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Which Diseases Can You Get from Bed Bugs?

Although capable of carrying disease organisms in their body, bed bugs have never been found to transmit any diseases to humans. This is good news – there shouldn’t be any immediate concern that bed bugs will make you sick. 

There is a lot of misinformation concerning bed bugs transmitting diseases to people. Rumors persist, but there never has been any evidence that bed bugs cause these diseases:

  • Chagas disease
  • Leprosy
  • Q-fever
  • Sores or brucellosis
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Do Bed Bugs Carry Disease?

Bed bugs can harbor human bacteria, viruses, protozoa and other pathogens in their body, even though their bites do not pass disease on to people. This is an important distinction that should tell you that although they won’t make you sick, it’s not something you want in your house either. 

And the quickest way to ensure you effectively eliminate an infestation will always be to work with a professional bed bug exterminator.

Bed bug health risks

You should not lose sleep worrying about getting a dangerous disease from bed bugs, but you should still be motivated to get rid of them in a hurry.

The bites are irritating, and some people end up with more serious symptoms. Welts can form, especially if the bites are scratched. This can also potentially lead to a secondary skin infection. Some people also get allergic reactions including severe anaphylaxis. If this happens, seek medical attention.

Some people also get anxiety and suffer from insomnia during bed bug infestations. Infestations also only get worse the longer they go on, so the longer you wait the more difficult and expensive it will become.

Bed Bug Dangers on Long Island

Getting sick fortunately is not one of the big concerns of bed bugs, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of other reasons to seek help from a professional pest control company immediately.

If you have a full blown infestation on your hands, an experienced bed bug exterminator can save you a lot of time, worry, sleep, and money over the long run.

What Kinds of Diseases Can You Get from Bed Bugs? Serving Long Island and surrounding areas

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