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Among many blood-sucking pests around us, many people often find it hard to distinguish the difference between bed bugs and fleas.
At a glance, both of these critters do look alike, yet these two actually have different appearances and characteristics as well as present different problems that differentiate them.
The major differences between bed bugs and fleas can be seen based on several aspects, including:
Being able to spot the difference between bed bugs and fleas will ease you to get rid of the infestation for good. Last but not least, the prevention tips are ready for those of you who already know the difference between these blood-sucking parasites!
Although bed bugs and fleas have some things in common, such as small in size, wingless and reddish-brown in colour, yet there are ways to tell them apart.
Find out the differences between bed bugs and fleas based on their appearances below.
Appearance of bed bugs
Appearance of fleas
One of the distinct differences between bed bugs and fleas is their life cycle. Unlike fleas that undergo complete metamorphosis, bed bugs are going through an incomplete metamorphosis or in simple they don’t pupate because of its nymph are very similar to adults.
Even though both bed bugs and fleas feed on blood, only adult fleas which require a fresh blood meal in order to reproduce. In contrast with bed bugs, both of their nymphs and adults feed on blood in order to survive.
Bed bug life cycle going through several stages during its lifetime, including:
At room temperatures, it only takes about 37 days for bed bugs to transform from eggs to adult bed bugs. Female bed bugs will lay eggs 5 - 20 eggs over 10 days. Adult bed bugs can live up to 10 months and can last without feeding for as long as a year.
Fleas go through four main stages in their life cycle:
The process from egg to adults takes 30 - 75 days depending on some external factors such as temperatures and humidity. Female fleas will lay their eggs after the first blood meal. Female fleas are able to lay up to 50 eggs per day. Adult fleas can live more than 100 days up to a year in the ideal condition.
Bed bugs and fleas love to get comfortable inside your home and both are good at hiding. This is the main reason why it is not easy to get rid of bed bugs and fleas infestation at home.
When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a wide range of places in the home such as:
Fleas are very good at hiding and here are some of flea favourite hiding places around your home:
Both flea and bed bug bites can cause itchy accompanied by red welts on human skins, but there are some key differences you can detect. This includes:
Did you know? bed bugs prefer to feed on humans while fleas prefer to feed on animals like cats or dogs.
Bed bugs are known as a nocturnal animal, which means they are most active at night and rarely bite humans during the day.
Bed bug bites appear as a red itchy bump with a dark centre and lighter swollen surrounding area.
The bites can be in a line because bed bugs can line up once a good feeding spot has been found.
Bed bug bites can occur anywhere on the body but will be seen more often on exposed skin, usually on the upper body. Check for signs of bites on your:
On the other hand, fleas will feed several times during the day or night - without any time restrictions.
Flea bites appear in the form of tiny red bumps and surrounded by a reddened area.
Flea bites commonly appear in groups of or sometimes appear in a line, and will rarely appear in upper-body parts.
Fleas primarily feed on animals, but it is not impossible if they also feed on humans. Flea bites are very itchy, and the skin around each bite may become sore or painful.
Bed bugs don’t jump as fleas do, they will crawl and are often hitchhiked on human belongings like clothing, bags or suitcase. While fleas infestation is closely related to pets, bed bugs are associated with human movement from one place to another during travelling.
Facing off with fleas or bed bugs infestation can be a huge hassle at home. The best way to avoid getting bed bugs or fleas in the first place is to remove and prevent both bed bugs and fleas from infesting your home. Here are the practical ways to prevent bed bugs and fleas at home!
Contact Rentokil today to know how we work to identify, remove and control both bed bugs and fleas infestation at home.