Despite the rising prevalence of bed bugs in Toronto and cities across the province, Public Health Ontario still considers them a “public nuisance,” but not a health risk.
It is true that they don’t transmit disease, but anyone who has ever dealt with them call tell you that they will ruin your home and your life all the same. Irritating bites, sleepless nights, and the dirt from their corpses and fecal matter are only the beginning.
The psychological side effects of a bed bug infestation are coming under increasing scrutiny from medical professionals. Especially among big city dwellers, feelings of anxiety and a fear of social stigmatization are well documented.
No one wants to admit that they have a problem, but often this fear of social stigma means people are reluctant to call bed bug exterminators, meaning the infestation can get out of hand.
The Ministry of Health may not consider these infestations a priority, but the team here at Power Pest Control wants to help you understand some of the psychological issues that can affect people whose apartments and houses have been overtaken by pests.
Isolation – People sometimes avoid their friends and family because they “feel like lepers.” They don’t tell their friends and colleagues about their problem out of fear that they will be socially outcast. They won’t visit their friends or have anyone over to avoid being found out and blamed for spreading the problem.
PTSD – In a piece on the psychological toll of bed bugs, The Atlantic reported on a study conducted by Mississippi State University researcher Jerome Goddard. He claims to have found that a high percentage of people show many symptoms of PTSD when they live with bed bugs. These include paranoia, obsessive thinking, depression, and hypervigilance toward perceived threats.
Delusional Parasitosis – This is a condition that more commonly affects drug users and people with prior mental illness such as schizophrenia. While rare, delusional parasitosis has been reported by people after a bed bug removal. People who suffer from this condition believe that they are infected by insects, either inside them or on their person. It can lead to states of delirium in which the sufferer scratches their own skin obsessively in the belief that insects are present.
At Power Pest Control, we believe that no pest extermination can begin without a thorough inspection of the residence. Our exterminators begin by inspecting:
• Mattresses and box springs
• Headboards and bedframes
• Night stands and dresser drawers
• Baseboards, electrical outlets, and lighting fixtures
Once all of their hot spots have been discovered, our pest exterminators steam treat everything made out of fabric in your home, spray down the baseboards with insecticide, and use a dust insecticide in your outlets.
Our Toronto pest control professionals will return two weeks later to conduct a mandatory follow up in order to catch any survivors that could reintroduce an infestation.
If you’re experiencing a problem, call Power Pest Control; we won’t rest until we eliminate your bed beg problem.
Pest control professionals in Toronto know what signs to look for, where to target their insecticides, and how to keep bed bugs from coming back into your life.