How To Tell The Difference Between Ticks And Bed Bugs

How To Tell The Difference Between Ticks And Bed Bugs

We often get queries from our readers and most of them are pertaining to the identification of bed bugs. Pet owners especially want to know ‘the difference between ticks and bed bugs’. We thought that is a great question so we decided to go ahead with a blog post on that. Today we will answer the question: ‘does a bed bug look like a tick?’

Bed bugs and Ticks: Similarities and Differences

Ticks are of different kinds but the main classification is done on the basis of their exoskeleton. Based on this you can have either hard ticks or soft ticks. Humans and pets tend to pick up ticks from yards, camping grounds, bushy or grassy trails and woody, infested areas. Tick season starts from early spring and continues until fall. However, many species of ticks can be found all year round, especially inside heated buildings. Ticks are oval, like bed bugs, and also have similar reddish brownish color. Soft and hard ticks both reside near their hosts’ dwellings. Soft ticks prefer humans, dogs, cats, raccoons, mice deer and other mammals as their hosts. Hard ticks prefer humans mostly but in their absence, could go in for other hosts too. Some species of ticks also feed on birds. The reason why ticks are difficult to eliminate, like bed bugs, is that they lay hundreds of eggs which can remain dormant in the environment for months. If you find ticks in bed from your dog, you must take all precautions to control the infestation.

Similarities

Bed bugs and ticks have many similarities. They are both wingless, have similar coloration and almost similar shape. The main differences between the two are: bed bugs have 6 legs while ticks have 8 legs. Bed bugs are significantly longer compared to ticks. A fully grown bed bug adult can measure up to 3/8 th of an inch. The color may vary from brownish red to translucent yellow. Viewed from top, bed bugs are oval and flat. Freshly fed bed bugs appear robust. Similarly, freshly fed ticks are swollen and engorged.

Differences

Bed bugs belong to the insect class so their behavior and nesting habits are different than those of ticks. You will mainly find bed bugs indoors in mattresses, near beds and in cracks and crevices in sleeping areas. You might even see them on window sills, under frames of paintings, and couches. Bed bugs mostly stay away from bathrooms and moist places. Their infestations have become common in the United States thanks to more people traveling and living in motels. Many theaters in the country are also known to be infested. Bed bugs are even hitching rides on subway trains, planes and buses. Ticks on the other hand are usually seen on pets, pet bedding, and outdoors in the yards, in tall grass and woody underbrush. They belong to the Arachnida class.

Bed bugs generally do not carry any diseases-causing pathogens. Ticks on the other hand are known to be vectors of many deadly diseases including Lyme Disease, Rickettsia, and Ehrliosis.

Bed bugs feed on the host for a few minutes at a time following which they return to their hiding places. Ticks can remain attached for days to their host during which period they could transmit disease causing pathogens to the host. It is vital to seek medical help if you develop fever, joint ache or other symptoms.

Other bugs that look like bed bugs

Apart from ticks, many other bugs are confused for bed bugs including bat bugs, immature German cockroaches. Bat bugs look very similar to bed bugs but they do not bite humans. They also have different behavioral patterns. Immature German cockroaches are also often mistaken for bed bugs but can be differentiated based on longer antennae. Bed bug antennae are shorter and not easily visible.

How to identify bed bugs

  • Refer to bugs mistaken for bed bugs pictures as well as bed bug pictures provided on this website.
  • If possible, place the trapped bug against a white background. Use a light to examine it well. Invest in a magnifying lens to view the bugs. Most common bug similar to bed bug is the bat bug. Ticks are also similar to bed bugs so viewing these under magnification can help you see the differences.
  • Apart from physical differences, bed bugs and bugs similar to bed bugs will also show differences in behavior and existing conditions. Take these into account as well.

