4 Home Pests That Can Surprisingly Harm Your Pets

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If you have seen a small pest or two in your home, then you may have simply brushed it off a "one-time" sighting and decided to wait to see if it becomes a larger problem before you seek help. Be careful, because even if those pests aren't bothering you just yet, they may be bothering your pet. There are some pests that can harm your dog or cat, and that doesn't include just fleas and ticks. There are four common household pests that can greatly harm or transmit diseases to your dog or cat. 

1. Bed Bugs

If your dog or cat has developed strange bug bites and you see no signs of fleas in your home, then the culprits that are feeding on him could be bed bugs. Bed bugs are much smaller than fleas, so you might not spot them right away. Bed bugs are also more elusive pet-pests, because they crawl off your pet once they are done feasting on his blood instead of sticking around for a ride like fleas do.  

Unfortunately, even tick and flea products cannot protect your pet against bed bugs. Wash your dog's bedding in hot water now, then call a pest control company to rid your home of the bed bugs. The only way to keep them off your pet is to keep them out of your home entirely. 

2. Mice

Although cats were originally kept as pets to control rodents in homes, that does not mean that it is okay for your cat to play with and feast on mice. Mice carry several diseases that are just as harmful to your cat (or dog) as they are to humans. Your pet can catch these diseases by eating or biting the mouse, or when the mouse bites them. Many dogs and cats will also nibble on mouse droppings, which can also transmit disease to them. 

The most common diseases cats catch from mice are toxoplasmosis, roundworm, and tapeworm. Other more serious diseases that pets can catch from mice are leptospirosis and hantavirus. Hantavirus is transmitted by deer mice that have white bellies, while all of the other diseases can be carried by all types of mice. 

If you have spotted a mouse or two in your house, but you have decided to just let your cat be your exterminator, then realize that you are putting his life in jeopardy by doing so. Call a real exterminator to get the job done more safely and effectively.

3. Cockroaches

Many people don't realize that cockroaches are not just unsightly guests, but they are also unhealthful ones. Cockroaches are hearty insects that have likely lived long lives before they began infesting your home. During those lives, they have walked on and squeezed between many items covered in bacteria and diseases. 

While you can make an effort to keep your food away from the disease-carrying cockroaches that may be hiding out everywhere in your home, your dog or cat simply doesn't know any better than to play with and even eat them. Roaches also leave feces lying all over that can get on your pets' paws that they are constantly licking to keep clean. 

4. Spiders

Just like bed bugs, spiders that bite humans will also bite pets. While not all spiders do bite, if you have noticed any in your home, you should figure out what type they are to make sure they are not biting your dog or cat.

While some spider bites are just slightly painful or itchy, some spider bites, like that of the black widow, can cause seizures or even paralysis in animals they bite. Next time you see a spider in your home, try to get a good close look at it or snap a picture if it sticks around long enough. Then, you can look for it on a spider identification chart to see if it is a biter or not. If it is, then you need to rid your house of them. 

If you love your pets, then keep an eye out for signs of home pests that may be bothering them and not you. Don't be tempted to start putting poisonous bait all over your home to combat them, though, as that will only add an extra hazard to your pet. Call a pest control company, like Desert Pest Control, to come tackle your pests in a pet-friendly way. 

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