While bed bugs are not known to transmit deadly diseases, they are pests of substantial public health importance. Bed bugs can invade your most private space, your bedroom and your house. They can also stick to you like glue wherever you go, resulting in a spread of infestation.
According to the World Health Organization, people who are constantly exposed to bed bugs are prone to become more sensitive and anxious. Apart from inflicting harm through bites, bed bugs can cause sleep disturbance, depression, and prolonged anxiety.
In a cross-sectional study, mental health effects from urban bed bug infestation, where 39-bed bug-exposed tenants were compared with 52 unexposed tenants in Canada. The result of the study revealed that the tenants who were exposed to bed bug infestations are at risk for insomnia, depression, and anxiety. With this findings, cooperation between public health, community and medical professionals is needed to help the victims of bed bug infestation.
In the past, a documented case of bed bug infestation even led to a woman’s death. The case was not due to bed bug bite but due to the effects of repeated bed bug infestation to her mental health. This woman with previous psychiatric morbidity jumped to her death in her apartment.
In dealing with the mental and psychological effects of bed bug infestation, it is essential to implement plans to eradicate them with the help of professional pest control specialists. If your home is infested with bed bugs, please contact our pest control experts at Advantage Pest Control to prevent further damage to your personal things and your overall health.
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