‘Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.’
You’ve probably heard that classic childhood adage more than once, courtesy your parents. Hearing it repeatedly in a joke-like, cliché way likely had a desensitizing affect, where you’d scoff at the thought of bed bugs, brushing them off as harmless. What can those little guys do, really?
Well, in spite of that harmless slogan, a bed bug infestation is a real threat to your well-being and should be taken seriously. They can wreak havoc on your home, your health, your loved ones, and even your mental well-being. If they’re not taken care of hastily, you’ll be robbed of money, time, and sleep.
It’s not embarrassing to admit you have a bed bug problem; bed bugs aren’t a sign that you or your home is unclean. It’s better to face a bed bug infestation head on, before it manifests into a serious, permanent problem.
These are some effects of a bed bug infestation if you ignore the signs of bed bugs symptoms in your home.
Exposing Others to Bed Bug Infestations
Before we get into the personal damage of ignoring a bed bug infestation, think about how it affects others. The most obvious would be your family – maybe you (think) dealing with bed bugs isn’t a big deal, and will shrug it off for as long as possible. Your family likely doesn’t agree, and will be bothered by the little pests one way or another (bed bug bites or other frustrations).
The cunning pests can cling onto clothing when you go out to visit friends, too. Naturally, you’ll be exposing your pals to a newfound hassle you were too lazy or naïve to deal with.
Unless you’re planning to isolate yourself with your bed bug buddies and never emerge to see the light of day, ignoring bed bug symptoms will eventually hinder people you associate with.
Travel Risks and Bed Bug Bites
Can’t wait to getaway on vacation? Make sure you aren’t smuggling any extra passengers on your flight.
While bed bugs are a common risk when staying at a hotel or similar, there’s no need to guarantee a vacation filled with bed bug bites by taking them with you. Bed bugs have a proclivity for finding their way into suitcases and clothes, and transporting them to your destination is a sure-fire recipe for an unpleasant holiday.
A vacation is for you to enjoy, not the bloodsuckers tagging along for the all-you-can-eat human buffet.
Lack of Sleep and Stress
Bed bug infestations are known to keep people up at night. Whether it’s from irritating bed bug bites, or the maddening thought that they’re roaming throughout your sheets, it’s hard to feel comfortable with them around. We don’t think we need to tell you that people are notoriously cranky and stressed out when they don’t get enough shuteye.
Another source of stress via bed bugs is the added time spent washing clothes, decluttering your home of optimal bed bug bases, and other bed bug treatment prep. It’s a lot of wasted time and aggravation that’ll result in nothing but stress. Having to spend money on treatment and supplies only makes the ordeal that much worse.
Of any place on the planet, your home is where you should feel safe and secure. Being denied sleep and peace of mind leads to stress, which causes a myriad of health problems in itself.
Anxiety, Depression, and Your Mental Health
When it comes to mental health and bed bug infestations, we’re not talking speaking in a delusional parasitosis sense.
Tying to the preceding point on stress, a bed bug infestation can lead to anxiety and depression in rare occurrences. Anxiety develops from the lingering sense that the bed bugs are all over your home, and you don’t know when or where they’ll strike next. ‘When will it end’ becomes a mantra that’ll itch at you like a real bed bug bite.
If the anxiety gets severe, depression becomes a real possibility. A defeated approach against bed bugs will not only have them commandeering your home as theirs, but affect virtually every aspect of your life, too. While this is rare, there have been reported cases of overlooked bed bug symptoms leading to more severe mental health afflictions.
The Risk of Anemia
Full disclosure: the chance of getting anemia from bed bug bites is very slim. But in the words of genius Lloyd Christmas, we’re saying there’s a chance.
If you have a massive bed bug infestation and you’re just getting mercilessly feasted on, you could develop anemia, a condition defined by a dearth of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood. Anemia causes weariness, exhaustion, and pallor (you’ll look like a ghost).
Being at risk of anemia for other reasons should be more than enough of a kick in the pants to start getting rid of bed bugs in your home; letting them linger only increases your chances of contracting the condition.
Don’t ignore a bed bug infestation in your home; it’ll cause you more stress and problems down the road. If you need help getting rid of bed bugs immediately, Magical Pest’s bed bug control division is always ready for battle.
Call Magical Pest’s specialized Bed Bug Removal Division for advice at 905-738-6676.