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Know Your Pest: Bed Bugs Or Fleas?

Bed bugs and fleas look very similar, so it’s easy to get them confused. Knowing whether you have bed bugs or fleas will help you to identify the infestation and get it treated more quickly. Although controlling fleas is a bit easier than bed bugs.

Whether you have bed bugs or fleas, both pest problems can be dealt with more effectively if you hire a professional pest controller.

Here are the differences between the two so you can differentiate which type you have.

Bed Bugs or Fleas – Identifying Them By How They Look

The first difference you will notice whether you have bed bugs or fleas is that they don’t look the same. Bed bugs are oval, flat and have a reddish-brown colour to their skin. They’re around 5mm long and will seem bigger and bit darker if they’ve recently fed.

Dog considering fleas

Fleas on the other hand are much smaller, measuring in at 2-3 mm long. They also have dark bodies though. You can usually tell if you have bed bugs or fleas by looking at the legs. Fleas have much longer legs that they use to jump long distances.

Spotting Fleas and Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are generally harder to notice than a flea because they don’t make their presence known until you are asleep. The most telling sign of bed bugs will be dark, blood coloured spots on your bedding. Fleas will be found in your pets fur, which can be checked using a flea comb. Or hopping around In your carpeting.

Where Will You Find Them?

The other difference we are going to look at is the living habits to tell whether you have bed bugs or fleas. A bed bug will live where you like to sleep or nap. The clue is really in the name. They choose to live here because we release carbon dioxide as we sleep, which is what attracts bed bugs in the first place. The most common spots you will find them around your home is around the bed, under your mattress, in furniture or even in the electrical outlets in your bedroom.

Cat Lying on Carpet

Unlike a bed bug – which only feed on humans – a flea will almost exclusively live on furry animals like your pets. Their habitat is usually within hair or carpets and rugs. But remember, although they live in your animals fur, they will lay their eggs literally everywhere. This can be up to 50 eggs a day, which is the last thing you want in your bed or sofa.

The first step in treating any pest infestation is calling professional pest controllers. Bed bug or flea infestations can both be hard to treat if they have reached high numbers. In this case you should call on Diamond Pest Control for help.


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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