Currently, there are no reported cases of bed bugs being able to transmit disease to humans. However, bed bugs can still carry disease organisms on their bodies.
There are many rumors about bed bugs spreading disease. The following diseases are rumored to be spread by bed bugs, but are in reality not spread by bed bugs:
- Chagas disease
- Sores or brucellosis
Can bed bugs carry disease?
Although bed bugs do not transmit diseases with their bites, they are known to carry pathogens on their bodies. In fact, more than 45 bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and more pathogens have been located on bed bug bodies. Thankfully, these microbes do not reproduce or multiply in or on the bed bugs. As of now, there have been no reports to suggest that bed bugs transmit these pathogens to humans.
Are bed bugs a health risk?
Although bed bugs don’t transmit diseases, there are still several risks associated with having a bed bug infestation or getting bitten by bed bugs. Bites can cause different reactions in everyone. That means while some people experience little symptoms, other people might experience very serious symptoms! When bites are irritated or scratched at, welts can form. In very serious cases, this could expose wounds to secondary skin infections. Another rare but possible symptom is an allergic reaction. In any case, serious health concerns with bed bugs should always be addressed by your doctor.
Health dangers of bed bugs
Bed bugs are certainly distressing, but thankfully, they do not transmit diseases like other types of pests. The main danger of bed bug infestations is their bites, and the fact that they can sometimes cause serious symptoms. During an infestation, it’s important to protect your family from the possible dangers of bed bugs by enlisting the help of a bed bug exterminator to get rid of them ASAP. Contact us today!