It may be simple to see a mosquito bite, but more difficult to determine which bug caused the red bumps all over your body. That could be a bed bug bite, but it could also be a flea bite, depending on the size, color, and position of the bite. These bites can be treated differently than those caused by fleas, and this article will describe the key differences between the two.
HOW TO IDENTIFY BED BUGS BITES
Bed bugs are little, reddish-brown blood-feeding insects. They inhabit beds, couches, carpets, pillows, curtains, and other pieces of furniture. When bitten by a bed bug, it may not be obvious for several hours. After that, there is frequently a burning sensation, and the bites become itchy after a few days.
Bed bugs generally attack exposed parts of the body while sleeping, such as the hands, arms, legs, neck, and face. Bed bug bites are typically arranged in a line and are larger than flea bites. They can also be seen as red welts.
HOW TO IDENTIFY FLEA BITES
Although they prefer to reside on animal fur, fleas can also attach to people. They cannot fly, although they can jump up to 13 inches. Flea bites are therefore typically found on the lower half of the body. They most frequently show up on the feet, ankles, and legs.
Flea bites typically appear as tiny, clustered, bright red pimples. Bed bug bites are slow to show up, while flea bites are noticeable right away. If you have a pet or live in an area where there are many animals, there is a strong probability that bed bug bites will actually be caused by fleas.
HOW TO CARE FOR BED BUG BITES
Regardless of the type of insect bite you have, it is recommended not to scratch it, since this could cause infection or scarring. Bites from bed bugs can be treated with antihistamines and antiseptics and often subside within a week. In most instances, antibiotics are prescribed to treat infections. It is preferable to contact a pest control company to eliminate bed bugs from the home.
HOW TO CARE FOR FLEA BITES
Fleas can cause problems for the entire family. An allergic reaction, including hives, can appear on flea bite victims. Use a topical anti-itch cream to prevent skin infections. It is preferable to visit a doctor for antibiotics or antihistamine medications if the illness worsens.
MAKE YOUR HOME PEST-FREE
Act quickly to prevent the spread of fleas because they are even harder to get rid of than bed bugs. The best line of action is unquestionably to call a pest control company.
Bed bug and flea bites can be both annoying and problematic. Bed bugs and fleas can cause skin irritation, infections, and infestations. Contact ECO at 202-709-7490 for the best advice on creating a safe and pest-free environment.