Are bed bugs a threat to reptiles?
I have seen answers saying yes for cats, dogs, mice, etc., but what about reptiles?
How can I protect my reptiles?
Cats, dogs, mice and bats are mammals and, like birds, they have "hot blood" and a high speed metabolism that produces a lot of CO2
What kind of reptiles do you have?
Not all reptiles have cold blood. Their blood temperatures change depending on whether or not they bask, need heat, etc. Just a little factoid for the day.
I do have reptiles that need heat and temperatures of up to 120F, but not all. Would room temperature constitute warm for those that do not?
I have geckos, lizards, and a chameleon. 8 of which use heat pads or heating devices.
Their blood temperatures change depending on whether or not they bask, need heat, etc. Just a little factoid for the day.
I've kept reptiles for more than twenty years . Now I breed only insects (principally roaches), but I still have a very big green iguana and three skinks.
My daughter breeds three different species of geckos and has a young couple of beauty snakes (Elaphe taeniura).
My son breeds ants, and has a couple of brown house snakes (Lamprophis fuliginosus).
My wife is, obviously, a saint... lol
Back to BB:
Heaters are surely attractive, but they're placed out of the tanks (and, generally, they don't work continuously)
Nocturnal temperatures in tanks are generally about 26°C, and they're not so attractive for BBs.
More than this, I'm not sure that BBs mouthparts can pierce scales.
That is such a relief to hear. I tend to forget they do stuff mostly at night when the lights are out.. Thank you, EffeCi.
Your wife sounds like a lovely lady.
Hm. Somebody else posted recently wondering if their gecko population was keeping bb's in check.
If the vit A (or is it something else? I am up too late) in blood is also high in bed bugs, that would not be a good food source... Reptiles tend to be more prone to over-supplementation.. not to mention there are obvious other risks with blood-sucking insects. I would hope they aren't the reason, but glad they are in check.
OOO: I have a question about how you keep reptiles (which may he helpful to some of us):
- you mentioned that you get their environment up to 120F, is that right?
- what kind of tank or container do you use to maintain this temp?
- sealed or open at the top?
- what kind of heating device do you use?
- how do you monitor the temperature and keep it even?
- how long can 120F be sustained?
(120F, given enough time, kills all stages of BB.)
There are only two reptiles I keep that get up to 120F and that is only at the basking spot, they are Chuckwallas. I have other reptiles that have basking spots of 90-105F as well.
We are using glass enclosures, they are long enough to have a temperature gradient. Because it is cooling down, it is probably only maxing out at 115F now, though. The cages are open at the top. If they were sealed, the glass would cause it to become much too warm too quickly and it would basically become an oven. Unfortunately, that's just how it is with glass.
For a heating device it is a Mercury Vapor Bulb which emits UVB as well as heat. I monitor the temperature and keep it even just by having the light on. It will fluctuate, but not heavily. I use a digital thermometer with a probe to check. I had a temperature gun but my sister's boyfriend borrowed it and never gave it back.
I have considered a heat treatment, but out of all of the companies I've called, no one has the necessary equipment.
Hope that's the info you are looking for.
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