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There are a lot of nasty creatures that can make your home their own – bed bugs, spiders, cockroaches, and more! But let’s talk about a few bugs that are common enemies of our fluffy friends: fleas and ticks. We all generally understand what they are, but can you spot the differences between the two?

 Fleas

Picture Source: Pest World

Fleas are irritating, wingless bugs that feed on blood and don’t grow much larger than a tip of a pen. Fleas are notorious for their rapid reproduction rate. In fact, fleas lay about 20-40 eggs a day and can be pesky buggers to get rid of. Their laterally shaped bodies help them navigate through pet hair and their legs are designed to jump at most 2 feet in the air. Fleas pose a serious risk to our pets and can cause a plethora of diseases.

Symptoms of Fleas on Cats and Dogs

  1. Excessive itching, scratching or licking
  2. Small, dark grains of sand like material called Flea Dirt in a dog’s coat
  3. Hair loss
  4. Flea Eggs
  5. Pale Gums
  6. Transmit tapeworm Infection and bartonellosis, which aren’t fun but are less dangerous than diseases from ticks.

Fleas can also effect humans too – even if you don’t own a pet. If you have notices tiny bites and are trying to identify if you have been bitten by a flea, here is a picture to help you decide.

 

 

Ticks

Picture Source: WNPR

Ticks are parasitic arachnids that feed on the blood of their hosts. Typically, ticks go unnoticed until they fill up with blood. But, they are still easier to notice than fleas. Adult fleas are about the size of a sesame seed and their babies are no bigger than a poppy seed.

Symptoms of Ticks on Cats and Dogs

  1. Most ticks are visible to the naked eye and grow with the amount of blood they eat. It’s easy to mistake them for a tiny mole.
  2. Attach anywhere on a dog’s body, but have a tendency to bury themselves close to neck, ears, head, and feet.
  3. The symptoms are less obvious, so it is smart to do a tick check on your pet regularly.
  4. Pets can contract Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which can be incredibly dangerous.

If you see any signs of fleas or ticks, be sure to take care of your pets immediately. Then call a professional pest control company, like Rusty’s Bug Stop. We are here to exterminate fleas, ticks, bed begs, spiders, cockroaches and more. Our visits also help prevent future outbreaks!