How To Tell Whether Bite Marks Are From Fleas or Bed Bugs

Pests are a nuisance to humans for several reasons.

They cause damage to property, disruption, spread disease and cause us financial losses. Some insects leave us with nasty bite marks, particularly bed bugs and fleas.

These pests are often introduced to the home from other infested homes, hotels, BnBs etc. They’re carried via luggage, clothing, toys, and furniture. Pets usually bring in fleas but have been known to infest home without a pet.

When you notice bite marks, it may be hard to distinguish which insect is responsible. So here is our guide to help discover who’s biting you.

What size are the bites?

Flea bites are more petite than bed bug bites, which is the main way you can tell them apart. Flea bites come in groups of two or three with swollen red edges. They typically bite on the feet, ankles, and legs and a very itchy.

Bed bug bites are bigger and cause more skin irritation. There is also more swelling and the bite marks are itchier. Similarly to flea bites, bed bugs leave specific patterns; their bite marks appear in circles or straight lines. Typically, they bite on the shoulders, arms and torso.

What Are The Dangers?

Although irritating, bed bug bites are harmless as they don’t transmit diseases to humans. On the other hand, fleas pose a health hazard to humans. Fleas can spread the bubonic plague and typhus and trigger skin dermatitis. This is why it’s crucial to understand which bug is biting you so you can treat the problem quickly.

What Treatments Are Available?

The best methods to eradicate these insects are what professionals offer: fumigation or heat treatments.

Heat treatments quickly kill both insects in all lifecycle stages, including larvae and eggs. There is no need for toxic pesticides that pose a health hazard to human health and pets. Heat treatments target every crack and crevice where bugs are known to hide. Electronic equipment is also safe to remain in the room if left unplugged.

So if bite marks regularly appear on your body, investigate what bug it might be and consider your options. If in doubt, contact a pest expert for advice, but never leave it too late to contact them when the signs of an infestation are all there.

The earlier treatment, the easier it is to get the infestation under control and eradicate these critters from your home.