What to do with pets during bed bug treatment

What Should You Do with Your Pets During Bed Bug Treatment?

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Ismael Girard
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Wondering what to do with your pets during your next bedbug extermination visit? We're here to guide you! 

At Pest Agent, we always recommend relocating your dog or cat to a friend's house, boarding facility, or other sitting services. If that's not possible, you should set up a safe room in your house to ensure there are no distractions or risks to your pet.

In this text, we'll dive deep to give you answers for the following questions:

✔️ Are There Any Risks for Pets During Bed Bug Treatment?

✔️ How to Prepare Your Pet for Bed Bug Extermination?

✔️ Can You Leave Your Pets in the House During Bedbug Eradication?

✔️ If So, How Do You Protect Your Pets During Pest Control?

Stay tuned as we navigate this challenging situation together. We promise, by the end, you'll feel confident in your ability to handle a bed bug infestation without risking your pet's wellbeing.

Understanding Bed Bugs and Their Impact on Pets

A common threat to our homes, bed bugs are a major pest that can cause discomfort to both human and furry friends. Here, we're diving deeper into understanding these parasites and the implications they could have on your beloved companions.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs, or Cimex lectularius, are small, brownish insects that live a parasitic lifestyle, feeding on the blood of their hosts during the night hours. They're about the size of an apple seed and tend to become active in the dark hours.

A vital part of understanding these bugs is acknowledging their resilience. They can survive without feeding for nearly a year, making it difficult but not impossible to completely rid an infestation.

Bed Bugs' Interaction with Pets vs. Humans

For humans, bed bug bites typically cause red, itchy, irritated skin, resulting from an allergic reaction to the bug's saliva.

Dogs and cats experience the same discomforts from bed bug bites, with the skin around the bite becoming red and inflamed. If your dog or cat have thick fur, it could potentially offer them a little extra protection from bed bug bites - but that’s not an assurance to risk their wellbeing.

⚠️ Our pets are also at risk of ingesting bed bugs. While cleaning or grooming themselves, animals may consume these bugs, their eggs or nymphs. In chosen instances, these ingested bugs might cause gastrointestinal issues in pets.

Pest control companies, staffed with professional exterminators, are experts in dealing with bed bugs and ensure the post-extermination space is secure for all inhabitants - humans and companions alike. The quicker they can start the bedbug eradication, the sooner they’ll bring back a pest-free environment for your family, including the furry, feathered or reptilian members.

Are There Any Risks for Pets During Bed Bug Treatment?

Just as we'd protect our human relatives, we must also make sure our pets stay protected. So what are the potential risks for pets during bed bug procedure?

Risks of Pesticide Exposure

In pest control, an exterminator might use insecticides to kill bed bugs and their eggs. Although these methods are highly effective at eliminating the problem, they can pose potential risks to our animals, like skin irritation, intestinal problems or respiratory distress.

That is why at Pest Agent, we always recommend investing in a great heat treatment service. Especially for people with young children or furry companions at home. This method is largely considered safer and more humane.

Addressing Stress and Anxiety in Pets

Aside from the physical health risks, dealing with an infestation and the extermination process can also lead to increased stress and anxiety in animals.

The unfamiliarity and disruption of routine, coupled with strangers (the extermination team) walking around the premises, can be very stressful to our companions who are used to a certain level of calm and consistency.

How to Prepare Your Pet for Bed Bug Extermination?

photo of a safe room for pets

It's crucial to ensure the safety and comfort of our furry friends when dealing with bed bug invasions. Sure, they have fur, but that doesn't make them immune to these biting insects.

Amidst the chaos of preparing your home for bedbug extermination, it's only fair to also discuss strategies about preparation during this process.

Communicating with the Pest Control Company

The first step is keeping open communication with the pest control company. It's not their first rodeo, and They have plenty of pet-safe pest control products and are able to provide advice on the best course of action. Ask questions, such as the types of products used and the expected downtime around visit, to be fully prepared and informed.

Clearing Pet Accessories and Bedding

After we've got our answers from the pest control company, it's time to make sure the accessories and bedding won’t play host to residual bed bug infestations.

