Are Bed Bugs In My St. Louis Home Dangerous For My Pet?

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Do you find yourself waking up in the morning covered in itchy red bumps? Are there little black spots all over your mattress? If you answered yes, you may have a bed bug infestation in your home.

When it comes to pests that you find in your home, bed bugs are usually low on the list of pests you think about. After all, most people think of bed bugs only in dirty old motels on the side of the road or in crowded big city apartments. Unfortunately, bed bugs are a growing problem throughout residential neighborhoods in the United States.

Having pets in your home increases the chances of having bed bugs and makes the issues they can cause worse. To learn more about what bed bugs in your St. Louis home can mean for you and your pets, and to find out about effective bed bug control options, call us at Arenz Pest Control. 

Bed Bugs And Your Pets

Our pets are like our family. And like any member of your family, you worry about their health and do everything you can to make sure they are happy and comfortable. If you have a bed bug infestation in your home, both you and your pets can suffer.

The good news for you and your furry friends is that bed bugs aren’t known to transmit diseases. They don’t live on hosts the way other parasitic insects do. The bad news is that they can still cause you both a lot of discomfort. Both you and your pets can suffer from painful and itchy bites. And if your pets scratch them enough, it could lead to secondary skin infections that can cause even more issues.

Bed Bugs Or Something Else?

Another thing that makes bed bugs difficult to deal with or even identify is that the symptoms of bed bug bites mirror that of other pests. When you have an itchy pet, the first thing you think of is fleas and then allergies. Your mind doesn’t usually jump to bed bugs.

Flea and bed bug bites can look similar. They will both leave small, itchy red bumps on you or your pet. One difference between flea and bed bug bites is that bed bug bites will occur on areas of your pet with less hair. Bites that occur on areas of your pet with less hair like ears, armpits, and belly are more likely to be a result of bed bugs.

What To Do About A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Home

Another thing that makes fleas and bed bugs different is that fleas can travel long distances, while bed bugs don’t. This means that if these pests are causing a problem for your dog or cat, the source of the bed bug infestation is likely close by.

If you are dealing with a bed bug problem, the first thing you should do is wash your pet's bedding. Use the highest possible heat setting to kill the bed bugs. The next thing you should do is call us at Arenz Pest Control.

We will inspect your home for signs of bed bugs and verify that they are the pest that is leaving your fuzzy friend itchy all over. Based on the results of the inspection, we will use the most effective bed bug control technique for your situation. We employ a variety of bed bug control techniques, including the use of dust, spores, and sprays to treat your entire home, making sure bed bugs are gone. For the most effective bed bug control, call us today and let us get to work for you. 

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