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Deadly Bed Bugs?

September 25th, 2015

Deadly Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs, we’ve all heard about the epidemic of infestations showing up all over the country. What used to be a common problem just in the hotel industry is now popping up in schools and homes, workplaces and even movie theaters across the nation.

Now, according to scientists, bed bugs are capable of carrying a deadly strain of Chagas disease. Bed bugs are testing positive for the disease at an alarming rate and no one seems to be worried. Chagas is also carried by kissing bugs, which like to bite humans specifically on the face.

There is also conflicting research that shows that bed bugs are incapable of carrying the disease, making the level of confusing especially high. Researchers who are on the side of bed bugs not being able to carry the disease fear that this new study will cause paranoia worse than already exists.

Bed Bugs have a more frequent ability to prey on humans than their kissing bug cousins which may have some contribution to the higher numbers of insects carrying the disease. If bed bugs do have the ability to carry Chagas disease they may surpass kissing bugs in the danger of transmission.

If you think you have a bed bug problem, the best thing to do is contact your local pest control company to come up with a plan of action to conquer the pests. For more information on bed bugs, click here

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