Summary

  • Bed bugs and ticks are very similar in appearance but on close observation, you might find many differences. They have different number of legs-bed bugs have only 6 whereas tics have 8 legs.
  • Apart from physical differences bed bugs and ticks also show different nesting and feeding behaviors. Ticks like to remain attached to their hosts whereas bed bugs leave their host after they have had their fill of blood meal.
  • You will usually find bed bugs indoors, near sleeping areas. Ticks on the other hand prefer outdoors.
  • Bed bugs do not carry diseases but can wreak havoc psychologically on their victims. Lack of sleep can cause anxiety and stress. Ticks are carriers of many important and often fatal diseases including Lyme Disease and Rickettsia.
  • Apart from ticks, many other bugs may be mistaken for bed bugs. Bat bugs and young German cockroaches are the main ones among these.

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my dog brought in ticks into my bed, how do i get rid of them?

alright, so this is the effect from my question «will the groomer take care of the ticks in my dog’s coat?». i have found several ticks in my bed — because my dog sleeps with me — and have washed the sheets and blankets and pillowcases several times aswell. i rechecked my dog (now that she had a haircut) and found no ticks. but i just found another tick this morning, on my shoulder. i can’t just throw the sheets out, because they’re relativlely new and expensive for me. is there something i can put in the wash with the sheets so the ticks will at least die?

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This has nothing to do with your sheets! You need to clean your whole room! This also mean vaccuming every nook and crany!

The dog has probably drops ticks in your room and your house. why on earth did you allow your dog to sleep with you knowing it was tick infested?

Just clean your room and keep a sharp look out in the house. If the dog is getting them from your yard than either call in someone to spray fro them or go and get something that will kill them. Just make sure you understand and read the lable as to when your dog can walk on the sprayed area!

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Flea dips wont do anything against ticks. Use a topical preventative such as Frontline Plus or Frontline Top Spot which can be picked up OTC at the vet or at a pet store. Ticks generally will die outside in the cold without either a host or a location where they can stay warm between hosts. There is no reason to fear ticks. Just check everyone in the house thoroughly, especially in areas that get especially warm and moist such as armpits, feet, beltline and groin. Ticks need about 24-48 hours to transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease (Burrellia Burgdorferi) so if you are concerned do a once a day check ( I recommend this anyway especially in the spring, summer, and fall) and you should be fine. The basket can come in as well, no use in letting a good laundry baskett go to waste.

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Ticks are pretty hardy little bugs. I took towels out of the dryer & found two life ticks. So washing & drying is not enough to kill them.

You need to treat your dog as well as your yard & house. One female tick can lay a thousand eggs.

To treat your home & yard you need to do it every two weeks for 6 weeks. The first time you treat the area you are killing all adults & most of the young ones but you are not killing the eggs or larve. The second time you treat the area you are killing the young & any that may have missed the first treatment. The third time you treat the area you are killing anything that has slipped through the first two treatments. Now once a month after that should take care of the infestion.

I need to do the same thing with my dogs & yard.

Ticks are really bad this year.

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Ewwww. you just made me itchy. First of all, get the dog out of your bed!

Make sure you put Frontline on that dog and clean your whole room top to bottom and inside out. How could you let the dog sleep in your bed knowing he had ticks?? That is so gross.

You do know hat certain ticks carry Lime disease right?? Why would you still have the dog in your bed knowing you can get this disease??

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You need to get some frontline for the dog to make sure the ticks dont come back. The ticks are living in your carpets as opposed to your sheets etc and you need to fumigate the house with something like Indorex or Acclaim. See link.

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I use different words, sounds, hand signals for each of my puppies. If the commands are not working, I change them. I do not beat, yell, or rub their nose in pee. I don’t use the command «no» because it confuses puppies. The words, «know, no» come up in conversation, and it confuses them, I use something like «shame» or «ssht» or «off» or «settle down» or whatever that puppy responds to. Some I use signs from sign language, some I use thumbs up hand signal if I want them to continue what they are doing, or a shake of a finger like I am scolding them, if I don’t want them to continue what they are doing. I was taught that puppies/dogs want to please you, so I focus on that. I teach them what behaviors I allow and what ones I don’t allow and remember to praise good behavior so they keep doing it. There isn’t a right or wrong answer in my world, what works for one puppy might not work for another. I do a lot of things you would find farmers do with their dogs, it doesn’t have to make sense in my world, it just has to work. My neighbor calls the ducks with a duck call and they come. I burp on the way down to the pond and the ducks come for me when I burp. It doesn’t have to make sense, it just has to work. I want to train my angel dolls, I don’t want them to be terrified of me, and I don’t have to make them terrified of me to get them to please me, just like I didn’t have to make my troops terrified of me to get the job done. I address a behavior the second it starts, each time it starts as many times as it takes until I win the war. I realize my IQ doesn’t matter, diplomas and awards don’t matter, I am about to do battle with an 8-week-old puppy who is already smarter than I am, and hopefully at the end of training, they are trained, and I have the very smallest amount of sanity left

