Bed bugs and fleas are blood-sucking insects that can be difficult to control. Today we will show the main similarities and differences between bed bugs and fleas in case you are not quite sure what type of pest you are dealing with.
Pictures of Fleas and Bed Bugs
At first glance, these insects are very similar. However, fleas tend to be smaller than bed bugs and have a more oval body. In addition, their bodies are long and narrow, they appear flattened from top to bottom. Bed bugs, on the other hand, usually have a flattened, seed-shaped body, which is doubled when they feed on blood.
Bed bugs don’t have wings, and neither do fleas. So they cannot fly. On the other hand, bed bugs are slow to walk and cannot jump, while fleas have strong hind legs and move by jumping long distances.
These pests use their small size and ability to enter homes undetected. They usually enter clothes, luggage, or pets when they go out. Both pests are reddish-brown in color and large enough to be seen with the naked eye. However, bed bugs are more reddish in color and are much larger than fleas when they are adults.
Fleas and bed bugs consume the blood of mammals. Bed bugs prefer humans and almost never bite animals when people are nearby. Whereas fleas prefer to feed on pets, but they can attack humans when necessary. If your pet scratches himself too much or if he detects fleas on your pet, he may have a flea problem.
Pictures of Bedbugs and Fleas
Both bed bugs and fleas can be itchy because both insects need a host’s blood to survive. Additionally, both can live for quite a long time without blood from a host, fleas for up to 100 days, and bed bugs for up to a few weeks. Although bed bugs usually feed every 3 days. Fleas feed whenever they can.
Fleas and bed bugs are considered nocturnal pests, as they are generally most active at night. However, the night is more unique to bed bugs, as fleas can also bite during the day if the opportunity arises.
The bites of both insects are red and small, although they have certain differences that we will see later in another post. Furthermore, it is well known that fleas transmit several serious diseases such as plague and typhus, while bed bugs do not transmit any diseases.
Bed bugs hide in a wide variety of places in the home including mattress seams, headboard indentations, carpets, damaged furniture, drawers, cabinets, nightstands, inside outlets, and cracks in the walls. Fleas also prefer some places to hide like rugs and rugs, sofa cushions, bedding, mattresses, and sheets. Although the preferred hiding place for fleas is the body of pets.
Pics of Bed Bugs and Fleas
To prevent bed bugs and fleas from entering your home, follow these recommendations:
- Vacuum the floor and furniture regularly
- Avoid food residues on rugs and carpets
- If you have pets like cats or dogs be sure to keep them indoors
- If possible use a flea powder
- Wash pet bedding weekly
With these images and this information, you can easily differentiate fleas and bed bugs. bye!