New Research Shows Cats Are Future of Fight Against Bed Bugs. Over the last several years the role that animals play in fighting bed bugs has grown. Bed bug sniffing dogs, like the beagles in this news story out of the Bay Area, are a great way to determine whether or not you have an infestation. Bed bugs have a very distinct odor that animals can easily pick up on - as can humans if the infestation is severe enough.
The best way to prevent bed bug bites on dogs and bed bug bites on cats is to get rid of the infestation as soon as you first sight it. If your pet has spent the night away from home at the animal day care center or boarding facility, make sure you bathe it immediately to reduce risk of bed bug bites on dogs and bed bug bites on cats (doing this will also keep fleas and ticks at bay).
Bed bugs are closely associated with people and our belongings. Although bugs can sometimes be found on cats and dogs, this situation is unusual; it is not likely that cats and dogs will introduce a bed bug infestation into a home because any bugs that crawled onto them to feed during the night generally would have gone into hiding during the day.
With pets, you are more likely to find the bugs in carriers or crates, bedding, toys or other items close to where the pet sleeps. If you're petting your cat while you are on your sofa and spot a bed bug on the cat, check the sofa — not the cat or the cat's area of sleep. Chances are the sofa is infested.
Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They can move from an infested site to a new home by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing. Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs can be quite resilient; they are capable of surviving several months to a year without feeding.
Nowadays, the average consumer can't buy effective bed bug killing sprays and must hire a professional. Depending on where you live, that can run from $1,000-$1,500. Fortunately, you can take some simple steps to prevent bed bugs. Doing so will protect your home and family as well as your wallet. How To Prevent Bed Bugs