18 Nov 2016

Bed Bug Crazy: How These Tiny Pests Unleash Terror

A survey done in 2011 says that one in five Americans experience a bed bug infestation. While this common bug isn’t known to transmit harmful diseases to humans (yet!), they pose risks that are far greater than just a dozen itchy bites.

Bed bugs don’t just stay in the bedroom. From the duvet, they can move to carpets, sofas, and climb up to that comfy chair in your office. Bed bugs are so small that they’re usually noticed when they start leaving itchy bites on their victim. Small and quick to reproduce, defeating these parasitic insects requires not just hard work, but a lot of mental resilience.

A mental battle

In a study of online forums, it was revealed that 81% of the posts said that infestations caused emotional and mental stress. This unlikely but very real threat to a person’s mental stability is due to many factors.

Dealing with infestations can cause loss of sleep, additional stress, social anxiety, and even paranoia. While bed bug infestations aren’t caused by the lack of hygiene, people might not always think so. That’s why many bed bug victims post anonymously online instead of consulting their neighbors for solutions.

An elaborate, demanding task

Getting rid of bed bugs entirely from homes is a complex process. Every nook and cranny, crevice and crack needs to be treated with safe and correct amounts of insecticide. To deal with infestations, especially one that has spread throughout the house, can involve hours of manual work.

Companies that provide bed bug extermination services suggest letting the professionals do it for a less stressful experience. Conventional bug sprays can be very ineffective when treating a house and professionals use the latest methods for effective treatment.

An untrained eye can miss a detail (carpet corners, bed cover hems), and the infestation can come back in no time.

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