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What is the Difference Between Bedbugs and Fleas?

What is the difference between bedbugs and fleas?

Bedbugs and fleas can look very similar and it can sometimes be difficult to tell which critter has infected your home. No matter which one has invaded your home, you want them gone as soon as possible. Before you go drive yourself crazy with itchy thoughts of these little bugs crawling over you, it’s important to figure out which one you’re dealing with. While treatments are necessary to remove both bedbugs and fleas from your home, depending on which ones you have, the treatment will change. Here’s how you can spot the difference between bedbugs and fleas:

The Difference Between Bedbugs and Fleas

Both critters require a warm-blooded host to provide them with their food: blood. However, fleas prefer to feed off of furry animals such as dogs.

learn the difference between a bedbug (pictured) and a flea.

Bedbug (Cimex Lectularius)

Bed bugs prefer to feed off of you and your family. Fleas are generally brought into your home by your family pets or by visiting animals while bed bugs will be brought into your home by your family or guests.

Bedbugs cannot jump or fly so they have to crawl across your bed in order to get to their food supply: you. Fleas can jump up to 200 times their body length which is approximately 13 inches. This makes it easier for them to transfer hosts and hitch a ride straight into your home.

Bedbugs haven’t been discovered to pass diseases, but fleas have the ability to spread diseases such as cat-scratch fever, typhus, and even the plague.

Bedbugs vs Fleas

If you see little critters running rampant in your home, here’s a quick guide to tell the difference between bedbugs and fleas:

fleas

Fleas (Siphonaptera)

●        Bedbugs are flat and shaped like a grain of rice. They are a reddish-brown color and are approximately 1.5-5 mm in length

●        Fleas are also reddish-brown in color, but they are more oval shaped and appear skinnier and longer rather than flat. Fleas are smaller in size and range about 1.5-3 mm.

●        Bedbugs are nocturnal and will feed on you while you sleep. If you see them during the day, it will most likely be in the seams of your mattress, the corners of your box spring, or in the baseboards close to your bed.

●        Fleas are also nocturnal, but since they feed on animals, you will most likely see them on your animals or in your animal’s sleeping areas. You can also find them in your carpet waiting for a ride.

Whether you have bedbugs or fleas, there is one sure solution: exterminate them as soon as possible with help from Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control. We can help remove these invaders from your home and let you return to a bite-free and bloodsucking-free home. If you find signs of an infestation, call us today at (207) 650-8654.

How Can I Tell if I Have Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs aren’t dangerous, but they are a nasty and inconvenient problem. You can get shivers up your spine just thinking about having those teeny tiny crawlers nesting in your home, but how can you tell if you have bed bugs in your home? The signs can be hard to detect if you don’t know what you’re looking for, but if you do know the signs, you will have no trouble finding out if your home has been invaded.

How Can I Tell if I Have Bed Bugs?

Signs That You Have Bed Bugs

Knowing the signs of a bed bug infestation can help you get rid of them before they multiply and become an even bigger problem. Here are some to look for:

●        Red, itchy bites. Bed bug bites appear as red, flat welts in a cluster. While bed bugs don’t transmit disease to humans, the bites can still be irritating. Just going off bed bug bites is not enough to determine if you have an infestation because the bites can look like other bug bites.

●        Blood stains. If you have darker sheets, this sign will be harder to see, but if you have lighter sheets, look for signs of blood stains. When you move during the night, you inadvertently crush bed bugs, causing their blood to smear on your sheets and pillowcases.

●        Fecal matter. Just like every other living creature, bed bugs poop. If you have an infestation, you will see signs of bed bug fecal matter. Most often, it will appear on your sheets as if a black, felt-tipped marker has been rubbed against them. You should also look for signs of fecal matter on the seams of your mattress and in the corners of your box spring.

●        Eggshells. Bed bugs reproduce and that will leave a sign. The eggshells are pearly white when first laid and they have a sticky residue to help them cling to surfaces for safekeeping until they are ready to be born. Eggshells are the shape of a grain of rice and very small, yet still visible to the naked eye. As bed bugs lay a lot of eggs, you will find them clumped together and on the softer surfaces of your mattress and box spring.

●        Bed bugs themselves. Looking at your mattress and box spring, if you see a little critter scurrying around, you definitely have a bed bug infestation. Adult bed bugs are easily seen with the naked eye so you won’t miss them.

●        Scent. Bed bugs give off a very distinctive musty odor. If the infestation is small, you probably won’t notice the smell. Once you notice the smell, the infestation has gotten bad and it’s time to call the exterminator.

Expert Exterminator

When you have bed bugs in your home, you’re in no danger, but you still want them out as soon as possible. If you’re finding any of the signs of bed bugs, call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control. We are expert bed bug exterminators and we will restore peace to your home quick. Call us today at (207) 650-8654.