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    Pest control and reptile safety

    Hey - long time since my last posts. To any who remember my 20 questioning Apollo is doing great - 600g, just moved up to small adult rats and husbandry has been a breeze since getting the AP tank.

    But a problem arises... We may have a bed bug infestation on our hands. I can only imagine I picked them up at the laundromat in town as we haven't traveled or slept anywhere else and rarely have guests over. I've been browsing around exterminators in my area and while many of them say they'll consider child and pet safety, I'm betting most people are thinking cats and dogs and not the effects it could have on reptiles. I'm wondering what precautions I should take and to what extent once treatment begins.

    Apollo is housed in our living room so unless they spray all baseboards I'm not sure if he'll be terribly near an affected area, but I can't help but worry. I lost a betta many years ago after my parents fumigated even though I followed the necessary precautions. I know you don't use bombs for bedbugs but I'm concerned nonetheless. Some sites advise covering the enclosure with a towel to prevent any spray from getting near it but is that enough? Should I consider housing him somewhere else for a time while treatment is ongoing? Are there any other precautions I should take? Should I treat it as a semi-quarantine and wash before handling him in case poison gets on my skin or clothing after sleeping in the bed where treatment will likely occur?

    Sorry for the million questions again, I tried to look for threads about this but most of what I found was about how to deal with mites, not other household bug problems.
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    bed bugs

    I would remove your reptile from your home for the time being and until bug problem has been dealt with. I wouldn't risk it with your animal.

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    Reptiles react more badly to the insecticides used for pest control than cats and dogs do. I would arrange for your snakes to be elsewhere for a few days.

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    The problem with pets control is that to be truly efficient all room must be treated otherwise bugs can migrate to another part of the house/apartment and than move back in everywhere.

    It is always recommended to removes all cold blooded animals from rooms being spread.

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