondary infection.

Signs and Symptoms of Bed Bugs

Bed bug tell tale signs are easy to identify, at least for Truly Green Pest Control. Usually you will notice marks on your face, legs, upper chest area when you get out of the bed the next day. These bite do not show up right away on some people. It may take up to a week before you notice these bed bug signs. Memorize these signs to help you identify bugs:

  • the bed bugs’ exoskeletons
  • bed bugs …fold of mattresses …sheets,
  • rusty–colored blood spots on pillows and sheets
  • sweet musty odor.

Client Preparation Checklist for CT Bed Bug Control in Residences

  • Remove all electrical wall plates, phone jack plates and light switch covers.
  • Remove paintings and mirrors from walls.
  • All electronic equipment should remain in the areas for treatment.
  • Remove the front panel from heating/air conditioning units if in close proximity to bed.
  • Take clothing and other belongings out of all drawers, nightstands, tables, closets, wardrobes and similar storage areas and launder as per directions located at the end of this page. Ensure all garments are transported from the infested area in sealed bags or containers when transporting to the laundry facility to prevent spreading of the insects to non-infested areas. Discard plastic bags used to transport items immediately in an exterior garbage bin.
  • Any loose clothing (garments found outside of a dresser, under the bed or closet) must be bagged and laundered as per Laundry Directions. Discard plastic bags used for transportation of these items into an exterior garbage bin.
  • Remove all bedding and pillows. Place in bags and take to the laundry room where they can be placed directly into the washing machine using hot water and/or placed into a dryer as indicated in the step above. Refer to Laundry Directions.
  • Remove drapery in rooms, bag and immediately launder professionally. Alternatively, drapery may be vacuumed and treated with steam while hanging in the infested room.
  • Vacuum the floor extensively. Remove the vacuum bag immediately and discard in an exterior garbage receptacle.
  • Articles under the beds provide an ideal place for bedbugs to hide. All clothing or garments must be bagged and laundered. Larger items that were previously stored under the bed should not be moved as bedbugs may be relocated into other areas of the structure.
  • It is necessary for you and your pets to vacate the premises during the service and to not re-enter until at least 4 hours after treatment. Fish aquariums may be left on site, however, they should be covered and air filters must be disconnected. Persons with underlying health conditions should consult their family physician where they have concerns regarding re-entry time.
  • LAUNDRY DIRECTIONS: It is necessary that all garments be laundered in hot water (>60°C or >140°F) or placed into a dryer on the highest setting for a minimum of 30 minutes (>40°C or >104°F). The dryer must be capable of reaching a temperature of >40°C to kill all stages and not be loaded to more than 50% capacity. All laundered items must remain out of the treatment area during service. Clothing and fabrics associated with beds/sofas cannot be treated with pesticides due to the prolonged contact with skin. It is for this reason that this step is crucial and necessary to ensure the treatment program does not fail with the re-introduction of bedbugs from infested clothing.

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