Bedbugs and fleas are two blood-sucking bugs that can be tough to deal with. And although they do have similarities, the differences between them are pretty distinct- and some of the biggest differences come down to their bites.
Here are some of the major similarities and differences between bedbugs and fleas if you aren’t quite sure what bug you’re dealing with.
Both bugs survive on their host’s blood.
Bedbugs and fleas survive on blood from a host, according to Terminix. This means that both bedbugs and fleas will try to bite humans and animals when necessary.
Fleas and bedbugs have some similarities.
Bedbugs and fleas are nocturnal.
Fleas and bedbugs have different body types and movement speeds.
The way they move is quite different as well- fleas can jump long distances, while bedbugs just crawl.
Flea bites can lead to the spread of some diseases.
While both bugs’ bites are red and small, flea bites are usually clustered or alone, and they come with intense itching. They’re likely to be on the lower parts of your legs and ankles.
Through their bites, fleas can spread several diseases, such as the plague, typhus, and cat scratch disease, according to Orkin.
Bedbugs aren’t known to pass on pathogens and diseases.
Bed bug bites will likely only make you sick if you’re allergic to them, according to Terminix.
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