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How Can Bed Bugs Affect Your Health?

The thought of bed bugs in your home likely makes your skin crawl. For some unlucky households, these small critters make the sheets they sleep in their primary residence. What many don’t realize is that an actual bite from one of these creepy crawlers can negatively impact your health far beyond what you may realize, so it’s wise to get rid of them quickly if you notice you have them.

Insomnia and Residual Issues

Bed bugs thrive on both human blood and body heat while you sleep at night. What that means is that when you aren’t there, they may sit patiently in cracks and crevasses around your bed, and when you are there, they are likely drawn directly to you throughout the night.

If you have bed bugs, you may lie awake, making valiant attempts to ward them off. This tireless effort leads to many reports of insomnia. Lack of sleep can really impact your day-to-day life causing irritability, exhaustion, anxiety, depression, and more. What inflames these issues even further is that until you bring in a team like Alexandria Pest Services, the problem will not go away.

Secondary Infections

Once bed bugs have attacked, their bites are about as annoying as a cluster of mosquito bites and they itch just as much.  As you or your family scratch for relief, you are actually injuring the affected areas of your skin with much worse damage than the original bites themselves caused. If any of these bites break open, you are now at risk of a secondary infection from an open wound.

Those allergic to bed bug bites have even more severe itch, further increasing the possibility of secondary infections. Infections including impetigo caused by the staph bacteria or lymphangitis can occur, which is a combination of several bacteria affecting the lymph vessels.

Stop the Spread of Bedbugs in Your Home

Isolating bed bugs may not be possible but there are things you can do to keep them from spreading to other rooms in your home. You want to do what you can to minimize the movements of these bugs in your room and around your house. So, when transporting items such as laundry, put it inside the plastic bag or water-soluble laundry bag that you can put directly in the washing machine. Also be sure to vacuum every room in your home, just in case.

Call in the Pros to Get Rid of Pests for Good!

If you have bed bugs, you take back control of your home! At Alexandria Pest Services, our team of expert technicians will work with you to create a plan to eliminate your pests. If you find that you are having a problem with insects, termites, or other pests and need an exterminator, call Alexandria Pest Services at 703-923-0925 to schedule a professional evaluation. We can help you get rid of these invaders in your home or office! Contact us today to learn more.