One of the worst types of pests that residents in Phoenix have to deal with is bed bugs. They are frustrating bugs that can impact your health and disrupt your life. Today, we're going to take a look at a few of the most important ways bed bugs cause problems when they get into Phoenix homes. Here's what you need to know.
Bed Bugs Bite
When bed bugs get into your home, they're going to bite you. Bed bugs feed on blood, and they have a preference for human blood. This is why they are almost exclusively indoor pests. You would be hard-pressed to find bed bugs living anywhere in the wild.
How bad are bed bug bites?
The severity of bed bug bites depends on a few factors, such as how often you're bitten, how old the bed bugs are, and how sensitive you are to the anticoagulant in bed bug saliva. Your bites may be nothing more than tiny red bumps or they could be painful swollen bites surrounded by a rash.
How often do bed bugs bite?
Bed bugs feed at random times. Days, and even months, can go by between feedings. This is one of the reasons bed bugs are hard to control. When bites don't appear for days, it can seem like you're winning the battle.
How many bites can I expect to get?
One bed bug is likely to bite you three times in a night. These bites will appear in a line or slight zig-zag pattern. As your infestation grows, the number of bites will grow significantly. You can expect six bugs to leave eighteen wounds on your skin.
Do bed bugs have venom?
When a bug bites you, there is a concern that it could have dangerous venom. Bed bugs do not have any venom.
Do bed bugs transmit diseases?
When a bug bites you, there is a disease concern. There are many bugs that can make you deathly ill, or spread diseases to you that have life-long implications. At this time, bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to people. But, while there are currently no cases of bed bug-to-human disease transmission, recent studies have shown that bed bugs are capable of carrying and transmitting diseases under the right circumstances.
Social Impact Of Bed Bugs
If having bugs that torment you with bites while you sleep isn't bad enough, bed bugs also wreck your social life. Your home is where life happens. You have birthdays, graduation parties, reunions, anniversaries, and all of the other important gatherings of life. You also gather for smaller things, like cards with friends, backyard cookouts, and football parties. Bed bugs can make people avoid coming over to your home, and this can lead to isolation.
Bed bugs can also impact your kids. When other kids find out that your kids have bed bugs at home, they can treat them like they have the plague. No one wants to have these bugs come home with them, and few people understand how they spread and how you can stop them from spreading.
Sleep Deprivation And Anemia
When a bed bug infestation is allowed to continue, it can cause system health conditions. Why on earth would you let bed bugs live with you? You wouldn't, on purpose. What often happens is people try to get rid of bed bugs on their own and they realize after months of battling them that they should have hired a licensed professional when they first detected the problem. Bed bugs are hard to get rid of, and when you don't get rid of them, it can lead to sleepless nights and ongoing bites. Sleepless nights can cause many medical issues, not the least of which are depression and anxiety. Ongoing bites can cause anemia, which begins with mild symptoms but can become quite severe.
Bed Bug Control In Phoenix
If you live in Phoenix, contact Green Home Pest Control when you detect bed bugs in your home. We use field-tested strategies to eliminate bed bugs and we guide residents toward a long-term preventative solution. Reach out to us for advice or to schedule bed bug service today. We can help.