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Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

Yes, in addition to biting and feeding on people, bedbugs are known to feed on cats and dogs in infested homes. How do you know if you have an infestation? There are several clues or signs that can help identify infestations. In rare reports, people have observed bed bugs crawling on themselves, or their pets. However, as mentioned above, this is unusual. More likely, are the telltale signs of small insect bites anywhere on the body; these may resemble those of other biting insects (mosquitos or fleas), so it is important to look for other signs. Like other insects, bed bugs must shed their exoskeletons in order to grow, so finding these “molts” can help identify an infestation, as well as finding actual bed bugs in the folds of the mattress or trapped in the sheets. In addition, bed bug feces may leave rusty spots on bedding or nearby furniture and bugs are said to give a sweet, musty odor to areas in which they are present. Additionally, a number of commercial bed bug traps and monitors are now available, and bed bug detecting dogs can sniff out infestations.
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Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

Extermination Techniques To Do Additional Info Continued Maintenance Vacuum pet’s bed Pay close attention to seams of pet bets. If a pet bed can be machine washed and dried for an hour, this is preferable. Wash and dry bedding regularly Wash bedding If your pet’s bed is too large to be washed or the laundering instructions do not include washing, use a steam machine instead. Steam bedding regularly Dry bedding for at least 30 minutes The best chance to kill them is to place the pet bed in the dryer for an hour. Vacuum area regularly Steam clean pet bed If you cannot wash or dry your pet bed, use a steam cleaner to kill bugs.   Vacuum under pet bed and all areas around it Not only do you have to get bugs off the bed, you need to clean all areas near and around pet beds.   Empty vacuum Vacuuming does not kill them. If you do not empty the vacuum, they will escape. Seal the vacuum bag in a large ziplock bag and throw away. If there is no bag, empty contents into a large zip lock bag and dispose.   Seal trim, cracks, and crevices near pet bed Use caulk to seal any crack or crevice in the walls near the pet bed. Try to avoid putting a pet bed around outlets.   Use Revolution on cats and dogs Revolution is the best heartworm & flea treatment on the market. Studies show it may also help deter bed bugs from biting your pet.  
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Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

To Do Additional Info Continued Maintenance Vacuum pet’s bed Pay close attention to seams of pet bets. If a pet bed can be machine washed and dried for an hour, this is preferable. Wash and dry bedding regularly Wash bedding If your pet’s bed is too large to be washed or the laundering instructions do not include washing, use a steam machine instead. Steam bedding regularly Dry bedding for at least 30 minutes The best chance to kill them is to place the pet bed in the dryer for an hour. Vacuum area regularly Steam clean pet bed If you cannot wash or dry your pet bed, use a steam cleaner to kill bugs.   Vacuum under pet bed and all areas around it Not only do you have to get bugs off the bed, you need to clean all areas near and around pet beds.   Empty vacuum Vacuuming does not kill them. If you do not empty the vacuum, they will escape. Seal the vacuum bag in a large ziplock bag and throw away. If there is no bag, empty contents into a large zip lock bag and dispose.   Seal trim, cracks, and crevices near pet bed Use caulk to seal any crack or crevice in the walls near the pet bed. Try to avoid putting a pet bed around outlets.   Use Revolution on cats and dogs Revolution is the best heartworm & flea treatment on the market. Studies show it may also help deter bed bugs from biting your pet.  
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Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

Bed bugs are sometimes mistaken for ticks or cockroaches. They don’t fly, but they can move fast. They are usually active at night and tend to hide close to sleeping areas during the day. They’re very efficient hiders, and can get into very tiny crevices (and you thought your cat was good at hiding!). Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown in color and about the size of an apple seed. Immature bed bugs are smaller, but still visible to the naked eye, and are more translucent white-yellow in color. A bed bug that has just fed on a person or pet is somewhat torpedo-shaped and more reddish in color. Bed bug poop (fecal spots) are small, round, black spots – similar to the “flea dirt” produced by fleas. For more information (including pictures) about identifying bed bugs, view How to Identify a Bed Bug Infestation (PDF).
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Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

Bed bugs do not live on animals the way fleas do. They are hidden in the environment and come out only at night to feed. Thus, it is unusual for pets to carry bugs on them. Protecting pets from bed bugs is achieved by default as you protect yourself and your home from bed bugs: through vigilance and hygiene. If you already have an infestation at home, eradicating that infestation will keep your entire family (including your pets) protected from the nuisance of bed bugs. When travelling (with or without your pet), check areas around the bed (head board and box spring, especially) for bed bugs or signs of bed bug infestation. Remember that these bugs are visible to the naked eye, although they are small. Keep luggage, pet crates and pet bedding away from the bed, if possible (consider storing them in the bathroom or a space away from sleeping areas and couches). When leaving your hotel, inspect all luggage, pet crates and pet bedding carefully to try to ensure no hidden bugs will be travelling home with you. Consider having your pet bathed and groomed before bringing them home (this may remove any bugs from the animal if they happen to be present), and visually inspect your pet for bed bugs. Luggage, pet carriers, and bedding can be left in the car for about 1-2 weeks after you return home. In areas of the country with extreme weather (hot and cold) this can further reduce the number of live bed bugs by heat-killing or freezing them. When you do bring these belongings into your home, launder everything immediately (clothing, pet bedding, etc.) being sure to use hot water and/or the dryer on medium-high heat; washing alone will not kill bed bugs, but high-heat drying will. There is no fail-safe way to ensure that you, your belongings or your pet will not bring unwanted guests home, but these measures can help reduce the risk.
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Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research on these 3rd party bed bug dog certification companies. IBBMA seems to be the only one of the 3 that is not connected with dog sales. The trainers on the NESDCA list and the WDDO list are the larger operations that sell detector dogs. Somehow that just doesn’t seem right to me…Over the years I have worked in agencies that trained and certified law enforcement K-9’s, all but 1 were detector dogs. I’ve since bought a rescue from a local dog pound and trained her in bed bug detection. She has about 130 hours of training in her now and I will be testing our team with IBBMA first…and that whole 800 to 1000 hours of training just doesn’t cut it. If you look at the age of the dogs that are for sale, the math doesn’t cut it either…way too many hours per day for a 2-3 year old dog for the math to even begin to work.
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Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

A: The first clue might be unexplained, itchy bug bites, but these bites can also resemble other bug bites and the reactions to bed bug bites can vary. Blood spots on your sheets are an early and consistent indication of an infestation. Other signs include visual evidence in the form of actual bugs, molted skins, fecal spots (bed bug poop) or aggregations of all of these.
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Bed Bug Treatment For Dogs

Hi, How does someone interested in doing this with their dog/dogs get started? I am in NW Ohio and am retiring. I would love to do something with my dogs that could continue to earn me some income, but be fun. I have been in the healthcare field for years and years. This has always been work. Earning an income with my dogs would not feel like work. I have had dogs for years and have trained them in multiple venues. Recently we have been doing scent work which they love. This is a natural thing for dogs to do as is the herding that we do in the summer. To me, working with the dogs in something that is natural for them, is the most fun. Let me know who I could contact or how I might proceed in order to learn more about doing this. Thanks.

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