Can Pets Spread Bed Bugs?
Unlike fleas, bed bugs do not live on animals or pets. Therefore, cats and dogs do not carry or spread bed bugs. That said, bed bugs have been known to infest pet beds!
Pets may not spread bed bugs, but will the bugs bite your dog or cat?
- Bed bugs prefer human hosts, but can bite dogs, cats, rodents, and even birds!
- Bed bugs will not live on or in your pet’s fur.
- If you pet is bitten, the bites will look like tiny red bumps on their belly or limbs, typically in areas with less hair.
- If you notice your pet itch, bite, or show discomfort, it’s smart to look for the signs of bed bugs.
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Will Bed Bugs Hurt Your Pet?
Bed bugs will rarely go for your cat or dog, as humans are their main target! In the rare case your dog or cat starts showing signs of bed bug bites, it’s important to further inspect. Look for shed bed bug exoskeletons near or in their bedding. Look for live signs of bed bugs, as well, often around the seams of bedding or on tags. If you find evidence, it’s best to call an exterminator to quickly get rid of the infestation for you!
Can Dogs Get Bed Bugs Outside?
For the most part, dogs can’t get bed bugs outdoors. Except for rare cases, bed bugs cannot survive outside. If your neighbor has bed bugs, you don’t need to worry about your dog picking them up on your daily walk or in your backyard. Bed bugs spread from one property to another by hitching a ride on purses, suitcases, or more. They will not latch onto your dog or cat in the same manner a flea would.
How to Protect Your Pets from Bed Bugs in Georgia
If you have bed bugs, it’s important to check your pet’s bedding! Similarly to your own bedding, take care in washing the items in a hot washing machine, and drying with heat. This can remove any bed bugs or eggs in your pet’s bedding. In any case, it’s best to get an exterminator to completely remove an infestation. You will likely have to remove your pet from the premises when a professional treats your property for bed bugs. After treatment, your exterminator will ensure you are made aware of any precautions to take with your pet.
Can Pets Spread Bed Bugs? in Georgia
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