Bed bugs can be a real nuisance. These little critters can keep us up at night and cause other discomfort to our lives. They can also spread relatively quickly if the proper precautions are not taken, furthering the annoyance. Bed bugs can even spread to our pets, which leads to even more issues. If you suspect your cats or dogs have bed bugs, get them inspected to reduce the spread of infestation.
How bed bugs spread
Bed bugs can travel around through a variety of means. They can hitch a ride on clothing, bedding, and furniture – which is how they can commonly spread around a city. But they can potentially find a brief home on your pet’s fur. While the bed bugs don’t tend to stay on the pet, they can use the pet as a means of relocation. This means those bed bugs can continue to spread around your home and all the locations where your pet is resting. Bed bugs are more commonly found in cool dark places such as the insides of furniture – which is often a common sleeping spot for our furry companions, so the ride is usually temporary.
What happens when my pet has bed bugs
If your cat or dog is carrying bed bugs, you may start to find the bugs on your couches, pet beds, and toys. Because your pet can travel around a lot in a day, bed bugs can spread more easily. Humans take showers and change their clothes, which can help prevent the spread of bed bugs. But animals see fewer baths. Soon your bed bug problem will be more than just the bed.
The bed bugs may still bite cats or dogs during their time on the animal or when the pet is resting. This can cause the pet to be irritated and they will tend to scratch more frequently. While bed bugs usually don’t pose a serious risk to animals, the problem should not be left unaddressed.
Bed bug inspection
During our bed bug inspections we will take into account all the variables of your home, how the bed bugs can travel, and where they have been seen already. If we see that you have a pet in your home, we will make sure that the animal’s bed and toys are also carefully inspected. During our treatment we make sure to use methods that are safe for animals to prevent any harm to them.
If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation in your home, call Local Pest Control at 778-828-6094.