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The Dangers Bed Bugs Pose To Westchester Residents This Summer

Bed bugs

Bed bugs are found living and thriving throughout the entire United States and unfortunately, that means that the people and property in Westchester, New York are not immune to this bed bug epidemic! Most people know that they should avoid introducing bed bugs into their home due to the fact they are highly invasive, extremely annoying, and very difficult to eliminate without professional help, but did you know that bed bugs also pose dangers to the people living inside of the home that they have invaded? It is a common thought that bed bugs are simply nuisance pests that, though they feed bite and feed on human blood, are relatively harmless; however, the pest control professionals at Parkway Pest Services want to remind Westchester residents that bed bugs are more than just a nuisance! These parasitic have the potential to become a danger due to the many potential health concerns that they can introduce to you and your family when living with you inside of your home.

Allergic Reactions

While it is true that many people do not react to bed bug bites at all, some people may experience allergic reactions to their bites that can range in intensity from mild to severe. In some cases, allergic reaction to bed bug bites may even cause anaphylactic shock and require immediate medical attention!

Bed bugs do not typically spread pathogens from person to person as they feed, but their bites can lead to infection. Bed bug bites are usually very itchy and, as a result of the constant scratching, may lead to a secondary infection that will require treatment by a medical professional.


Knowing that bed bugs are living inside of your home and feeding on the blood of you and your family members has the potential to keep you awake night after night. Losing sleep due to a bed bug infestation can lead to increased anxiety, lack of focus, and can even weaken your immune system.

Respiratory Problems

Bed bugs shed their exoskeletons as they grow, leaving them behind in the home that they are invading. These parasitic pests also deposit large amounts of feces which can become airborne once they have dried out. Breathing in either bed bug exoskeletons or feces can worsen asthma or other respiratory problems.


It has long been thought that bed bugs do not transmit disease, but a recent study has linked bed bugs to Chagas disease! In this study, it was discovered that bed bugs can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi — the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Bed bug does not spread this parasite through their bite, but rather through their feces; when the bed bug feces come into contact with broken skin such as a bed bug bite, a person can become infected with this parasite. Chagas disease is difficult to diagnose due to the fact that there is often a lack of symptoms in the early, more treatable stages. These parasites live and hide out in the heart and digestive muscle of its host and can lead to severe digestive and neurological problems and even to death.

As you can see, bed bugs are not just a nuisance to have living inside of your Westchester home, but a danger as well. A bed bug infestation can have dire health consequences for you and your family, so it is very important to eliminate these parasitic pests from your home as quickly as possible! Bed bugs are nearly impossible to eliminate from your home on your own, so to completely rid bed bugs from your home, the only effective solution is a professional solution. The bed bug experts at Parkway Pest Services can provide the services needed to identify all the areas of your home that are infested with bed bugs, provide effective treatment services to eliminate every single bed bug from your home, and offer ongoing protection to prevent re-infestation through our year-round pest control plans. Keep your Westchester, NY home free of bed bugs and your family safe from the threats they pose by partnering with the New York pest control experts at Parkway Pest Services! Contact us to learn more.