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Can Pets Spread Bed Bugs?

Unlike fleas, bed bugs do not live on animals or pets. Bed bugs have trouble navigating through pet fur,  therefore, pets do not carry or spread bed bugs. However, bed bugs have been known to infest pet beds!

Pets may not spread bed bugs, but can bed 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, generally in areas with less hair.
  • If you notice your pet itch, bite, or show discomfort, it’s important to look for signs of bed bugs.
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Can Bed Bugs Hurt My Pet?

Bed bugs will rarely bite your dog or cat because humans are their preferred target! In the rare case your dog or cat starts showing signs of bed bug bites, it’s vital to inspect them for bed bugs. Look for shed bed bug exoskeletons near, or in their bedding. Look for live signs of bed bugs around the seams of bedding or on tags. If you discover evidence of bed bugs, it’s best to call an exterminator to quickly get rid of the infestation for you!

Can Dogs Pick Up Bed Bugs When Outside?

As a rule, dogs can’t become infested with bed bugs from being outdoors. Except for rare instances, bed bugs can’t survive outside. If your neighbor has bed bugs, you don’t need to worry that your dog will pick them up on daily walks or in your backyard.

Bed bugs spread from one property to another by hitching a ride on purses, suitcases, and other items. They will not latch onto your dog or cat in the same manner a flea would.

How Can I Protect My Pets from Bed Bugs in Louisiana?

If you are experiencing a bed bug infestation, it’s important to check your pet’s bedding! Just like your own bedding, take care in washing the items on the hot water setting of your washer, and drying with high heat. This process can remove any bed bugs or eggs in your pet’s bedding. It’s best to hire 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 instruct you on any precautions to take with your pet.

Can Pets Spread Bed Bugs? in Southern Louisiana

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