At McCall, we get lots and lots of questions about bed bugs. People seem to be really intrigued by these pests! But one question we received recently got us thinking- we’ve hardly ever touched on bed bugs in relation to our pets! To most people, their pets are like family, so understanding the impact bed bugs may have on our cats and dogs is very important. Here are the answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions about bed bugs and how they may impact your furriest family members.
Q: Do flea and tick preventatives repel bed bugs?
A: Bed bugs are unfortunately not affected by the flea and tick preventative treatments you apply on your pets monthly. These treatments target only the pests that are known to live on your pet and while bed bugs may attempt to feed on your pet, they do not live on their bodies.
Q: Will my pets carry bed bugs in their fur?
A: Our best guess is no, probably not, although anything is possible! Bed bugs may bite your pets, but they are not known to live in their fur (like fleas, ticks, mites, etc.) and bed bug eggs are not known to be found on pets either. But because bed bugs are known for hitchhiking on belongings, it is possible they may be brought into your home on your pets’ bodies, their bedding and their clothing.
Q: I think I have bed bugs and I’m worried about how the treatments will affect my pets.
A: The pros at McCall services offer a targeted bed bug treatment to eliminate bed bugs from your home without causing health problems for you, your family or your pets. Our bed bug home treatment may vary depending on the severity of the infestation and your particular situation, so discuss the treatment with your technician beforehand to make sure you take any necessary precautions to keep family and pets safe during our treatment.
Q: Can bed bugs spread diseases to me or my pets?
A: Bed bugs are not known to spread any diseases at this time; neither humans nor animals can contract diseases from bed bug bites. Secondary infections from scratching bed bug bites may become problematic for both people and pets. Bed bugs are of significant public health importance and they can cause a variety of negative physical health, mental health and financial problems, so contacting professional Tampa pest control company at the first sign of a bed bug infestation is the right choice.
For more information on all the bed bug treatments offered by the Florida pest control pros at McCall, please contact us today. We will be happy to discuss the treatments we offer and perform an initial inspection on your property to locate any bed bug infestations that may be present. Give us a call today in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, Tallahassee and Tampa as well as the surrounding areas for effective and eco-friendly bed bug control services.