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Bed Bugs And Dogs

Bed Bugs And 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 Bugs And 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 Bugs And 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 Bugs And Dogs

The Ultimate Hitchhiker and Your PetGlobal diversification increases distribution of many types of microorganisms and pests. Bed bugs have officially gained the title Ultimate Hitchhiker. Animals can carry bed bugs as easy as any other pest, it just happens less often. Bed bugs are a member of the genus Cimex. Every insect in this genus is a bloodsucker of one form or another. For example, one variety, called “bat bugs,” feeds on bats. The type that infests most homes these days are of the genus Cimex lectularius, and they love human blood. Do They Prefer Humans or Pets? Many people feel confusion because bed bugs are known to dislike hair and fur and that they prefer a human host. It is true that they prefer humans and dislike fur. It is also true that they will take what they can get when they can get it. The scientific fact is that bed bugs can feed on any warm-blooded animal, so they are not going to let themselves starve just because they dislike fur. In almost all cases, except a rare few, you are going to get bitten before your cat does. Bed bugs are the hungry wolf, and you are the grandma. They will not eat Little Red Ridding Hood (your cat) until after they eat grandma (you).
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Bed Bugs And Dogs

Global diversification increases distribution of many types of microorganisms and pests. Bed bugs have officially gained the title Ultimate Hitchhiker. Animals can carry bed bugs as easy as any other pest, it just happens less often. Bed bugs are a member of the genus Cimex. Every insect in this genus is a bloodsucker of one form or another. For example, one variety, called “bat bugs,” feeds on bats. The type that infests most homes these days are of the genus Cimex lectularius, and they love human blood. Do They Prefer Humans or Pets? Many people feel confusion because bed bugs are known to dislike hair and fur and that they prefer a human host. It is true that they prefer humans and dislike fur. It is also true that they will take what they can get when they can get it. The scientific fact is that bed bugs can feed on any warm-blooded animal, so they are not going to let themselves starve just because they dislike fur. In almost all cases, except a rare few, you are going to get bitten before your cat does. Bed bugs are the hungry wolf, and you are the grandma. They will not eat Little Red Ridding Hood (your cat) until after they eat grandma (you).
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Bed Bugs And Dogs

Bed bugs are great hitch-hikers and expert hiders. Due to their small size, they can hide away and be transported into a home through “passive transport”, that is: they simply hitch a ride in furniture seams, mattress folds, seams in luggage, folded clothes, bedding, etc. In multi-family or multi-occupancy homes and buildings (e.g. apartment buildings, hotels, shelters, rooming houses, cruise ships) bed bugs can also move actively between rooms (i.e. they can literally walk from one room to another). Bed bugs are closely associated with people and our belongings. Although bugs can sometimes be found on cats and dogs, this situation is unusual; it is not likely that cats and dogs will introduce a bed bug infestation into a home because any bugs that crawled onto them to feed during the night generally would have gone into hiding during the day. So, it is more likely the bugs are stowed away in your luggage than on your cat or dog (or on you, for that matter).
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Bed Bugs And Dogs

An alternative method is to use a double blind confirmation system that uses multiple-dogs and multiple handlers. This type of an approach can help overcome some of these issues and often adds the level of certainty needed for both the handler as well as the contracting party. The way this works is that the area is independently inspected by two different handlers, each using a different dog and the results of the two inspections is compared. If both dogs indicate the presence of bed bugs in the same areas, independently of one another, the likelihood that bed bugs are actually present is quite high. Still, you must decide what you are going to do with this information. One option is to say that a double positive indication is viewed as a confirmation that bugs are present. A mixed result, one dog alerts and the second does not, could be viewed as reason to perform a visual inspection in an effort to find bugs or eggs. If visual inspection fails to reveal evidence of a live infestation, you must decide whether or not to treat for bed bugs or to just keep a close eye on the situation. Other options might include implanting the use of other tools that can help aid in the detection of bed bugs such as mattress encasements, insect interception devices, CO2 traps, or other detection traps as they are developed (also see section on Early Detection Devices) .

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