Bedbugs are not contagious in the sense that they live on people and are transmitted directly from person to person. What happens is that bedbugs utilize humans for a blood meal and then leave the person's body. It seems like bedbugs may be contagious because they can live in some people's clothing, bedding, and furniture.
Bed bugs are not associated with uncleanliness or socioeconomic status, but this insect has a substantial social stigma. Steps that can be taken if a student's home is known to have a bed bug infestation: Do not send a child home from school if they are known or suspected to have a bed bug infestation at home.
Notice that in the case of bed bugs, they do not live on the host's body and therefore not contagious. Inclusive of a time element of contact between individuals, then it can be logically supposed that you contracted bed bugs from person A and hence deemed 'contagious'.
If you have a bed bug infestation at home, while they prefer humans, your cat may also be affected. The bugs don't use your pet for transport or nesting, but they may bite your cat and make a home in their bedding. Your cat may develop itchy red lumps if bitten, but thankfully bed bugs Read More ».
Bedbugs usually bite humans on the torso, hands, legs, feet back and exposed areas of the body. In absence of human hosts, bed bugs could bite cats and dogs. Cats may receive bites on the tummy area or on the back where it is difficult for them to drive the bed bugs away.
Bed bugs ( Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm (roughly the size of Lincoln's head on a penny), and can live several months without a blood meal.