- What are the health risks of bed bugs and do bed bugs carry diseases?
What are the health risks of bed bugs and do bed bugs carry diseases?
Health Risks of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can cause a number of health effects including raised reddened bumps on the skin, prominent blisters, skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Treatment involves the elimination of the insect but is otherwise symptomatic. In some laboratory studies certain disease organisms have been associated with bed bugs however, there is no conclusive evidence that bed bugs are capable of transmitting disease.
Bed bug populations are rapidly increasing. Additional research is needed to determine the reasons for the resurgence, the potential for bed bugs to transmit disease, and their impact on public health.
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