How to Tell the Difference Between Bed Bug Bites vs Flea Bites?
Can you tell the difference between bed bugs and flea bites? Let’s break it down!
Identifying a flea or bed bugs is not always easy. You might think that they are both very similar, but there are still some important differences which will help in identifying your problem so treatment can take place accordingly
The first thing about these two types of pest damage is how visible their effects may be: with bed bugs often leaving tiny puncture wounds on human skin while flea bites leave large red marks like linear scars – sometimes making them harder/impossible to tell apart.
Characteristics Of Bed Bug Bites
It is easy to distinguish bed bug bites from those of other critters because they are more likely not felt immediately. When bitten, victims will often feel nothing at first; however some develop a mild anesthetic which can lead them into feeling blisters or itchy welts on their skin the next day as well. Only 1 out of 5 people reporting cases of bed bugs
Symptoms And Risks Associated With Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs are small, brown bugs that feed on blood and can be found in bedding or nearby furniture. They don’t fly like most insects so you may have trouble noticing their presence at first glance without a magnifying glass to look for them (their bites also show up differently than other insect bites). If this sounds familiar then your symptoms might include:
- Bites on exposed skin, usually on the upper body, neck, arms, and shoulders
- Slight burning sensation before the welts appear
- Red, itching welts that develop 24 to 48 hours after the bite
- Bites in lines or groupings
- In severe cases, bites swell or turn into blister-like inflammations
Yes, it’s true that most bite sufferers won’t experience much more than itchy welts. The CDC reports, “Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. … Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.” Additionally, “an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.”
In addition to infection, Medical News Today states that you should seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:
- difficulty breathing
- feeling nauseous or flu-like
- swollen tongue
- irregular heartbeat
Characteristics Of Flea Bites: How They Look And Feel
Flea bites start to hurt almost as soon as they appear. They also tend not have any pattern and can occur in different parts of your body at the same time, while bed bug pustules grow outwards from where you were bitten over a period ranging anywhere between 24 – 48 hours after an infestation has occurred .According to Healthline, fleas seek out the following areas:
- feet and lower legs
- elbows and knees (in the bend)
- other skin folds
One difference worth mentioning about fleas versus bed bugs is that flea bite symptoms are much simpler than those seen with these pesky critters; typically presenting just small red bumps instead of larger purplish ones found on some victims whose living space has been invaded by unwanted house guests!
Symptoms And Risks Associated With Fleas
Bed bugs and fleas don’t usually spread disease to those they bite. However, in rare cases these pesky little pests can cause illness- especially if their Bite causes an infection! The CDC states that “fleas transmit germs that cause disease primarily through the processes of feeding on hosts or through fecal contamination, when infected flea feces (poop; also called ‘flea dirt’) are scratched into an open wound.”
If you’ve been bit by fleas and notice any of the following, you may want to see medical attention:
- Breathing difficulties
- Raised welts
- A warm infection site with white-topped pustules
- Colored discharge
Where You Will Find Fleas
Bed bugs typically crawl around on beds, bedding or furniture; they are not often found in human hosts. Fleas have different patterns and will go after animals instead of people as their preferred host which means you may notice symptoms like anxious pets with pests visible on them, flea eggs being present inside pet’s coats ,or even an infestation where the critters can be seen scurrying across a dog’s blanket at night time .
How to Identify Flea And Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs and flea bites have different symptoms. One way to tell them apart is by looking at their characteristics, but it’s important not just compare pictures because there are more factors that contribute in diagnosing what type of bug you might have:
- Where do they appear on your body?Bed bug bites are found all over the body, but they’re most common on places like back arms and legs. Flea bites will appear mostly in your lower extremities!
- The pattern of the bites. While flea bites can vary in pattern, seeing bug bites in a line or in a triangular cluster of three usually indicates bed bugs.
- Whether or not you can feel the bites when they occur. Bed bugs produce a kind of anesthesia, so you can’t always sense when they begin biting you. By contrast, you can immediately feel when fleas begin to bite.
How To Find Bed Bugs
If you are still in doubt about the source of your bite, it is good to look for the source. Fleas usually come in on pets, but bed bugs can hitchhike into your home in many ways. They can be hard to find, but a close inspection reveals their presence. Look for these signs of bed bug activity or presence:
- Tiny blood stains on your pillow or bedding (rusty or reddish stains)
- Dark spots (excrement) in the creases of your mattress or seams in linens or furniture fabrics
- Discarded eggs and eggshells: pale yellow skins about 1 mm in size
- Live bed bugs
Bed bugs like to hide in the creases, folds, and seams of mattresses, furniture, and in other small places. Additionally, you may find them in the folds of curtains, in the joints of wood furniture, or under loose wallpaper. Also look in the creases of your luggage after a trip. When you are cleaning, make a habit of looking closely for signs of bed bugs and be aggressive against them when found. A small infestation is more easily eradicated. However, once established, they can quickly take over.
Bed Bug And Flea Killers: Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs And Fleas
Choosing the right flea and bed bug spray can be difficult. There are many different brands available, but all of them have mixed results because bugs are so good at hiding themselves from most products. You might kill some or even most off with your chosen solution; however those that remain will return later in full force once more!
If you do choose to use an at-home flea or bed bug killer, it is important that you follow all the manufacturer’s instructions to protect your family and the environment.
Using a high-powered steam cleaner to kill bed bugs is one effective home remedy. The heat will kill these pesky insects if you are able to break it into all their hiding spots and crevices, which can be done by being extremely diligent while searching for them!
Bon Accord Pest Management Services uses both Thermal Bed Bug Eradication and Cryonite, in addition to conventional bed bug treatment, to help clients eradicate bed bugs for good. We will conduct a complete inspection to determine the extent of the problem, then recommend treatment procedures based on our findings. We also teach you how to prevent re-infestation and how to inspect your home for bed bugs. If you suspect you have a flea or bed bug problem, contact Bon Accord today.