Bedbugs Don’t Live on Fido

August 26th, 2010

People who live in the top most bedbug-infested cities in America (like NYC or Philly) may be looking twice at their mattresses and furniture.

But the ASPCA wants to make sure you know that your pet isn’t to blame for bedbugs. The nasty creatures causing all the problems don’t live on their hosts. Bedbugs prefer to hang in other areas.

“Bedbugs generally prefer locations where people sleep, such as bed frames, mattresses or carpeting. Therefore, it’s not necessary to physically treat your pet for bedbugs,” says Dr. Tina Wismer, the ASPCA’s Senior Director of Veterinary Outreach and Education.

The bad news is that it’s difficult to get rid of bedbugs. The little blood suckers may live up to a year without feeding!

If you’re enduring a bedbug infestation, be sure to  vacuum carpets and wash bedding and curtains. The ASPCA also suggests contacting a professional exterminator. As many chemicals and pesticides could be harmful to use around pets, it’s always best to consult an expert when you must use pest control.

(image from wikimedia commons)

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