If you or someone in your home suffers from asthma that is often triggered by allergic reactions, you are probably already aware of the unique challenges associated with managing the symptoms and reducing the likelihood of future flare-ups. Unfortunately, staying healthy and free of asthma attacks can be particularly difficult when your home is being treated for bed bugs. Therefore, it is a good idea to be aware of the following information when you suspect that bed bugs have invaded your home.
#1-You May Experience an Asthma Flare-up, Even If You Never Notice Any Bedbug Bites
It is easy to assume that you would need to first be bitten by bed bugs at least a few times prior to experiencing the increase of your asthma symptoms. However, it is important to note that some people can be bitten by bed bugs and not experience the itching, red skin, and welts commonly associated with their invasion.
In addition, bed bugs go through a life cycle that includes shedding their skin multiple times. Those skins, after being shed and in conjunction with the feces of the bugs, will often become airborne. When you breathe in that contaminated air, even though you may not see the evidence of that contamination, asthma attacks may become more likely. Given that one out of five people have either had bed bugs or known someone that did, you might have already experienced the side effects of being in a home with beds and never even known.
#2-Integrated Pest Management of Bed Bugs Includes Many Ways of Abolishing Bed Bugs, Not All of Which Are Pesticides
Once you understand a bit about the life cycle of bed bugs, it is easier to understand that merely addressing the problem by washing all of the soft items in the home or exclusively using pesticides is unlikely to give you the results you need. That is due to the fact that eggs can quickly hatch, and the problems will continue, as will your asthma attacks. Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has recommended the use of Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. It is a series of steps that evaluates the extent and severity of bed bugs to determine how aggressive treatment options need to be.
Your pest-control expert will usually suggest one or more of the following steps to treat your bed bugs:
Washing everything that can be washed and drying it in high heat
Using sturdy brushes to help find and remove bed bugs from cushions, beds, and so forth
Vacuuming carpets, rugs, mattresses, box springs, and any furniture that has cloth
Applying chemicals throughout the home as needed
Providing high heat or sub-freezing temperatures to anything that cannot be cleaned
Using mattress covers to prevent bed bugs from leaving or accessing beds
#3-Asthmatics May Need to Consider Temporarily Relocating While the Infestation Is Being Chemically Treated and Immediately After
Assuming that you have spoken with a bed-bug specialist and confirmed that bed bugs are present in the home, it is crucial to immediately treat the problem. As part of that, you may find that the chemicals that are being sprayed can cause adverse reactions, including asthma attacks. Therefore, the physician providing your medical care might suggest evacuating your house while the pesticides and other chemicals are being released. It is a good idea to speak with your doctor and the pest-control specialist to determine an appropriate, safe time to go home again after the chemical treatments were used.
In conclusion, bed-bug treatment is rarely easy and fast, but is particularly challenging when you or someone in the house has asthma that could be triggered by allergies. As a result, it is a good idea to be aware of the facts listed above when you need to remove bed bugs and their eggs from your home as soon as possible.