Don’t Let CPAP Infestations Bug You

Apr 22, 2015, by Dr. Becky Coats

Studies have shown that CPAP machines can increase your risk of pneumonia because they force bacteria into your lungs. But it’s not just bacteria that can get into your CPAP machine, much bigger bugs might find the machine an appealing place to live.

Bedbugs and CPAP

Bedbugs are becoming one of the biggest infestation problems around the country. Resistant to most pesticides, these small insects like to find small cracks near your bed to hide out during the day, then sneak out at night, climb into your bed, and drink your blood. Then they scurry back to their hiding places in the morning.

People worry about CPAP not just if they have bedbugs at home, but are concerned that the insects might climb into the CPAP machine when they travel, then spread to the home.

On the one hand, the CPAP machine isn’t a very likely hideout for bedbugs. They aren’t enthused about a plastic home, they much prefer wood and plaster for their homes. On the other hand, bedbugs are drawn to CO2 and warmth, so the CPAP machine would draw them, and they might then use the hose to climb across to the bed. It’s certainly believable that some of them could hide out in a CPAP machine because they were caught in transit and had to find someplace convenient.

Roaches and CPAP

Cock Roaches in your CPAPCockroaches, on the other hand, find CPAP machines an appealing place to go. Depending on the style of your machine, the roaches will find their way in through cracks and vents, then decide to remain because of the warmth and humidity inside the machine. At night, they will get out and forage for any convenient foods, such as crumbs from eating in bed. And if there aren’t any crumbs, they’re opportunistic feeders. They’ll eat skin flakes and even nibble your eyelashes.

If you have a bad infestation, the roach population can grow to the point where it causes the CPAP machine to break down, and then some shops will refuse to work on it.

Roaches in a CPAP machine are also problematic because many people are allergic to the oily coating of their carapace. If your CPAP machine is sucking air laden with cockroach residue into your throat, it might be irritating your throat and undoing some of the good sleep apnea treatment CPAP is supposed to accomplish.

Avoid Infestations in CPAP

If you do use a CPAP machine, make sure you’re cleaning and inspecting it regularly to make sure it doesn’t become infested. Make sure all the equipment is in place. If parts are missing–like an air filter–even larger pests like mice can move into a CPAP machine (and sometimes even die there).

If you are concerned about this issue, oral appliances do not become infested with either bed bugs or cockroaches. You put the appliance in at night, then put it in its case after you wake up, when roaches and bedbugs have already found their hiding places for the day. Oral appliances make an especially appealing option when you’re traveling. That way you minimize the risk that you might bring bedbugs or roaches home with you from a fleabag motel.

If you are looking for a more comfortable, convenient, and infestation-resistant sleep apnea or snoring treatment, please call (817) 481-6888 for an appointment with a Dallas sleep dentist at Grapevine Dental Care today.