You might think that the only problem bed bugs will create in your Opelika home is that they will torment you with bites. If so, you would be right. But you might not know how severe those bites can be, or all of the ways bed bug bites can impact your life. Take a look at the following questions as see if you can answer them.

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Are bed bug bites worse for kids?

Yes. Kids tend to have a worse reaction to bed bug bites. But this reaction may just look bad. Some kids can have blotches on their skin that don't hurt or itch as bad as they look. Others can have very irritating wounds. It depends on the child. If the bites are itchy, kids can scratch them until they have open wounds. If these wounds get infected, it can lead to secondary issues. This can be a problem.

Are bed bugs bites worse for seniors?

No. Seniors tend to have mild reactions to bed bugs. A large percentage of seniors will only have minor wounds with little or no rash associated with the bites. This can make bed bugs troublesome in senior living centers as they are not quickly recognized or dealt with. It can also put families at risk when they go to visit a loved one. Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests that can crawl into bags, clothing, and other items. When news starts spreading that bed bugs have been found in a senior living center, it can make families want to stay away, and that is a big problem. This can lead to loneliness and isolation. You shouldn't let this keep you from visiting family members. If you take some simple precautions, such as putting bags down on clear surfaces, or on tiled floors, rather than on chairs and beds, you can reduce the risk of picking up bed bugs.

How many bites can you expect to get from a bed bug?

If a single bed bug bites you, you can expect to have three bites. This tends to be the pattern. But you're probably not going to be bitten by an individual bed bug. They like to feed in groups. If five bed bugs feed on you, you can expect to have fifteen bites. The numerous bites bed bugs leave on the skin are one of the big problems they cause.

Do bed bugs spread diseases?

As of this writing, there are no reported cases of bed bug disease transmission. But studies have shown that bed bugs have the ability to spread human pathogens. One pathogen that has researchers concerned is the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease. Fortunately, it is difficult for bed bugs to contract this parasite if they're living exclusively inside your home. The greatest risk is when bed bugs are first introduced to your home. This is one of the many reasons why it is a good idea to contact a licensed professional and get rid of bed bugs as quickly as possible. 

Can bed bugs ruin your social life?

Yes. One of the unexpected problems bed bugs cause is that they make it very difficult to be social. An infestation can lead you to cancel gatherings and special events in your home. If friends and family find out that you have these hitchhiking bugs, they may avoid coming over for game night, birthday parties, and other gatherings you have at your home.

Can bed bugs hurt your dog or cat?

While bed bugs don't live on dogs and cats as ticks, fleas, and other parasites do, they can bite your pets in the same way they bite you. The good news—well, the good news for your pets—is that bed bugs don't prefer to bite dogs and cats. They have a preference for human blood.

Do you have bed bugs in Opelika?

If bed bugs get into your home or business, remember that the team at Prewett Pest Control is here to help. We provide the highest level of pest control service to residents and business owners in Opelika, Alabama. Connect with us today to request service.


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