Fleas or Bedbugs? What's Invading Your Home?


small child sitting on a bed showing multiple bed bug bites

A flea or bedbug infestation in the home can be hard to identify, especially because both fleas and bedbugs are hard to see by the naked eye. Fleas and bedbugs get into the home by luck, finding a host to latch onto or getting inside via clothing or luggage.

Likely, the first suspicion you'll have of a flea or bedbug infestation is finding bites or sores on your body or your family members. Treating bedbugs and fleas requires professional care to fully eradicate your home of the problem. Learn more about whether you have fleas or bedbugs in your home and how to get rid of them.

Types of Bites
Are the bites your family has random and red, covering all parts of your bodies? Or are the bites more uniform in design and located only on the lower extremities. Bed bugs thrive in mattresses and bedding and are known to bite anywhere they please. Fleas are more predictable in their bite patterns and typically only attack the lower legs and ankles.

Both bedbug and flea bites are hard, red, irritating, and itchy. Bedbug bites often don't cause pain at onset but can become problematic later, while flea bites cause immediate pain and irritation. If you or your family members are allergic to the pests, bite areas will be hard, swollen, and hot to the touch. Bites can also cause nausea or other serious symptoms.

Bug Identification
You can tell the difference between a bedbug and a flea by the way they look.

Bedbugs are oval in shape and flat in composition. Bedbugs are usually brown or a reddish brown in color. Fleas are long and thin with long legs. They are also brown or red in appearance.

You are more likely to see a flea than you are to see a bedbug. Fleas are usually found crawling along a pet or human body or burrowing into furniture to hide. Bedbugs are harder to see but can be identified by the black or dark brown spots they leave in bedding and mattresses.

Extermination of Fleas or Bedbugs
A flea infestation is often easier to get rid of than a bedbug invasion. A flea infestation should be professionally treated by a pest control expert. A pest control specialist will treat your home and yard to eradicate existing fleas, then return to treat your home again a few weeks later to ensure any flea eggs that have hatched since the last treatment are gone. You can keep fleas at bay by having your pets treated against fleas and by washing pet bedding and furnishings regularly.

Bedbugs require a thorough cleaning approach to fully eradicate the pests. Your pest control specialist will treat bedding, curtains, furniture, carpeting, and other areas where bedbugs may thrive. You will also want to get rid of mattresses and bedding that have been affected by bed bugs and vacuum frequently after professional treatments to get rid of dander, carcasses, droppings, and leftover eggs from a bedbug infestation.

Both a bedbug and flea infestation can re-occur without proper maintenance. If your family is exposed to fleas or bedbugs in another home, have your residence treated by a pest control specialist to be on the safe side, even if no apparent signs of an invasion are present. The sooner a bedbug or flea infestation is treated, the more manageable the invasion is. Your pest control specialist will identify what type of parasite is invading your home and show you ways you can keep the creatures from returning in the future.

Trust a pest control expert who specializes in flea or bedbug removal to treat your home. Our experts at The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc., will treat your home for any rodent or insect invasion; contact us today.


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