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Watch Out for This Guy! The BLOOD SUCKING BED BUG

When it comes to reputation for creeping out, which comes first? Mosquito? Chigger? Tick? How about the BED BUG?

This guy lives in your box spring and mattress and can infest the bedroom in the thousands. At night they come out and crawl on your body, piercing the skin and suck your blood from your body. If you try to cover your body to avoid that, they can sense odor and body heat, and drop down on your head!

In sufficient numbers and over time, they can produce anemia in some people, as well as oftentimes producing pink whelps on the skin and even an allergic rash.

Yeah, this guy wins hands down when it comes to creeping you out!

BUT can this guy transmit disease as well? Consider both the beautiful images and logical deductions that help us to answer this question in the Decoded Science article:

The Blood Sucking Bed Bug: a Vector for Disease? Yes, No, Maybe?


Image Credit » Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/mattress-bed-pillow-sleep-relax-2489615/

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MegL wrote on September 28, 2017, 8:49 AM

They can also hide on subway trains and infest people sitting on the same seat as someone who has them. Bedbug infestations show on maps as following the subway tracks and I don't think they ade travelling alone!

lookatdesktop wrote on September 28, 2017, 2:09 PM

Now this topic really is starting to bug me . It really is creeping me out.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 28, 2017, 2:11 PM

Glad I slept fully dressed in that Best Western a few summers ago while moving some furniture down to San Antonio. Stopping off in Austin in a 2 bed hotel. I might have been better off sleeping in the front seat of that 18 wheeler delivery truck now that I think about it.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 28, 2017, 2:13 PM

Oops! That link needs to be added to your Decoded Science article.

Last Edited: September 28, 2017, 2:14 PM

VinceSummers wrote on September 28, 2017, 6:10 PM

Thanks, Anthony. Fixed.

MegL wrote on September 29, 2017, 1:18 PM

Lol, quite possibly.

Angeles wrote on September 29, 2017, 1:19 PM

Oh My! I don't like bugs, and reading your articles was really... really... Thanks for the info, but let's see when I go to bed tonight! emoticon :grin:

lookatdesktop wrote on October 1, 2017, 10:00 PM

Yes, quite.