Are you waking up in the middle of the night with bites all over your body? This could be a good sign that you are dealing with bed bugs, but this is not always the definite answer. You could possibly be dealing with fleas as well. However, telling the difference between a bed bug bite and flea bit is not impossible. Below, you will learn about the differences between fleas and bed bugs.
Differences In Characteristics
Both fleas and bed bugs will require a warm-blooded host in order to survive. However, fleas prefer to feed on pets rather than animals, and bed bugs are the opposite. You should also know that fleas will feed on humans and bed bugs will feed on pets.
A flea will lay 150 to 300 eggs a week, whereas a bed bug will only lay 200 eggs in a single lifetime. Bed bugs do not fly or jump from place to place. They rely on crawling as their means of transportation. On the other hand, fleas can jump around 200 times their body length. This is how they hitch a ride on most animals.
Bed bugs are not known to spread any diseases, but fleas can cause typhus, cat-scratch fever, and plague.
How To Tell The Bites Apart
If you are already scratching from bite marks, there is a good chance that you have an infestation, but determining the type of infestation will greatly help determine the type of treatment that you need.
Flea bites will be something similar to mosquito bites. They usually show up on the body in a random order and have a dark red center. Bed bug bites typically show up in a row or straight line and look similar to that of a welt. Bed bug bites can also sometimes take days or even weeks before they even show up, whereas a flea bite will show up an hour after the bite.
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Whether you are dealing with fleas or bed bugs, both critters are very hard to eradicate and you will probably have to contact a professional Boston pest control company to completely eradicate the bugs.