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Identify - Bedbugs Or Fleas

Identify - Bedbugs Or Fleas


Its never the best thing to wake up realising that you have bites on your skin that are constantly itching and then knowing that there may be pests around you! But there really small so your not sure whether there bedbugs or fleas. Its quite hard to tell from the bites as they both look so similar.



The way bedbugs look:

Bedbugs are flat, oval and a browny reddish colour. They are usually around 5mm in length and can also be compared to ticks by the way they look.


Where do bedbugs live:


around beds

under the mattress 

on second hand clothing or bags etc

cracks of bed frames

behind loose wallpaper

electric outlets

on furniture

Bedbugs are usually found around the places that people sleep. This is because when humans sleep this is the time that we release co2, this majorly attracts bed bugs!


Bedbug bites:

Bedbug bites are a lot more difficult to identify than flea bites because they look a lot like mosquito bites. People also seem to mismate bedbugs bikes for types of allergies and treat them in the wrong way. When looking to see if your bite is a bedbug bite you have to look for a pattern. When also checking you have to remember that bedbugs are nocturnal and therefore bite after dark.


The way fleas look:

Fleas are approximately 2.5mm long and are a dark colour. They are normally a brown to red colour. Fleas have a thin, flat body with hair on them. Fleas have 6 long legs but they have no wings.


Where do fleas live:

On animals 

in your carpet

on clothing 

Fleas usually live in your house if you have animals/pets. Adult fleas jump onto your dog or cat and start to feed on its blood and then lay eggs.


Flea bites:

As above, fleas are most typically found on pets like dogs and cats. But they can also be found on other animals. Some people are more sensitive to flea bites than other people are. Children are most likely to react to bites and get allergic reactions. If you get a flea bite it is very recommended that you do not scratch the bite as they can get infected.

Flea bites usually look like small groups of little dots. Whereas bed bug bites are red, hard and are swollen a little. Bedbug bites look like mosquito bites. Usually the fleas bite randomly on the body. The bed bugs tend to bite more strategically in linear rows in threes. Where bed bug bites can be found anywhere on the body, flea bites are often located on the legs and ankles because these areas are easier to get to. 

If you have any bedbug or flea problem make sure to ring a 24hr pest control company.