Bed bugs as you already know are really harmful for humans—and in fact humans are bed bugs’ favorite snack! Although bed bugs prefer human blood, they will feast on other warm-blooded animals if no human hosts are readily available, including mice, rats, bats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds, especially chickens and swallows. Although pets such as dogs and cats are not usually affected by bed bugs, when it does occur it’s a miserable situation for the animal.
Bed bugs have the same effects on pets as they do on humans. Pets may have the same skin allergies and reactions to bed bugs as humans do: itchiness, scratching, and hair loss. Pets can become anemic and less active, giving the bed bugs a more stable place to feed.
Perhaps the saddest aspect of a bed bug infestation affecting your pets is that the animals can’t tell you how they feel about it. Check your pets for irritable skin and/or infection from scratching or biting at their skin. And don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team of Sacramento pest control professionals and bed bug experts at [email protected] or 916-457-7605 for questions or to schedule a free inspection of your home or business.