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Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs and Health

Although bed bugs are not known to spread disease and are therefore not considered a public health hazard, some individuals experience the following:

  • Itchy and irritating bites - Most bites heal in a few days, but in unusual cases the itch might persist for several weeks. An anti-itch ointment can help, but if bites become infected, individuals should see their doctor.
  • Anxiety and sleeplessness - The fear of being bitten when asleep can indirectly affect your health and well-being by causing anxiety and a lack of sleep. Responding to bed bugs quickly and efficiently is vital to resolving this issue.
  • Poisoning - Improper use of unregistered pesticides or excessive amounts of pesticides can lead to poisoning. It is recommended that you contact a licensed and experienced pest control company to apply pesticides.

If you would like to learn more about safe pesticide use visit Peel's Be Pesticide Aware website. You can also see information about pesticides that was presented at our Bed Bug Symposium.

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