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Bed Bugs And Seniors

Bed Bugs Are An Rising Problem For Seniors

Do you have an aging parent or grandparent in their 70's or above? If so, you may get to experience the problems that bed bugs cause from an entirely different perspective. For most people, bed bugs are those tormenting bugs that take root after hitching a ride home with you after a vacation, but vacations are far from the only way to get bed bugs.

Bed bugs can be brought in on college kids coming home for the holidays, toddlers being picked up from daycare, children returning home from school or summer camp, teenagers coming home from a sleepover at a friend's house, or by visiting friends and family. You can also pick up these bugs while out and about yourself when you ride the bus, go to the library, watch a movie at a movie theater, or take a trip to the mall. You can even pick them up at work or the gym. However, we're seeing a unique connection between bed bugs and elderly people living in homes alone, in homes with others, and in assisted living facilities.

a bed bug crawling on a surface inside of a home in pennsylvania

Why Are Seniors At Risk For Bed Bug Infestations?

There are many reasons seniors are more at risk of having a bed bug infestation, here are several facts that you should consider:

  • Studies show that 30% of people bitten by bed bugs show no sign of bites on their skin, even when they are bitten repeatedly. This percentage is much higher for seniors, which makes it easier for a bed bug infestation to become established in the home or living space of an elderly person. This lack of bite trauma can also lead to complacency on the part of the affected senior, making it more likely that they will introduce these hitchhiking pests into your home when they come to visit. Perhaps you've even seen this behavior. We get reports that some people are shocked to hear that their parents or grandparents aren't worried about having bed bugs on them. The lack of bite marks is usually connected to this apathy. It is important that you inform them that bed bugs leave significant welts on most people, and these bites usually grow worse over time.

  • Sometimes apathy for these blood-eating pests has nothing to do with a lack of bites. Entering into old age can lead some to give up on trying to keep on top of their appearance. They simply don't care. So, for the sake of your family, it is up to you to care whether or not they have bed bugs. Your efforts will be rewarded. Everyone will be happier when those bed bugs are taken care of.

  • On the other side of the coin, there are elderly people who are quite embarrassed by having bed bugs. When bites start to appear, and they start to notice these bugs, they are worried what people will think of them. Bed bugs are attached to the stigma that only dirty people get them. If you notice that your elderly parent or grandparent has welts on their skin that come in sets of three bites or follow a line, you should look into the matter for their sake and your own.

  • While the idea that bed bugs are only drawn to live in dirty homes is simply not true, there is a connection that should be considered. Bed bugs have an easier time infesting a home that is cluttered, especially if that clutter is near a bed or couch. Folks who have lived a long a fruitful life usually have a lot of stuff that has accumulated throughout the years. This makes seniors more susceptible to significant infestations.

  • On top of all of these factors, bed bugs are often able to easily establish themselves with the elderly due to a deterioration of mental faculties. When senility sets in, or something more destructive like Alzheimer's, it can make it difficult to keep your elderly family member from exposing your home and your family to these bugs.

  • Sometimes it is just a matter of stubborn pride. Elderly people often highly value their independence and self-sufficiency; they may simply reject that they have a problem you need to help them with.

Effective Bed Bug Control For Seniors Is Available!

If this is your bed bug battle, we hope this insight will help help you to safeguard your family. For fast and effective bed bug treatments in Souderton, West Chester, and elsewhere in our PA pest control service area, Moyer Pest Control is ready to help. Request your free inspection by reaching out to Moyer today!

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