Can Mice, Rats, or Other Animals Carry Bed Bugs?

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Mice and Bed Bugs: Do Mice Carry Bed Bugs?

It’s a common misconception that mice can carry bed bugs into homes. Bed bugs are not true parasites that stay attached to a host like ticks do.

They feed for approximately 5 minutes, then leave the host. Bed bugs feed when their environment is quiet and their host is asleep.

How Bed Bugs Travel

Although bed bugs feed on people, they rarely travel on a person. They are hitchhikers that are most often introduced to homes on a person’s belongings. They attach to inanimate objects like jackets, backpacks, and luggage.

Once in the home, they will move to a safe location (crack and crevice, under/inside box springs, tufts and seams of mattresses and upholstered furniture). They are attracted to a persons’ body heat and the CO2 expelled during breathing.

How Mice Travel

Mice enter homes seeking food, water, shelter, and warmth. Once they find a place to build their nests, they tend to keep permanent homes. In fact, mice rarely travel more than thirty feet from their nest in a lifetime.

It’s unlikely that a mouse could both become a host for bed bugs and travel with the pests to another home. However, if infestations are suspected, contact the professionals at Waltham Pest Services. These trained technicians can find the problem’s true cause and provide thorough and efficient mouse or bed bug removal.

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