It's proven that bed bugs can and will nest in bedding. Hence, removing these potential hideouts is a necessary precaution.

Items should be thoroughly cleaned and treated, preferably using heat. A spin in a hot dryer, if the item can withstand it, is usually enough to kill off any hidden bugs and eggs.

Temporary Relocate Your Pets (Recommended)

Just as we would plan for family members, consider temporary relocation options for animals during the extermination process. We must find a secure environment, away from water and treated areas, to keep their stress levels in check. However, remember each pet is unique and may react differently.

  • Staying with Friends or Family: A familiar place with familiar faces could be the least stressful option for pets. Before moving them there, ensure the place is free from bed bugs or other pests to prevent further infestation.
  • Boarding Facilities: We can also consider pet boarding facilities, but make sure to choose a reputable one. Look for one that follows strict health and cleanliness protocols.
  • Sitting Services: If keeping your companion out of the house is not feasible, another option is to hire pet-sitting services. It's like having an extra pair of eyes on the pet while we are busy dealing with bed bug extermination.

Can You Leave Your Pets in the House During Bedbug Eradication?

While we don't recommend this practice, sometimes we're just unable to temporary relocate our furry companions. And that's okay. In that case, you'll have to find somewhere to place them around your house. Let's explore this solution together.

Setting Up a Safe Room for Your Pet

First things first, you should consider designating a safe room for your furry friends. It involves a few essential steps:

  1. Removing any infested items from the room
  2. Cleaning the room thoroughly to eliminate any eggs or possible hiding spots for pests
  3. Ensuring fresh, clean water and food are available

It's a preventive measure you must take before anything commences.

⚠️ Dormant eggs in dog fur or a cat's blanket may hatch weeks to months after extermination, prolonging the infestation.

How Do You Protect Your Pets During Pest Control?

Regarding pest control, protecting our furry companions becomes a top priority. In order to take the best care of them, it's essential to follow a set of guidelines during the extermination process.

Minimizing Contact with Treated Areas

We must ensure that our four-legged friends have little to no contact with treated areas. Bedding, toys, and any other items they frequently interact with should be removed or relocated for the period that your house undergoes pest control. Reducing contact helps prevent further infestation transfer and reduces exposure to potential harmful substances.

Importance of Ventilation

Post-procedure, proper ventilation is crucial to make the premises safe for them again. It helps dissipate any lingering pesticides used during the extermination process, making sure your living space is habitable for everyone, including your dog or cat.

Conducting Regular Health Checks

Optimal safety during an infestation involves regular checks. Pets may pick up pests unknowingly and get infected, leading to health issues like skin allergies and more. Regularly examining your their skin and fur aids in early detection of any such problems, allowing for timely extermination.

Precautionary Bathing and Grooming

Lastly, post extermination, it's a good idea to bathe and groom them well. This act ensures any remnant bugs, eggs, or pesticides are washed off before your pets start interacting with their surroundings again.

There's a lot of care involved when treating a pest-infested home, especially when pets are part of the family. Following these guidelines, however, goes a long way in ensuring their safety and health during pest control.


We've covered the essentials of safeguarding our furry friends during bed bug eradication. It's critical to keep them away from treated areas, use pet-friendly pest control products, and ensure good ventilation after treatment.

Regular health checks and precautionary grooming are also key. Remember, regarding pest control, our pets' safety and health are as important as effectively eliminating the bugs.

By following these guidelines, we can ensure a bug-free home without compromising our pets' wellbeing. Let's put these practices into action and create a safer environment for our pets during pest control.

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Frequently asked questions

Are there pet-safe pest control methods for bed bugs?

Yes, heat extermination is a pet-safe method that effectively eliminates bed bugs without the use of harmful chemicals.

Is it safe to leave pets in the house during bed bug eradication?

It's not recommended due to risks of pesticide exposure and stress, but if necessary, setting up a safe room can mitigate risks.

How can you minimize your pet's contact with treated areas during bed bug extermination?

Keep pets away from treated areas and remove or relocate their bedding and toys to prevent exposure to chemicals and bed bugs.