Living and Dying With Bed Bugs

Bed Bug

Underside of Immature Bed Bug

A Pennsylvania caretaker is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 96 year old patient. The house where the caretaker lived with her patient was overrun with a large untreated infestation of bed bugs. The cause of death was listed as sepsis resulting from bed bug bites that became infected with bacteria.

Most people do not experience infections associated with bed bug bites. The bites themselves are not as problematic as producing open sores by scratching. Bed bugs have previously been implicated in the spread of MSRA (antibiotic resistant Staph) and this may be a combination of the bites plus scractching. Most people seek relief from pest control services when experiencing a bed bug infestation. However, some people for whatever reason fail to seek help to control their bed bugs. Many communities have no standards or regulations reguarding bed bugs. It is unfortunate that in many communities people do not know where to turn when they have bed bug problems that should be solvable.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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