We often get customers calling describing bites they’ve received, wondering if they are from a flea or a bedbug. It can be difficult to distinguish between the two, so here’s some help. Let’s start by taking a better look at each bug.
Fleas are parasites that live off the nutrients found in the blood of their host (humans, dogs, cats, etc.). Inside of the home, they most often live on pets, but can also be found in carpets, cracks and crevices, and on furniture. The bites of a flea can often be confused with the bite of an ant, spider or allergies. Often times, flea bites come in groups of three – a triangle of bites. If the majority of your bites are from the legs down, chances are it’s fleas
Bed bugs also feed on the blood of humans and animals for nourishment. Bed bugs can live almost anywhere in a home – in furniture, behind bed boards, in suitcases, and on clothing, but prefer to live on mattresses and bed frames. It’s more common to find the bites of beg bugs on the neck, shoulders, arms and torso, as these places are more exposed during sleep. Bites appear as flat, small or raised areas that can be itchy or burn, and tend to be in a straight line of three or four. Bed bugs bites can also be identified by brown or rusty spots in the bedding.
Are you itching yet?
Both of these pests can be tricky to get rid of on your own. If you think you may have a flea or bed bug problem, please don’t hesitate to call and speak to one of our licensed technicians!