Bed Bugs in Virginia: The Truth About Their Impact on Your Well-Being

By:

Eddie Connor

May 5, 2018

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It’s easy to focus on the creepiness of bed bugs while overlooking the health threats they pose. While they don't spread disease like some pests, these bloodsuckers are still a danger to your well-being. Connor's Pest Control explains why effective bed bug control is a must for maintaining a healthy environment in your Virginia home or business.

Bed Bug Bite Reactions

Bites can cause allergic reactions ranging from mild to severe. While many people experience nothing more than red, itchy bite marks, some suffer from hives and other skin reactions. In rarer cases, these serious reactions can occur:

  • Fainting
  • Swollen tongue
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and diarrhea

If one or more of these symptoms occur, get medical help right away.

Infections from Bed Bug Bites

Although it rarely happens, a bed bug bite can become infected. These secondary infections usually occur as a result of scratching a bite. Pathogens then make their way into the wound and cause any of a variety of infections. Watch all bites for persistent redness and swelling.

Other Health Effects

Simply knowing bed bugs live alongside you in your house – and, worse yet, in your bed – can cause anxiety and other psychological issues. If you're being bitten regularly, you may experience sleeplessness without even realizing it. Scratching bites while half-asleep could be causing enough sleep interruptions to affect your health over time. Sleep problems are associated with the following issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Moodiness
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of focus
  • Slower motor skills

Besides these physical, mental, and emotional problems, a bed bug infestation can wreak havoc on your financial health. If it isn't eliminated in time with proper bed bug control, you may need to replace everything from furniture to carpeting.

Keep Your Health in Check with Connor’s Pest Control

It's easy to see how bed bugs can take a toll on every aspect of your well-being. Protect the health, comfort, and happiness of everyone in your household with safe yet powerful bed bug control services. The Connor's Pest Control team has decades of experience treating homes and businesses in Virginia and surrounding areas.