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It isn’t that frontline and advantage don’t work, it is that nothing is 100 % and they work a lot better than nothing. Nothing is 100 times worse. I would l do spring cleaning top to bottom and fumigate over and over

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How to get rid of fleas and ticks out my bed?

I wake up to bite mark from fleas and ticks from my bed

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I doubt you have ticks in your bed. Ticks like to live outside. It sounds like you have bedbugs. Bedbugs look like ticks.

Your best bet is to hire a professional exterminator. However, sometimes even an exterminator cannot get rid of bed bugs. If the exterminator fails or if you just cannot afford an exterminator, you can get rid of the bed bugs with baking soda.

Buy about 10 boxes of baking soda. And you’ll need more later. You might want to buy in bulk. This site seems to be reasonable: http://www.camdengrey.com/essential-oils/Raw-Mater.

Costco usually carries large bags of baking soda, too.

Start with one room at a time. maybe your bedroom.

1. Vacuum. Then sprinkle the baking soda everywhere on the floor. Make sure you put a good coating around and under the bed. Spread the baking soda with a broom, so you have a fairly even coating. Just leave the baking soda on the floor. Do not vacuum.

2. Remove all sheets and comforters. Wash these in detergent and Hot water. Dry thoroughly.

3. Vacuum the bed extremely well.

4. If you can afford to replace the mattress, replace it. If not, buy a bed bug mattress cover, like these: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbm=shop&sclient=psy-.

I’m sure you can find these at Walmart and Kmart if you’d rather not buy on line.

Sprinkle baking soda directly on your mattress before putting the mattress cover on. Make sure you flip the mattress in order to coat both sides with baking soda. Also use a generous amount of baking soda at the edges and in creases. Bed Bugs love the creases at the edges of the mattress. After coating with baking soda, you then put the mattress cover on and just leave it on. do not remove it for a year.

5. Now to create a barrier between you and any bedbugs.

Wrap duct tape or Gorilla Tape around the bed legs STICKY SIDE OUT. This way the bugs will get stuck trying to get to you. Another alternative is to buy some peel and stick tiles and place the feet of your bed on these. (Place a little square of paper towel directly under the feet of the bed to keep the feet from sticking to the tiles.) Place the tiles sticky-side up, so the bugs will get stuck on the tiles. Change the tape or tiles as needed.

Or you can place the feet of your bed in bed bugs traps, such as these:

6. Pull the bed away from the wall so that it does not touch.

7. Remake the bed, but never allow sheets or comforters to touch the floor.

Vacuum the floors as need but re-apply baking soda. (Just leave the mattress covers on.)

Treat all bedrooms this way. Also treat any room that you suspect harbors bed bugs. Treat for a full year. Yes, a year! Bed bugs are extremely hardy and it will take a full year of all out war to get rid of them.

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Your bedrooms will look a little funny with baking soda all over the floors, but it beats the alternative.

I would use baking soda, as opposed to Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE works, but DE also cuts lungs in both people and pets, so it’s dangerous. Baking soda is gentle on people and pets but will kill the bed bugs.

I would also use baking soda as opposed to Borax. Borax is a poison that is harmful to people and pets. Plus it has been banned in many countries.

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Preventing Ticks: How To Get Rid Of Tick Naturally In The Landscape

Ticks are nasty little pests that feed on the blood of vertebrates – including you and your pets. If you’re anxious to learn about preventing ticks or you want to know how to get rid of ticks, read on for more info.

