It is said that bedbugs are not a health hazard and they can’t transmit disease but I believe they are referring to a bed bug transmitting disease when injecting saliva into your skin during the initial stages of feeding on your blood.

In the image below, you can clearly see that a bug filled with blood burst open in the palm of someone looking for an infestation. The question is, if that bed bug feed on a person with hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), would you be exposed to blood-borne pathogens? The CDC goes into great detail as to why you do NOT want to be exposed to blood.

Bed bug filled with blood burst open in hand

This bed bug burst open in the palm and exposed the exterminator to blood from someone else.

After feeding (about fifteen minutes), the bed bug becomes so engorged with human blood that the slightest pressure may cause it to burst open and spray blood in all directions.

Imagine that you are unfortunate enough to stay at an infested hotel. During the night, a bed bug full of blood from the previous victim crawls near your face; you roll over and the pressure pops the bug and exposes you to human blood.

You can minimize your risk of exposure by making sure to use our Bed bug Checklist and MAKE SURE that when you check your room for an infestation that you wear disposable medical gloves!.

You can see pictures of bed bugs here and if you are really brave, you can also view images of people bitten during their sleep!

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