From the CDC’s NIOSH Science blog (this is a seriously great information resource in general, by the way), an interesting article on bed bugs:
…Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, but they are a troublesome health nuisance. Their bites can cause mild to severe allergic reactions, and people living in infested homes have reported anxiety, insomnia, and systemic reactions.4 These bites don’t just occur at home. Using workers’ compensation (WC) claims data from California between 2000 and 2011, the California Department of Public Health identified 96 workers who were bitten by bed bugs while traveling for work. The majority of bed bug-related WC claims in California consisted of complaints of bed bug bites or rashes caused from bites; however there were several reports of physical injuries (such as strains) sustained by workers while moving furniture to look for or treat bed bugs….
Read the whole article here.