Bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas, research has confirmed.
Can you get diseases from bed bugs?
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.
Can bed bugs transmit blood borne diseases?
Attempts to transmit disease agents in the laboratory using bed bugs have been unsuccessful, and there currently is no evidence for bed bug transmission (either via bite or infected feces) of any disease agent, including hepatitis B virus and HIV. The main medical risk of bed bugs is associated with their bites.
Do bed bugs carry Lyme disease?
But, Lyme disease is only one of many tick-borne diseases. While bed bugs are blood-eating insects that carry disease organisms in their bodies, they are not known to spread infectious diseases to humans. So, they are not considered dangerous in this way.
How easily do bed bugs spread?
Bed bugs do not fly since they do not have wings. They are able to crawl and rapidly move short distances within an infected area, and slowly spread to other rooms in the home or business. Another way bed bugs move around is by finding their way into purses, backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, clothing, and jackets.