Bed bugs are parasitic in nature, as they rely on a host to sustain themselves. Though bed bugs don’t live on their human host, they require their blood to survive. They obtain it through small bites. Sucking blood is so vital to their lifecycle that bed bugs must feed at least once to proceed through several of their life stages. Blood is also crucial to bed bug reproduction. So biting humans is essential to bed bugs. But how do these bites affect you? Below we’ve compiled everything you need to know to handle your bed bug bites.
Basics About Bed Bug Bites
Most bed bug bites occur at night. When you’re sedentary and asleep you emit carbon dioxide, which attracts bed bugs and lets them know it’s time to bite. In one pierce, they can suck blood for up to ten minutes continuously.
Interestingly, most people don’t notice bed bug bites initially, since they are not painful when they occur. Bed bug venom has numbing agents in it that desensitize humans, so most bed bug bites often go unnoticed during the time of bite or blood sucking. The bed bug bites may get noticed during the post-bite process, however. Afterwards, when the numbing agent wears off the day after the bed bug bites occur, the individuals attacked may develop symptoms that include itching, red welts or swelling. However some people will not react to bed bug bites at all.
Can Bed Bug Bites Get You Sick?
Bed bugs have been known to carry diseases, however they are not known to spread them to human beings. Because bed bugs suck blood directly from us, there is a myth that bed bugs can transmit diseases to us. There have been cases that report bed bugs have transmitted leprosy, Q-fever, oriental sores and brucellosis however none of these cases have strong forensic evidence to prove bed bugs were the cause of the illness.
Though the bed bugs don’t spread diseases, bed bug bites can cause itching and swelling on your skin that can be irritating or even painful. In certain cases, the bed bug bites can cause burning sensation and cause sleep disturbances and stress. The damage done by bed bugs is often more psychological than physical. Cases of insomnia and elevated stress can be just as damaging as the physical injuries.
Eliminating Bed Bug Bites
Unfortunately, bed bugs will not go away without your intervention. Though some people have had success with treating bed bugs themselves, a professional bed bug treatment is usually required to get rid of them. If you believe you have suffered bed bug bites, take immediate action to prevent the bed bug infestation from getting out of hand. Don’t be afraid of asking for help or getting a professional to determine if you have a bed bug problem. You’re better off safe than sorry.
Contact a professional, experienced pest control company like Magical Pest Control. A quality pest control company will complete a thorough inspection and find bed bugs anywhere they may be hiding. If bed bugs are discovered, the inspection will be followed up with professional-grade bed bug treatment.