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Fleas Vs. Bed Bugs: Comparing Two Household Pests

Fleas and bed bugs are some of the most common household pests. They both bear some similarities—they are wingless, reddish-brown in color, suck blood from mammals, and usually feed at night. However, their differences are pretty distinct. Bugworks Pest Control, Co., your local pest treatment pros, discusses them in detail below.

Body Types and Movement Speeds

Fleas have oval-shaped bodies and are smaller than bed bugs. Unlike fleas, bed bugs have flat, seed-shaped bodies. Bed bugs crawl on fabric like pillowcases and mattresses and can hide in wall crevices and cracks. Fleas, meanwhile, make their home in animal sleeping areas or are found lurking in upholstery and carpeting. They also have an extraordinary capability to jump high relative to their body size.

Flea and Bed Bug Bites

Both pests have mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Bed bug bites appear in clusters or lines as raised areas of the skin. They are not known to transmit diseases, but these parasitic pests can make you sick if you’re allergic to them. Fleas, meanwhile, tend to feed on furry mammals like your pet cat or dog. They can, however, bite on human skin, which is then followed by intense itching. Unlike bed bugs, fleas are capable of spreading diseases, including typhus and cat scratch fever.

Getting Rid of These Pests

Cleanliness is always the best defense against the spread of these parasitic insects. Wash your bedsheets, blankets, pillowcases, and other items made of fabric to eliminate bed bugs. Do the same for your pet’s bedding to keep it free of fleas. Make sure to set your washer on a high heat setting to completely kill them.

Also, vacuum the floor, the seams of furniture, mattresses, and box springs, and other areas where you and your pet spend most of the time. Be sure your pet is given regular baths. If possible, place it on a year-round flea control program.

At Bugworks Pest Control Co., we control every type of pest: termites, cockroaches, fleas & ticks, rodents, spiders, and fleas, servicing residential, commercial, and hospital industries. Call us today at (956) 687-2645 to learn more about our services. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.