Are Bed Bugs In Hawaii Dangerous?

Bed bug infestations are becoming far too common in Hawaii. This has led many to reach out to us and ask, "Are bed bugs dangerous?" because there are many pests in Hawaii that are. To answer this question, we have some good news and we have some bad news. Here's what you need to know about the dangers of bed bugs in Hawaii.

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Diseases Pests Spread

There are many ways pests can make you sick, and each pest comes with its own challenges.

  • Some pests are drawn to rotting organic matter. This makes them a mechanical vector for bacterial disease and parasitic worms.

  • Some pests eat feces. This exposes them to pathogens.

  • Some pests contract viruses and spread them from animals to humans.

  • Some pests have venom that can be toxic.

  • Some pests aggravate allergies, such as asthma, or cause skin irritation when they touch the skin.

  • Some pests inflict painful bites.

There are several ways pests can harm you, and Hawaii has quite a selection of pests that can do all of the above. So, how bad are bed bugs? It goes without saying that bed bugs are not welcome in any home. They're horrible. They crawl on you while you sleep and inflict numerous bites on your skin. But are those bites painful? Do bed bugs inject venom? Are they harmful in any of the ways mentioned above? Let's break it down.

  • Bed bugs are not drawn to things that decay. When they get into your home, they live in cracks, creases, and voids. Some of these places may be dusty and dirty, but they're not likely to have harmful bacteria or parasitic worms.

  • Bed bugs eat blood and prefer the blood of humans. This is all they eat. While this prevents them from being exposed to pathogens in feces, they may pick up a pathogen from one human and spread it to another. Research is currently limited on their ability to do this, but one study has shown that the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease, can be transmitted by bed bugs. As of this writing, there are no confirmed real-world cases.

  • Bed bugs may be able to spread viruses. Again, the research is limited. But they aren't likely to be able to spread viruses between people any better than we can by sneezing, coughing, and touching things.

  • Bed bugs don't have venom. They have no need for it.

  • Bed bugs can cause an allergic reaction in the area around bite wounds. This can cause a rash to develop or the wound to swell.

  • Bed bug bites are not painful. A bed bug can feed on you multiple times while you sleep and not wake you up. This is because they inject an anticoagulant into the wound. But the bites themselves can be painful if the wounds swell.

Other Factors To Consider

It is not good to have any pest in your home that feeds on your blood. Over time, this can lead to a condition called anemia. Fortunately, few people allow bed bugs to stay in their homes long enough for anemia to be a threat. Bed bugs can also cause sleeplessness, which can have undesirable consequences. Chronic tiredness reduces cognitive ability and can make you dangerous behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. But perhaps the worst threat bed bugs pose is their ability to wreak havoc on your social life. It is hard enough trying to get people to gather together for a graduation, birthday, anniversary, reunion, or some other special event without adding the fear of picking up bed bugs. If your friends and family learn that you have bed bugs in your home, they may stop coming over. If you have kids, it can be even worse for them. Social interaction for young people can be far more volatile. No kid wants to be known as the kid who has bed bugs.

What You Can Do About Bed Bugs

When bed bugs appear in your home, stay calm and contact Bullseye K9 Detection immediately. We can walk you through the processes of locating and eliminating every bed bug in your home. We specialize in bed bug detection and extermination in Hawaii. Reach out to us today for assistance.


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