flea-like bugs in the guinea pig cage
May 9, 2010 2:15 PM Subscribe
I haven't been taking very good care of my pet guinea pigs. They are well-fed and get plenty of hay and water, but I have slacked off horribly with upkeep of their cage. Now there are some sort of bugs - tiny dark ones.
posted by luftmensch to Pets & Animals (24 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I doubt they're fleas, as the piggies are indoors and the amount of them seems to have increased as the cage got messier. Still I can't be sure as they are so small and I can't get a good look before they hop/fly away. (I think I have seen one moving in a curving path through the air which implies a flying thing and not a flea, but I may have been mistaken)
The fear that these things are fleas or some other similar infesting thing is driving me nuts and preventing me from cleaning the cage. I'm afraid to go near the area for more time or interaction needed to make sure they have food and water, as I don't want fleas to get all over me and then the rest of the house. However, if they're just bugs who like wet bedding and piggy waste, the problem should be limited to the cage area and more or less resolved once I clean the place up. Does anyone have experience or advice here?