Can Bed Bugs Feed From Non-Human Sources of Food?
Given their origins, it should come as no surprise to learn that bed bugs are more than capable of feeding from cats, dogs, and other warm-blooded animals. After all, they are believed to have evolved from similar pests that fed from bats, but switched over to humans when the chance came up in prehistoric times. Bed bugs and bat bugs, to this day, remain capable of producing fertile offspring even though they have next-to-no contact with each other out in the wild.
Should You Be Concerned About Bed Bugs Feeding On Your Pet?
With that said, it is important to note that bed bugs specialize in feeding from humans. As a result, so long as they have a choice, they will use a combination of CO2, body heat, and body odor to feed from humans rather than other warm-blooded animals before scurrying back into their hiding spots at the end of the night.
This means that pet owners should not be concerned, particularly since the pests are adapted for clinging onto humans rather than cats, dogs, and other warm-blooded animals. Instead, if pet owners are concerned about bed bugs posing a potential threat to their pets, they should keep a close eye on themselves as well as their luggage for unwanted passengers. One of the sign you will want to keep an eye out for are bite marks and other potential signs of a bed bug.
If you are someone who suspects that your home has become infested with bed bugs, your first step should be contacting skilled and experienced bed bug exterminators such as Environmental Heat Solutions at your earliest convenience.