If you’re a pet owner who’s endured the discomfort of bed bug bites, it stands to reason that you might be concerned for the well-being of your pets, also. Beds bugs are typically less interested in pets than people; their fur makes it more difficult for bed bugs to reach their food source. However, it’s still well within the realm of possibility that they could get bitten. Here are some measures you can take to protect your pet during a bed bug infestation.
Wash Toys and Bedding
High temperatures can kill bed bugs in all stage of life, so a simple way to cut down on bed bugs is to was clothing, linens and more—toys and bedding, in the case of your pet—in hot water and dry on high heat for at least 20 minutes.
Specially Formulated Shampoos
If you notice your pet scratching, it’s never a bad idea to consult your veterinarian. If you’re combating with a bed bug infestation, there are specially formulated shampoos you can use to protect your pets. Be sure to use them only as directed—never use a dog shampoo on a cat.
Weigh Treatment Options Carefully
Treating bed bugs with pesticides may raise concerns for pet owners. While the side effects of insecticides on animals may not be definitively known, the chemicals used in insecticides almost certainly pose some level of risk to all living things. Alternatively, heat treatments, like that provided by All Bed Bugs Begone, relies on hot steam—not harsh chemicals—to kill bed bugs.