Bed bugs are notoriously sneaky and difficult to exterminate. Bed bugs travel well because they are fast moving and have flat bodies that allow them to fit into a variety of small spaces. Once bed bugs invade your home, they spread and multiply quickly. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, you should call pest control immediately. Here are five ways that bed bugs can affect your health:
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1. They Drink Your Blood:
While ticks and flees feed on animals, the bed bug diet consists primarily of human blood. While humans can easily recover a small amount of blood loss, multiple bites over time can take a toll on your system and even cause anemia. If you are facing an infestation, make sure that you are eating plenty of foods that are rich in iron as well as fruits and vegetables.
2. They Poop In Your Sheets:
If you have, or have had, a bed bug infestation, you probably noticed brown spots in your sheets. While some of the lighter brown spots may be dry blood, the darker brown spots are actually bed bug feces.
3. They Cause Allergies:
While some people are only mildly affected by bed bug bites, others can have a major allergic reaction. If your bites are very swollen and itchy, you may want to consider an over the counter allergy medication like Zyrtec or Claritin to help.
4. Infection Risk:
While infections are rare, it is possible for a bed bug bite to become infected. Avoid scratching any bed bug bite, and use an over the counter antibacterial ointment to avoid infection.
5. They Disrupt Sleep:
Having critters biting you at night can seriously disrupt your sleep schedule. Losing sleep can negatively impact your brain and immune system causing a variety of minor and major health issues.
If you suspect bed bugs, you’ll need to have a thorough bed bug treatment. Your pest control expert can help advise you on how to prepare and what to expect on extermination day.