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Unlike fleas or tickets, bed bugs have no interest in latching onto your dogs or cats. Therefore, it is rare for pets to carry or spread bed bugs. However, it’s still important to keep an eye on your pets during a bed bug infestation. Here’s what to know:
Bed bugs have little interest in biting or feeding on your dogs or cats, as humans are their main target! While rare, if 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 often around the seams of bedding or on tags. If you find evidence, it’s best to contact your local bed bug control expert as soon as possible.
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It is very rare for bed bugs to latch onto dogs outside. This is because bed bugs are rarely outside to begin with! 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 aren’t likely going to latch onto your pet like a flea or tick might.
If you have bed bugs, it’s important to check your pet’s bedding! Similar 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.