Controlling Ticks in my Garden

Ticks can carry lyme disease and other of dangerous diseases, and although there are several types of ticks, they all have eight legs and rounded bodies. Contrary to popular belief, ticks don’t jump or fly and they don’t fall from trees. However, they wait on convenient places such as brush, shrubs or blades of grass, where they are primed to grasp warm bodies that walk by. Usually, they begin on the lower legs, then work their way up the body until they find a handy place to dine.

It is for this reason that tick control for yards and gardens is important. If possible, make an effort to get rid of ticks naturally. Natural control is safer for people, pets and the environment, and natural techniques are generally much more effective than pesticides.

If you notice ticks, spray or dust the borders of your yard with a product containing pyrethrins, which are natural insecticides produced by pyrethrum daisies. Some products may consist of a synthetic compound derived from the natural substance. Additionally, you can treat areas around doghouses or kennels, as well as shrubbery and grassy or brushy areas.

Preventing Ticks

When it comes to ticks, the old adage is true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keep in mind that ticks are most prevalent in the 3- to 4-foot perimeter surrounding your yard. This is the high risk zone that requires the most attention. Your goal is to make this area as unfriendly to ticks as possible.

Begin by removing brush and debris in the tick zone, then place a thick layer of gravel or mulch over the zone to create a barrier between your lawn and the outer world. Locate children’s play areas and picnic or recreational areas safely away from the perimeter. Consider placing a layer of mulch made from recycled rubber or cedar chips under swing sets to prevent abrasions to tender knees and elbows.

The following tips on preventing ticks can also help with tick control in yards:

  • Brush pets carefully after they’ve been exposed to brush or tall grass. This will remove the ticks while they’re still relatively easy to deal with, and will keep the pests from taking up residence in your home.
  • Locate woodpiles a distance away from your home, and stack the wood neatly to prevent hiding places for mice and other critters that attract ticks.
  • Keep your pet’s bedding and sleeping area clean.
  • Avoid dense groundcovers or crowded flower beds.
  • Prune trees and shrubbery regularly to prevent dark, damp areas that attract ticks.
  • Treat your pet with a tick or flea repellent regularly. Natural products are available.

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How to Get Rid of Ticks in Carpet

Things You’ll Need

Vacuum cleaner with disposable bags

Zip-type storage bags

Upholstery and carpet steamer

Brush your pet daily with a comb to determine there are no ticks or other foreign bodies.

Warning

Take your child or pet to an appropriate medical facility if you suspect a tick is present.

Ticks are parasites that are related to mites and spiders. They feed on the blood of animals and humans by attaching themselves to a host. A tick can cause anything from mild itching and redness to more serious complications such as Lyme disease that can cause neurological problems and even be fatal if not diagnosed in time. Carpets provide a good nesting place for ticks to lay their eggs. Ticks are so persistent that if necessary, use a commercial pesticide and remove your family, pets and houseplants for a few days.

Step 1

Locate any areas that might be infested with ticks. Mark down the areas so you know where to concentrate most to get rid of the pests.

Step 2

Vacuum the carpet methodically. Start at one end of the room and go across to the other end in a straight line. When you get to the other side of the room begin another straight line slightly overlapping the first line you vacuumed. Pay particular attention to the areas where you noticed the ticks. Place the vacuum bag in a zip-style storage bag, seal and dispose of it in a trashcan outside your house as soon as possible.

Step 3

Wash anything that can be removed from the room. Concentrate on items such as seat covers, cushions and pillows.

Step 4

Start at one end of the room and sprinkle a generous layer of kosher salt on the carpet while paying extra attention to areas that you know have ticks. Allow the salt to remain on the carpet overnight and re-vacuum in the morning. Remove the vacuum bag and place in another zip-type storage bag. Dispose of it immediately.

Step 5

Steam clean your carpets throughout the house; use the upholstery steamer for all furniture that has covering that cannot be removed. Wash any linen, blankets or other exposed furnishing coverings and dry in a dryer according to instructions on the fabric.

Step 6

Use a pesticide in the entire house if all else fails. Remove your family and pets for at least 48 hours after applying the pesticide. The best type of pesticide is the «bomb» type. You can set it to permeate the house with one use.

Step 7

Leave the windows closed and stay out of the house for 24 hours. Open the windows and allow the house to air out for another 24 hours and then return to vacuum furniture and carpeting thoroughly. Dispose of the vacuum bag.

