Health Risks of Bed Bugs Some people may suffer from health risks from bed bugs, including allergic reactions to the bed bugs, an infection caused by excessive scratching, insomnia, stress and depression due to sleep deprivation, a weakened immune system if bites are left untreated and latent illnesses because of a weakened immune system.
Bed Bug Bites B ed bugs can cause a number of health effects including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. They are able to be infected by at least 28 human pathogens, but no study has clearly found that the insect is able to transmit the pathogens to a human being.
Bed bug populations and infestations are increasing in the United States and internationally (3,5). Bed bug infestations often are treated with insecticides, but insecticide resistance is a problem, and excessive use of insecticides or use of insecticides contrary to label directions can raise the potential for human toxicity.
Control of bed bugs. Remember, where there is one bed bug there are usually many, often in the areas surrounding or adjacent to the infected room or item. Cover as much of the skin as possible while sleeping. In severe or persistent cases, furniture or infected items may need to be destroyed, ideally by burning.
Anxiety and Sleeplessness. As a result of a bedbug infestation in your home or spending the night in a bed infested with bedbugs, you may experience bouts of anxiety and difficulty sleeping. The anxiety will stem from worrying about the bugs crawling on you and biting you. This will make it difficult for you to relax and go to sleep.
Most bug repellents contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) as their active ingredient. DEET is one of the few insect sprays that works to repel bugs. It is recommended for preventing diseases that mosquitos spread. Some of these are malaria, dengue fever, and West Nile virus. Other less effective