Can Pets Spread Bed Bugs?
Unlike fleas, bed bugs do not like to live on our pets. This means that cats and dogs will not contribute to the spread of your bed bug infestation. That said, though, bed bugs are known to infest pet beds! Pets might not spread bed bugs, but will bed bugs bite your pets?
- Bed bugs like to bite humans the best, but will also bite dogs, cats, birds, and other small animals.
- Your pets will not carry around bed bugs with them.
- Bed bugs will likely only bite your pets in areas where they have less hair.
- If you notice discomfort or itchiness in your pet, check them for bed bug bites.
Will Bed Bug Bites Hurt Your Pet?
Bed bugs will not usually go after your dog or cat—humans are the main target. In the case that your dog or cat shows indications of bed bug bites, make sure to check around their bed for any active bugs or exoskeletons. Look for signs of active bed bugs in the seams and cracks of furniture around the pet’s bedding, too. If you find any evidence, be sure to call an exterminator right away.
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Can Dogs Pick Up Bed Bugs Outside?
In most cases, dogs will not pick up bed bugs while they are outside. This is because bed bugs usually cannot survive outside. If your neighbor has a bed bug problem, you should not be worried about your dog transferring bed bugs to and from houses. Bed bugs usually only spread between properties by riding on suitcases, purses, or other small items. They will not latch onto your pets like fleas would.
How to Protect Your Pets from Bed Bug Bites in Santa Fe NM
If you have bed bugs in your home, make sure they aren’t infesting your pet’s bedding. Similar to your own bedding, pet bedding should be washed on high heat and dried on high heat. This will kill any bed bugs or eggs that are living in your pet’s bedding. In any case, the safest call is to contact an exterminator to help get rid of your infestation. You will probably have to vacate the home with your pets during the treatment. After treatment, your exterminator will tell you the best way to keep your pet safe post-treatment.