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I think we have bed bugs! I have 4 cats & we are all being tortured by them !What can I do? Does fl

carol carreoncarol carreon auroraMember Posts: 6
Did not see a vet am very sure that it's not fleas.

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  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    There is a minimal difference between bedbugs and fleas except for the size. Bedbugs are bigger. But, bedbugs feast on human skin cells and blood and the signs of an invasion are pretty much the same. The first thing you need to do is to determine what the bugs are which would require a trip to the vet. I'm not sure if flea meds would work on bedbugs, but they can tell you. Don't use over-the-counter flea drops. They don't work and are dangerous to your cat. Your vet can give you Frontline or Advantage if it does happen to be fleas. You will also have to power vacuum your home, mattress, chairs, anywhere the cats go and then toss the bag as the vacuuming won't kill the bugs. If it is bedbugs and you can afford a new mattress,you may have to do that to get rid of them. You can also seal your mattress in plastic. Your vet can go into much more detail about what to do and what to use to make sure you're doing it safely for your family and pets.
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