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Are Bites the Worst Thing Bed Bugs Cause?


Bed bug bites on a human armAlmost everyone will tell you bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) aren't known to transmit diseases to humans. This is widely-accepted, but it turns out it may not be true. According to a recent study published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene*, the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, was found to be able to carry and transmit the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. This parasite causes Chagas disease, but there have been no reports of C. lectularius transmitting T. cruzi to humans outside of a laboratory.
 
In this study, the researchers tried to show that T. cruzi makes C. lectularius less likely to survive and reproduce. The study indicated this may not be true which means it should be possible for bed bugs to transmit parasites that cause human disease outside of a laboratory.
 
It will be interesting to see how much our knowledge of bed bugs and the risks posed by them will change as bed bug populations continue to increase. With more people being exposed to bed bugs, if it is possible for bed bugs to transmit diseases, these pests may quickly become deemed a public nuisance for health reasons.
 
* Peterson, J.K., Salazar R., Castillo-Neyra, R., Borrini-Mayori, K., Condori, C., Bartow-McKenney, C., ... Levy, M.Z. “Trypanosoma cruzi Infection Does Not Decrease Survival or Reproduction of the Common Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius.The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2018) The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. http://www.ajtmh.org/. 5 February 2018.

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Bed Bug Treatment in Utah

Your home is inviting to a lot of different pests. Whether rodents want to get out of the cold weather or bugs want to take advantage of an easy source of food, you need to protect yourself from pests. One of the hardest pests to keep out is bed bugs. If you have or think you have a bed bug problem, give No Bull Bed Bug Control a call today for a bed bug treatment. We’re the bed bug exterminators you need in Utah.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that are normally a red or brown color. They’re smaller than a penny, so you may have a hard time seeing them. These bugs live off of human and animal blood, and they can be found all over the country and world.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

Bed bugs aren’t typically considered dangerous, as they don’t carry any diseases or sicknesses. However, their bites can be annoying, and some people may suffer an allergic reaction to the bites. These bugs will normally leave a small bite mark that’s noticeable after the person wakes up.

What Are Signs of Bed Bugs?

While the bugs are difficult to see, especially because they hide during the day, you can look for small exoskeletons or small, rust-colored spots on the sheets. You may also notice a sweet, musty smell around the bed.

Why Hire a Professional?

Bed bugs are insidious and a notorious pain to get rid of completely. They can affect anyone, no matter how clean you keep your home, and once they’re inside, they’re hard to eliminate. No Bull Bed Bug Control has the experience and equipment you need to permanently get rid of bed bugs.

We specialize in bed bug control, so we don’t just use a simple spray to handle the problem; we use a heat treatment system that can kill the bugs in as little as one day. We also avoid toxic or harmful chemicals, so your family and pets stay safe.

Call us today at 385-323-2266 for a free inspection.

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