According to a study done at the the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky, recently found that bed bugs histamine levels have been increasing and could pose a risk to the American People. Bed Bugs are small, dark insects that consume the blood of humans and animals (household pets as well). They are typically found in homes, apartments, dormitories, nursing homes, hotels, etc. Not only do these pests bite, bed bug histamine production can cause other problems in humans.


Bed bugs are typically referred to as that tiny critter that will bite your feet in the really cheap hotel room off the highway, but that is not always the case. With bed bugs and other pests consistently trying to find a new home, you need all the defense you can get to keep these pests out of your home. Bites can sometimes be mistaken for mosquito, flea, or spider bites. Simple ways to check if you have bed bugs are the odor of your room, the color of your bed (dark cluster spots or blood marks), an exoskeleton (shedded bed bug skin), and minuscule eggs if they have been laid.  


Bed Bug Histamine Study

Histamine is a chemical product created by your cells to resist injury and allergic reactions by creating inflammation and allowing the body to be aware of internal or external harm. Histamines typically are seen during allergy season and used to pursue and excrete anything causing you a reaction.


According to the Journal of Medical Entomology, “The feces contain a variety of compounds including histamine, which serves as a compound of their aggregation pheromone. Histamine is a pivotal mammalian immune modulator, and recently it was shown to be present in high concentrations in household dust from homes infested with bed bugs.” Through the study performed, bed bugs were found to excrete histamine for up to 14 days after feeding. One important factor specified was not that someone could be seriously injured but that the bed bugs are found in some of the most commonly used areas of your home. 


Social Implications

Anyone can get bed bugs. Although bed bugs occur in about 20% of American homes across the country, the likelihood of pest problems seems to go up when looking in lower-income areas. When people from disadvantaged communities have bed bugs they are less likely to have the fiscal safety to get the help they deserve. The ramifications of such a thing can also increase the health risks of people from lower-income homes with less medical accessibility. People with higher histamine rates can be affected by the chemicals produced by a bed bug infestation. Such complications can happen to anyone but not everyone is ready to deal with a bed full of bugs or a basement full of insects. If you are afraid of bed bugs in your home, please read the Myths about bed bugs before histamine hysteria fills your home. 


Do You Have Bed Bugs?

If you find yourself waking up itchy and you have small red bites all over yourself, there is a good chance it is because of a bed bug infestation. Getting ahead of the situation is much better than trying to handle the infestation after the fact. If you are finding yourself in one of these situations where bed bugs have already moved in, please visit our treatment blog on our website to get more information on the next steps you should take. If you don’t have the financial means to hire a professional, you can get some online help from Priority Pest & Mosquito Solutions by visiting our  DIY Edition of how to remove bed bugs on your own.


Reduce Bed Bug Histamines With Priority Pest & Mosquito Solutions

Priority Pest & Mosquito Solutions should be your first call if you have any pest problems. Priority Pest specializes in the extermination of bed bugs, cockroaches, ticks, fleas, rats, spiders, wasps, mice, moles, gophers, mosquito treatment, ant removal, termites, and more. If you are having struggles in your residential or commercial property please visit our website for more information on how to properly handle your pest problems with Priority Pest. We can be your yearly go-to for pest control or try a one-time service to see how you like the work performed on your property. With more still to learn from bed bug histamine excretion and associated health risks, you can never be too careful. Your safety and home is our first priority, right behind dealing with whatever pest is infiltrating your home. Bed Bugs and their histamine production problems can happen to anyone and Priority Pest & Mosquito Solutions wants to make sure everyone can be equipped to handle any infestation.


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