You wake up one morning and discover that your body is covered in itchy red blotches. You can’t stop scratching. You have bed bugs. Should you be worried? Are bed bugs dangerous? Can bed bugs kill you?
Although bed bugs can’t kill you directly, recent research reveals that they carry various dangerous pathogens that, if left untreated, can prove fatal. A recent study from the Natural Link Mold Lab (NLML) shows the little known dangers of bed bugs. Sean Abbott, Ph. D., senior biologist for the NNLML, documented that bed bugs have the ability to carry a number of infection causing bacteria including staphylococcus aureus (staph), bacillus subtilis, and enterobacter cloacae.
Recently, a man contracted a severe bacterial staph infection on his leg from a bed bug while he and his family were vacationing in Tennessee. Fortunately his body reacted positively to the E.R.-prescribed antibiotics, and after two weeks all he was left with was a scar and a story. This man was lucky, but if he didn’t seek immediate medical attention, who knows what might have happened?
So can bed bugs kill you? If you are bitten by a bed bug carrying a dangerous pathogen and you’re unable to get immediate medical treatment, it’s possible that bed bugs can be lethal.
How can I avoid dangerous bed bugs?
Although bed bugs have the potential to be dangerous, there are things you can do to protect yourself. Look for traces of bed bugs like small red or brown stains on your bedding or curtains. If you discover bed bug bites on your body, keep an eye on them. If the bites are followed by pain or the bites get bigger, consult a physician.
If you discover bed bugs in your home, contact a professional bed bug exterminator. At Magical Pest Control, we use a patented heat treatment for bed bugs. Unlike pesticides, heat treatments for bed bugs eliminate bed bug eggs and can get into the cracks and crevices where bed bugs hide.
To learn more about Magical’s heat treatment for bed bugs or discuss other options to kill bed bugs in your home, phone a Magical Pest Control bed bug exterminator at (905) 738-6676 or contact one online. We’d be happy to give you a free over the phone consultation.