Pest Infestations are always troublesome and people become very anxious and nervous when pests like cockroaches, lizards, rats, etc., invade their property. However, there are very few pests that are as dreaded and despised as bed bugs. If your home becomes infested with bed bugs you may worry for your family and even your pets, and find yourself wondering do bed bugs bite dogs?
Can Your Dog Carry Bed Bugs?
Everyone who is familiar with bed bugs knows that they can use any mode of transport to travel from one place to another. They can travel in luggage bags, on clothes, shoes and pets. Dogs and cats don’t often carry bed bugs but these insects are opportunistic and hitchhike on pets if they have to.
When you let your dogs out in an area with bed bugs, it’s very likely that they will bring a few home with them. Bed bugs love the body temperature of living beings during feeding. They travel on your dogs and then fall on any surface your dog touches when it is back home. For example, if you allow your dog to cuddle with you on the bed, the bed bugs on your dog might fall on your bed.
Bed bugs can’t fly and can’t travel far without assistance. They move around in your bed or chair but won’t travel from a neighbor’s home to your own unless you or your pets bring the bugs in. They don’t like to move and target stationary sources of blood, which is why they’re so commonly found on beds and mattresses.
Do Bed Bugs Bite Dogs?
Yes, it can happen. Bed bugs want to drink blood and if human blood isn’t available, they will settle for animal blood. Bed bugs are known to settle in dog beds if the competition on human beds becomes too much. However, unlike fleas and ticks, these bugs aren’t biologically designed to wade through fur and hair so if your dog is very furry, they won’t latch onto them. You might find bed bugs on the dog bed, clothes, or even toys, but it’s likely the bugs will move onto more favorable targets soon enough.
Bed bugs prefer humans because we tend to be stationary, warm, and unaware during our sleep. Dogs, on the other hand, can be active, move about, and react quickly if they’re bitten. If you have a bed bug infestation, you should check all soft, dark, and convenient places in your home, including the dog beds.