How Dangerous Are Bed Bugs To Humans?
Most bed bugs feed on their hosts while they are asleep. The host supplies them with blood in a painless way, never knowing it is happening. They accomplish this by injecting a small amount of saliva into the host’s skin while feeding, which in turn numbs the area. The more they feed on one particular host, say over a period of weeks, the more sensitized that host becomes to their saliva. Eventually the host may develop a mild allergic response resembling mosquito or flea bites to intense reactions leaving welts similar to hives. Bed bug infestations often go unnoticed by most humans because they think they have been bitten by some other insect, such as a mosquito, and never realize who the true culprit was. Bed bugs reproduce at an alarming rate, healthy females can lay 1-5 eggs per day. With a 10 day average gestation period a minor problem can turn into a full blown infestation in no time.