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Fleas Bites Or Bed Bugs: Which Is It?

There are dozens of reasons why human beings dislike pests. Besides causing damage and spreading disease, many pests also like to bite us. Whether it’s mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or bed bugs, bug bites are nasty and unpleasant. Two of the worst pests for biting are fleas and bed bugs. If you’re dealing with pest bites, then you’ll already know this. However, something else you may be wondering is which pest you’re actually dealing with. For example, do you have flea bites or bed bugs?

What’s got you: flea bites or bed bugs?

Whether you have flea bites or bed bugs, the difference mostly comes down to size. Flea bites are generally smaller and appear as tiny red dots. These usually come in groups of two to three, and are red and swollen around their edges. Fleas also bite you in specific places. This is mostly around your feet, ankles and legs.

a little flea bites on a human

On the other hand, bed bug bites are larger. These are also far more swollen and cause greater irritation to the skin. Basically, bed bug bites are a lot itchier than flea bites. Bed bug bites also tend to happen in a specific pattern. Their bites most often occur in a circle or straight line. These bites will usually be found on our shoulders, arms, or torso.

Both these pests can be brought into the home. Pets can bring in fleas, while it is tricky to stop kids bringing home bed bugs from sleepover or school. In fact, you can get fleas in your house without even owning a pet or domestic animal.

You may be wondering why any of this matters

Why should you care whether you have flea bites or bed bugs? After all, bites are bites. All you want to know is how to get rid of them. Well, it’s not as simple as this. For example, one difference is that some insect bites spread disease while others does not.

bed bug life cycle image

Bed bug bites are mostly harmless. Yes, they are highly irritating, but these bugs are not know to transmit diseases to humans. When it comes to fleas though, there can be serious consequences. These pests can spread many diseases to humans. Bubonic plague being the most well-known. What this ultimately means, is that if you’ve identified flea bites, then you need to take care of this problem quickly.

The best way to do this is with fumigation or heat treatment. Heat treatment is a high-tech method of pest control that uses heat to kill insects. The biggest advantage of this method is that no pesticides are used. This means it’s quick and simple. Not only that, it also kills 100% of the pest‘s lifecycle. This includes larvae, eggs, and the insects themselves. If you have either of these insects on your property, give us a call. Our London bed bug services are very effective, and we have some great reviews to prove it.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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