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Here Are Tips That Will Help If Your Dog Has Bed Bugs

S o yes, you’ve been struggling with bedbugs in your home. With time and effort, you’re finally getting rid of the repulsive creatures. But then your dog started scratching itself. When you investigated, you found small bite marks. You’ve treated for ticks and fleas. The blood spots and dark smears in the dog bed look just like the ones you discovered on your bedding. Apparently, the bugs have moved from your bed to the dog bed. How do you get rid of them without harming the dog? Don’t give up. We’ve collected tips in this article to help you eradicate bedbugs on dogs.

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Is It Possible for My Dog to Get Bed Bugs?

Bed bug nymph taking a blood meal

Dogs and other pets aren’t the first choices for hungry bedbugs. It’s hard for the bugs to navigate through animal fur. The only food that bed bugs consume is blood from warm-blooded mammals, and they prefer to snack on humans. Bed bugs go through several stages of growth from eggs to adults. Once they hatch from the eggs, they can’t progress from one stage to the next stage without a blood meal.

Bedbugs like to eat every few days, but they can go for months without a meal. They find a dark place to hide, including the linings in your dog’s bed. They can also hide in cracks or crevices in a dog house. If you can fit a credit card in an opening, the opening is big enough for a bed bug. When bedbugs need to eat, they’ll do everything possible to find a human to bite.

If a person isn’t available, they will feed on whatever is available, including:

  • Birds,
  • Cats,
  • Dogs,
  • Any mammalian pet.

Unusual behavior in your pet, especially scratching or picking, warrants checking their environment for bedbugs.

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What Are the Signs?

Bed bug bite on a dog

Bedbugs don’t live on you or your dog. The bugs attach themselves to skin, pierce the skin, and suck blood for several minutes. Then they detach and scurry back to their hiding places. You may occasionally see a bed bug on your dog if it’s become tangled in the fur.

If bedbugs are biting your dog, they’re living in its bed, on its toys, or in its doghouse. You might see a few blood spots if your dog rolled over on a bug. More likely, you’ll see dark spots that smear when you try to clean them. That’s bed bug feces. Bedbugs shed their exoskeletons, so you might find those anywhere your dog sleeps. You might also find eggs on surfaces.

Your dog may or may not have welts or lesions if bitten. It’s important that you eliminate the possibility of a tick or flea infestation when you see a bite. You’ll find those bugs living on your dog, and the treatment for them is significantly different from what it is for bedbugs on dogs.

Bed Bug Bites Can Be Serious: How to prevent them?

Some dogs may have an allergic reaction to bedbug bites. The itching causes them to scratch constantly. Some dogs will lose patches of hair. Others may develop rashes or blisters. Without relief, dogs can become anxious. For many dogs, the incessant scratching irritates their skin, and they’re at risk for an infection.

You can prevent bed bugs from infesting your dog by keeping bugs out of your home. Bedbugs are travelers. It’s not unusual for them to take up residence in motels and hotels because they easily crawl into luggage. You need to check the premises for bed bugs anytime you stay away from home.

Some of the places where bedbugs can hide

Other places where bedbugs are commonly found include:

  • Apartments,
  • Dorms,
  • Hospitals,
  • Nursing homes,
  • Private residences,
  • Seats in public transport.

Bed bugs live wherever humans spend time.

Even if you don’t find evidence of bedbugs, it’s wise to take precautions with your possessions. One of the best tips is to place your luggage on a plastic sheet rather than on motel beds. The same precautions apply to your dog’s bed and toys.

When you’re ready to leave, inspect everything that belongs to your dog that same way you inspect your belongings for bugs hiding in them.

If you think there are bedbugs, you might take your dog to a groomer before returning home. If bugs are tangled in the fur, that should remove them. This article explains how to get rid of bed bugs in a car.

How Do I Get Rid Them on My Dog?

Flea or tick sprays have no effect on bedbugs on dogs. The bugs will be in the dog’s bedding, toys, or doghouse, and those are what you need to treat. All you can do for your pets is treat the itching if they’re scratching enough to irritate their skin.

