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. You can find further details of Bed Bugs Control here.
(1) Bed bugs can feed off of any warmblooded animal - that includes cats, rats, mice etc. (2) Bed bugs can live for up to 9 months without a blood-meal! Are cats susceptible to bed bugs? yes and
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.
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.
You can buy encasements for your bed and box spring—this won't prevent bed bugs from entering your home, but it will make the problem way easier to fix if they do. Jeff told us that the two most reputable brands are Protect-A-Bed and Mattress Safe .
According to the California Department of Public Health, while bed bugs prefer humans, they will feed on dogs and cats as well. Adults are 5-7 mm long, about the length of an apple seed, and are flat—a shape that is ideal for hiding in bed frames, molding, and box springs. Most bed bug bites happen at night.