Can they hide in the animals fur?
Because bed bugs like to hide in dark dry places with little to no movement you will not find them hiding in the fur of animals like fleas do.
It is very unlikely bed bugs will hitch a ride on an animals fur. They may attach themselves to pet collars so they should be checked and cleaned every so often with a good bed bug spray.
Bed Bug Facts
Bed Bugs are minuscule creatures – the adult is no more than a quarter of an inch in size – that live on the blood of animals and, most worryingly humans.
Although not equipped with wings the bed bug does retain the ability to travel; very fast and is prone to rapid spreading as a result.
The Bed Bug problem is a common one, as these miniature creatures are believed to have traveled from their origin in the Asian continent to the rest of the globe.
It is hardly unusual to have an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is important is that we understand where they live, how to recognize them and what to do about them.
The female Bed Bug will produce eggs every day; as she can exist for extraordinary lengths of time – over a year – this results in a rapid explosion of the Bed Bug population.
The bed bug is alive at night – when we are asleep – and the primary clue to the presence of Bed Bugs is the presence of bites on the skin in the morning.
The bed bug will eat during the night, and because it feeds on the blood it leaves behind indications of its presence.
A bed bug feeds by puncturing the skin and inserting a tube with which it sucks out the required blood, and therefore the victim will rarely be aware they are being bitten as they are normally asleep.
After feeding – which may cover as long as ten minutes – the Bed Bug leaves behind a red bite which could swell and will hurt continually, bringing irritation and discomfort to the individual.
The problem regarding diagnosis is that the indications of Bed Bugs are often similar to a number of other skin problems.
Scabies shows very similar indications to bed bug infestation, and other insect bites such as mosquito can also result in a similar tell tale bite.
Bed bug bites will generally be seen on skin that remains exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all frequently bitten – and it is to these areas we should be vigilant when looking for indications of the creatures.
The Bed Bug is a night feeding insect and it likes to feast on our blood; it also likes to hide and this is why it lives in our beds and furnishings.
Although the Bed Bug does not nest like lots of other insects, it does fall to suitable places, hence great numbers will hide together in the crevasses of a mattress, the inside of covers and linings and many dark and secure places.
Bed Bugs are often carried into the home by persons who have been travelling and have usually slept on a number of unusual and frequently used beds.
A Bed Bug problem is not necessarily a case of dodgy hygiene, however, as any number of hotels and guest houses have also been the source of infestations.
Bed Bug infestations spread very quickly; with one female insect laying around five eggs each day it is clear to see how quickly the colony can grow.
To get rid of Bed Bugs you initially need to throw out of the affected mattress and any other items that may be home to the creatures.
As bed bugs are very numerous and hard to find, eradicating all the eggs and bugs with off the shelf remedies may not be 100% successful.
During an infestation of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been in contact with bugs – or you think may have been – have to be be thoroughly washed; if possible this needs to be done on the hottest setting possible to be certain to kill the bugs.
Last update: 02:38 PM Friday, October 8, 2010