Do Bed Bugs Spread Disease?

Bed bugs suck. There’s no other way to put it. Here at B&B Exterminating in Jacksonville we are often asked if bed bugs spread disease. The short answer is no, they are not capable of spreading disease to humans and pets.

For the most part they are harmless, but they can cause rashes and itching in some people. But you have to remember that some people are extremely allergic to these pests.

In this article we will discuss ways to get those bed bugs out of your home and away from your family and pets. Here are some ways bed bugs can affect you and how to avoid getting sick as a result.

Can Bed Bugs Spread Disease?

If you get an itchy bite from a bed bug, the most likely cause is an allergic reaction, according to an article in Medical News Today. This is why it’s important to take steps to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home, as well as the bed itself. 

Here are some ways you can avoid contracting or transmitting an infectious disease to another person or a pet when you sleep: 

  • Make sure your mattresses and pillows are always washed regularly.
  • Be sure to check your other couches and recliners.
  • Inspect where your pets sleep.

How To Avoid Getting Sick From Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs do not spread disease and people rarely show any symptoms of being sick. If a person has a severe allergic reaction, there can be serious consequences. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that allergic reactions to bed bugs can cause rashes and welts and some people may even experience anaphylaxis. 

What Is the Deal With Bed Bug Bites?

Bed bugs can be found in almost any type of space where people sleep, including hotel rooms, cars, airplanes, hospitals, and offices. These bugs are good hitchhikers, which means they’re much more likely to bite you directly. 

They hitch a ride on clothing or furniture before landing in your bed. Bed bugs have several ways they can spread allergens to their hosts. 

Bed bugs can spread allergens to humans through the bites they cause. This is often the case when someone is unaware they have an infestation. 

Bed bugs can also carry various organisms such as lice, mites, and the bacteria Campylobacter. 

Itchy Bites and Allergic Reactions

The exact cause of these symptoms is unknown, but there are a few things that can increase your chances of allergic reactions from bed bugs. You may already have had an allergic reaction to something, such as pollen or dust mites. The rashes from a bed bug will be similar.

Sores, Scabs, and Blisters

You may not think bed bugs can cause sores. but in some people, bed bug bites can cause itchy welts, swelling, and even a skin rash.

In other people, bed bug bites can cause blisters, sooty lesions, eczema-like lesions, and blisters or lesions that can turn into infected ulcers. In these cases, it’s known as cutaneous larva migrans.

This skin reaction is more common in people who have sensitive skin. 

Unfortunately these pests will go anywhere they please, even inside your mouth when you are sleeping. Chomping on bed bugs can transmit bacteria. As stated above, bed bugs aren’t the ideal meal. 

3 Tips to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

  • Clean everything: We mean it, especially sheets and any other bedding.
  • Always dry clothes using high heat: This will kill any remaining pests after washing.
  • Go over your mattress with a good stiff brush: Vacuum as you brush your mattress, especially where the seams meet.

Why You Can Rely on B&B Exterminating To Get Rid of Your Bed Bugs

This is by far the easiest and most long lasting way to rid yourself of bed bugs. Professional exterminators know exactly where to look for and how to best treat these nasty critters. 

We’ve proudly served our customers in the Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas since 1938. In all of that time we’ve never stopped learning about getting rid of your pests. From bed bugs to the largest of pests, we can take on any pest removal. 

By requesting a pest inspection, our professional technicians will be able to get to the root of the problem. They will make a plan with you and then all you have to do is sit back and relax. Contact B&B Exterminating Co today to get started.