Can Pets Spread Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs have little interest in your cats or dogs, unlike fleas! However, bed bugs will certainly infest your pet beds, making it important to check them.
Pets do not spread bed bugs, but can bed bugs bite your cat or dog? Here’s what to know:
- Bed bugs prefer human hosts, but can bite dogs, cats, rodents, and even birds!
- Bed bugs do not live in in or on your pet’s skin.
- If you think your pet has been 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, take them to your vet, and consider calling an exterminator to check for bed bugs in your home.
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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! If you notice bed bug bites on your dog or cat, it’s important to look for signs of bed bugs in your home. Keep an eye out for shed bed bug exoskeletons near or in their beds, 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 Outdoors?
Unlike many types of pests, bed bugs aren’t crawling outdoors. This makes it rare for your pets to pick up bed bugs outside. Except for rare cases, bed bugs cannot survive in an outdoors environment. 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 won’t be latching onto your dog or cat!
Protecting Your Pets from Bed Bugs in Illinois and Indiana
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 dry them thoroughly in high heat This can remove any bed bugs or eggs in your pet’s bedding. It’s always best to simply have an exterminator treat your entire property when you find a bed bug problem inside.