There’s nothing more irritating and pestering than having to deal with bed bugs. We all know that it has an effect on humans, but the question is: will it also bite our furry dog friends?
Bed bugs in general, prefer to feed on humans, but they can also feed and attach themselves to other animals as well. They can also attach and bite other animals such as cats, rodents, and birds. Because of the fact that bed bugs cannot fly, they usually crawl and if your home is infested with these parasites, it is also most likely that they may pester your furbabies if you have one at home.
Bed Bugs Bite on Dogs – How Does It Look Like?
It would be easy to determine if your dog(s) had been bitten by a bed bug. It can be characterized by small, reddish bumps that often appear on their limbs and belly. Normally, bed bugs bite marks may appear in a straight line, separated in two to three groups. It would be a challenge though to find these marks on dogs who have thicker fur than those that have a thinner coat.
Just watch out for early signs as bed bugs rashes may appear if this isn’t taken care of immediately.
Bed Bugs Bite – Early Signs To Look Out For
If you’ve been bitten by a bed bug before, you know that this is undeniably itchy, and the same things may occur to our furry friends. If your dog continues to lick, scratch, bite and may look irritable, try to check if they have pests. Considering that your canine friend doesn’t have any ticks or fleas, it could be a potential sign that they’ve been bitten by a bed bug.
Aside from these physical activities and signs, you may also want to inspect your dog’s beds. If you notice some dark red spots on the beds, these could the dried blood caused by the bed bug bite; if it’s darker, it could be possible that there are bed bugs in their feces too.
Another thing to watch out for from your dog’s beddings is shed skins. What do they look like? Exactly like bed bugs, only that they’re empty, and translucent in color. If you have a good eye, you may even notice some bed bug eggs, but they’re pretty small and normally hard to spot. This is an early sign that bed bugs are starting to infest your dog’s bed, or worse, your home.
What To Do When Your Dog Has Bug Bites
Aside from the normal itching, thankfully, most bed bugs do not carry diseases, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to stop it. Generally speaking, if you’ve started noticing signs, you may stop these bed bugs by making sure that your surroundings are clean. Cleaning the entire home, especially mattresses and other areas where bed bugs might stay is the number one solution to get rid of the problem.
You may find different brands of sprays that you can use to help disinfect the entire home. However, you have to make sure that you choose those products that are safe for your dogs. We don’t want them sniffing toxic ingredients which could be detrimental to our canine friend’s health.
The worst thing that could happen when a dog has bed bites is that they won’t get sick, but they may develop skin infections due to the scratching. With that in mind, you can find some powders or sprays that you can use to at least lessen the itchy sensation and prevent them from scratching the bites.
Some of these products can help reduce the inflammation, which in turn stops the itching and prevents skin lesions and infections.
How To Control These Bed Bugs And Get Rid Of Them Forever!
One of the most common problems dog owners have to face is that some products and methods for getting rid of bed bugs may potentially cause serious harm to their dog’s health. While most products may be too strong for our furry friends, you can find bed bug sprays that are completely safe for pets and even children. Look for those that are biodegradable and products that are generally recognized by the FDA.
Non-toxic bed bug sprays and treatments are often safe to use, especially if the bed bugs haven’t infested the entire home yet. This means that if you’ve caught the early signs, these can be done by yourself and they would typically go away without having to worry about it in the next couple of days.
Otherwise, if you feel like the severity of the bed bugs infestation is already out of control, it’s best that you go and seek the help of a professional. There are different methods that can be used to help treat bed bugs such as fumigations, chemical applications, and even heat treatments. All of these will be discussed with you with a professional. Make sure that you also discuss that you have pets with you at home so they can suggest the best possible solution for your situation.
During those worst cases, if the infestation is severe and mild treatments and even bug-repellant sprays can’t even handle it, the exterminator may request that you leave the area especially if you have pets and children for about 4 – 6 hours.
If you’re dealing with bed bugs and worried about your family and pet’s health, take a deep breath. You are not alone. The great thing about this is that there are numerous products in the market that can help you stop and prevent these bed bugs from ever infesting your house again. If the worst-case scenario happens, a professional will be able to help you get rid of it.
Just make sure that you speak with a reliable exterminating company, one that cares about your pets, and discuss all your needs so they can suggest the perfect treatment for a pest-free home. The next step would be to stay away from your home for about 6 hours (in worst cases it may take days), wait it out, and go back to your home free from these disgusting and infuriating pests.