You’ve been having a hard time clocking in a good rest due to the itchy bite marks that interfere with your much-needed respite. Unfortunately, your mattress offers the perfect environment for insects looking for dead skin, saliva, sweat and other bodily fluids to feed on for sustenance. One of such insects is the notorious bed bug, the true bloodsucker of the night.
In addition to those itchy bites, these pesky insects can negatively affect your overall wellbeing. Whilst they may not be transmitters of various diseases, they can still be rather concerning as a whole. If you’re wondering how your life can be drastically affected by these bugs, we’ll let you know how.
1. Allergic reactions
The effects of a bed bugs’ bite differ from person to person. If you’re lucky, all you’ll get are a few red bumps here and there which you can brush off with ease. But this may not be the case if you’re allergic. Your immune system may react when exposed to the antigen or toxin in the bed bug’s saliva. Most allergic reactions are harmless, but severe ones can leave you in an anaphylactic shock. If this happens, you would have to seek immediate medical attention to prevent the situation from getting worse.
2. Various skin infections
In some scenarios with bed bugs, the results of their bites might not stop at just allergic reactions! As a matter of fact, you can experience infections to your skin such as impetigo, ecthyma, among others. Sometimes, you might even get inflammations like lymphangitis, all from a single bite from a bed bug! Such bites will feel tender or may even ooze discharge such as pus. If you’re experiencing a skin infection, treatment may require an antibiotic or antiseptic.
3. Insomnia and other mental health-related issues
Of course, with bed bugs’ nocturnal nature, these pests are bound to feed on your blood when you are asleep. This can lead to you waking up in the middle of the night because of the annoying itch that you just need to scratch, whereas these pesky bugs can go about making themselves busy by nourishing themselves off of your sleeping body. Sleep disruption or a poor-quality slumber might seem like a minor issue, but these can adversely affect your mood and productivity for the next day. Moreover, without time to rest, your overall physical and mental health can get compromised.
Bed bugs might not pose the same level of threat or hazard that other pests do, but don’t underestimate them because they certainly bear effects that are just as concerning as they are annoying. If you find that you are part of the unlucky few who sleep in mattresses that are infected by bed bugs, seek help from a professional pest control company that can put your bed bug issue to rest. On top of bed bug control, we also offer other services to rid your home of any unwanted bugs. Give us a call and get your much-needed sleep!