You may be wondering whether bed bugs can feed on dogs. The answer is yes. However, they cannot live in your dog’s hair or on its body. They prefer to live near human hosts, where they feed during the night. That’s why they are often found in the mattress, box spring, or frame. Bed bugs can also live in dog beds, so beware of beds with plastic casing. Instead, look for beds with piping or fabric casing.
You can also check your pet for the bites and signs of an infestation. While you might not find live bed bugs, you will likely notice secondary signs of an infestation, including translucent shed exoskeletons, dark spots that are the remains of bug droppings, and red blood stains on your dog’s bedding. Despite these warning signs, you may never notice an infestation until you see the bugs crawling around your pet.
If you suspect your dog has a bed bug infestation, the best course of action is to contact a pest management company that has experience in eradicating bedbugs in both family homes and businesses. They have many options for treatment, and you can choose from heat treatments, chemical applications, or fumigation. Depending on the severity of the infestation, the recommended course of treatment may vary.
In addition to treating your dog’s bed with a specific treatment, you should also wash all bedding and mattresses. Your dog’s bed should also be cleaned and ventilated.