The thought of Bed Bugs in your home can send a shiver down your spine. Bed Bug infestations are running rampant in the United States, and they are found in the cleanest of homes.
According to a study of infested living environments conducted by the University of Kentucky, this was the breakdown of the most common places where Bed Bugs were found to be hiding:
How can it be that Bed Bugs are ending up in our homes? Bed Bugs are thriving in places we visit nearly every day, like the airport and airplane seats, movie theaters, buses and trains and all types of public transportation, libraries and even hospitals.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the way to identify Bed Bugs is to look for them physically:
How do you know if you have been bitten by Bed Bug? If you are waking up and have bites that look like this:
Bites will generally appear on skin that is exposed while you sleep, shoulders, legs and feet, hands and arms and face. Bed Bugs can transmit the parasite that causes Chagas Disease, and if contracted, will cause a severe medical condition.
The physical damage Bed Bugs can cause to you, and your property does not end there. Bed Bugs can also cause psychological issues. A study in The American Journal of Medicine stated, “In some individuals, psychological sequelae resulting from Bed Bug biting events include nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance (to keep the bugs away), insomnia, anxiety, avoidance behaviors, and personal dysfunction. These symptoms are suggestive of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”