Bed bugs can be described as small insects that depend entirely on blood from animals. They have a flat body and their color is mostly brownish unless they have fed too much blood to turn reddish brown. Bed bug infestation is increasingly becoming a major concern in today’s hotels and homes. Bed bugs are common in homes, schools, apartments, hotels, shelters and even health care facilities.
Apart from feeding on humans, these insects can also feed on warm blooded animals such as dogs, rodents and cats. The consequences of having these insects at home are too damning to fathom. They bite at night especially when the victim is asleep. Depending on their hunger, bed bugs can also feed and bite you during the day. They target the skin, pierce it and withdraw blood. The biggest disadvantage is that these bites are painless and this makes it difficult to realize until it is late.
After being bitten by bed bugs, there are certain symptoms that one can experience but this largely depends on individuals. Majority of the victims do not react immediately. This is a clear indication that bed bug infestation can go on for a long time without being noticed.
Perhaps the biggest question that many homeowners ask themselves is whether bed bugs can transmit diseases. According to statistics and researches conduced, these insects can only harbor pathogens but there has been no prove to ascertain if they transmit the pathogens to human beings. However, their bites can cause inflammations and itching. Even if they do not transmit diseases, they cause sleeplessness, discomfort and embarrassment.
If you suspect you have bed bugs at home, it is advisable to identify them, their shed skins or even the fecal spots. If you are not sure of the process, the services of a professional will come in handy.