High heat is fatal to bedbugs. If the dog bed and toys are washable, throw them in your washer with hot water, then in a hot dryer. If they aren’t washable, just put them in your clothes dryer. Set the dryer at the highest temperature and leave everything in it for at least 30 minutes.

The Hotter, The Better

Dryer temperatures of around 120 degrees F will kill immature and adult bedbugs. The temperature must exceed 140 degrees F to kill the eggs. If the eggs aren’t destroyed, then you’ll need to continue heating everything until they’ve all hatched. Be sure to clean the lint screen afterward. Put whatever accumulated on the screen in a plastic bag, seal the bag, and dispose of it outdoors.

The heat treatment will kill a bedbug infestation in your clothing and bedding. However, if there are bed bugs in one place, they’re likely hiding in many places. You may need to use insecticides or pesticides to eradicate them. Keep in mind that these products are poisons and can’t be used where children or pets play or sleep. For tips on how to kill bed bugs in your home, see this article.

What Is an Effective Treatment?

Food Grade DE is effective against bedbugs. DE is made from the fossilized remains of tiny silicon-based sea creatures. Silicon is a desiccant. DE feels like fine powder, but the silicon in it is very sharp. It pierces the outer shell of bed bugs and kills them by drying them out.

Food Grade DE is generally regarded as safe by the FDA, but it must be used carefully. It’s dusty and can cause respiratory distress in humans and animals. If you use DE on your pet’s bedding, let the dust settle before allowing the animal near it. It can take several days for DE to kill all the bugs.

Do not use pool grade DE.

Brands that are available online or retail outlets include:

  • Bonide Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer (Powder).
  • Concern Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer (Powder).
  • Harris Bed Bug Killer (Dust).
  • Purefect Pet Diatomaceous Earth (Powder).
  • Safer Bed Bug Killer (Granules).

Although the DE in these and similar products is safe for pets, you must read the label to ensure that toxic ingredients haven’t been added.

Top 3 Products

As previously noted, the bedbugs live where your dog lives, not on the animal itself. Effective ways of killing bed bugs on dogs require treating the dog’s bed and toys. You need to avoid using pesticides or insecticides that contain poisons such as pyrethrins or pyrethroids.

Three products that are labeled as safe for pets are:

  1. EcoSmart Bed Bug Spray – Active Ingredients: 3.0% 2-Phenethyl Propionate, 1.5% Peppermint Oil, 1.5% Rosemary Oil.
  2. RestAssure Bed Bug Spray – EPA Exempt Proprietary Formula.
  3. SayBuyBugs Bed Bug Spray – Active Ingredients: 3% Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, 1% Sodium Chloride, 0.2% Citric Acid.

You can purchase these online or from retail stores.

Although considered safe, use all products carefully. Spray a small area first to make sure your pet doesn’t react negatively to any of the ingredients. You’ll probably have the most success using sprays in conjunction with heat treatment.

The Best Way

The best way to get rid of bedbugs on your pets is to completely eradicate all bedbugs in your home. There’s more information here on how to prevent bed bugs from entering your home.

The bedbugs on your pets aren’t as harmful to them as other pests are. Bedbugs don’t usually transmit diseases. The biggest problem is repugnance at the thought of something sucking your blood, or the blood of your pets, while you’re asleep. The most harm comes from scratching the bites.

Bed bugs on your pets usually means your home is infested with bed bugs. Depending on how extensive the infestation is, you may need to call an exterminator. Make sure that anyone who treats your home is aware of the fact that you have pets. Some pesticides have residual action that can poison animals that come into contact with it.

Search and Destroy

If your pets play with the pets of others or in public places, inspect them closely before letting them back inside. You may find bugs caught in the fur or hiding in collars. If you notice your pet scratching and don’t find bugs on it, then search bedding and plush toys for evidence of bed bugs. Killing the bugs at the first sign of invasion prevents them from taking over your home and your pets.

It requires diligence and vigilance to keep hitchhiking bed bugs from invading your home and biting your pets. Getting rid of bed bugs on dogs is a challenge because you need to avoid harming the animal. The least toxic, and most effective, remedy is heat.

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