by Dylan Bowen April 01, 2022 1 min read
To put it simple, no. An untreated bed bug infestation will only spread if left unattended, the problem can quickly get out of hand with each bed bug laying as many as 200 eggs over the course of their lifetime.
Whilst it’s true that bed bugs don’t traditionally transmit disease via their bites, they do secrete a small amount of saliva into the skin as they feed. This saliva contains a mild anaesthetic to prevent the victim from feeling the bites as they’re happening, as well as an anticoagulant. However, the longer you’re exposed to bed bugs, the more sensitive to their bites you become. This in turn, can lead to allergic reactions that vary unpredictably, some being lesser whilst others being rather intense.
Bed bugs can pose a significant mental toll upon people stuck living in infestations, this can result in anxiety attacks, bouts of insomnia, loss of overall energy and of course the social stigma surrounding living in any kind of infested home.
Suffice to say, it’s best not to wait. Call your nearest exterminator if you find out you’ve got the bugs.
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