In the 1960’s, bed bugs were a common problem in houses throughout the country. However, nowadays they seem to be more of a traveller issue than anything else. But even though they’re not a common problem in households, it is important to be aware of them, especially if you plan on travelling at any time in the future. Increased numbers of bed bugs have been reported in hotels and hostels, and if you have a pet, you’ll want to know if they can affect them. Keep reading to get some answers.
Can Dogs Get Bed Bugs?
Technically a dog can get bed bugs, but it is extremely unlikely. Bed bugs prefer to feed on human blood, and unlike other parasites like ticks and fleas, they are not transmitted through hair or fur. However, whilst bed bugs prefer human blood, if the infestation is large enough, they may also choose to feast on animal blood as well. It’s rare for anyone to experience an infestation this large though, especially in Canada and the United States, so your pets shouldn’t come to any harm.
How to Spot Bed Bugs
The best way to be able to spot bed bugs is to educate yourself on what they look like. Take a look at relevant websites that detail bed bug infestation, and speak to a professional exterminator if you think you have an infestation. There are other bugs that look very similar to bed bugs, such as bat bugs, and it may be these that you are seeing instead, so it pays to get a professional to check.
Canine Bed Bug Detection
Because dogs are unlikely to get bedbugs, some of the larger bed bugs Montreal companies are opting to use canines to sniff out the parasites. Because dogs have such a powerful sense of smell, it is believed that they can sniff out a solitary bed bug with just their nose. Dogs of all breeds can be trained for this role, and it is something that is becoming increasingly common in North America.
Bed Bug Prevention
Of course, the best thing you can do it to prevent bed bugs from entering your home at all. When travelling, make sure to inspect all bedding for signs of an infestation, and check your luggage for any faecal matter before travelling back home. If you wake up with any bites whilst staying in a hotel, ask them to move you to another room immediately, and make sure to wash and dry your clothes on a high heat to destroy any bugs.
If you have an infestation in your home, you should always call in a pest control company as opposed to using over the counter treatments. Many of these can be more harmful to your dog than the bed bugs themselves are. If you are unsure of how to use them correctly, you may also cause the bed bugs to spread, leading to a bigger problem.
Swift action is required to ensure your and your pets’ health.