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Flea Bites Vs. Bed Bug Bites

Flea Bites Vs. Bed Bug Bites

What are the similarities and the differences between flea bites and bed bug bites? How to identify the two? This article will give you detailed information on the same.
HealthHearty Staff
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
What do flea bites look like? Do they appear similar to bed bug bites? Is that red spot on your arm a flea bite or a bed bug bite? These are the numerous questions that cross your mind when you observe red spots on your arms or legs. An annoying feature of both, fleas and bed bugs, is that they can be found everywhere, in houses, in hotel rooms, in basements, etc. Secondly, you have high chances of getting exposed to bed bugs while traveling. In order to understand the difference between the two, we must have detailed information on flea bites and bed bug bites separately.

Flea Bites

Fleas are bloodsucking insects belonging to the order Siphonaptera. They are commonly found on the coats of pets like cats and dogs, and also on other animals like rabbits, rats, squirrels, and mice. Fleas make use of their specially adapted jaws to cut through the skin and suck blood. The reaction of flea bite differs from person to person. Children, especially, are more sensitive to flea bites and may show allergic reaction to it. Scratching it can result in deep wound or infection. On the other hand, it is also observed that some people are completely unaffected by flea bites.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites are difficult to identify as they appear more or less like mosquito bites. But the thing to look out for, is the typical pattern that bed bugs follow when they bite. Many people confuse bed bug bites with other allergies, and try to find out different ways to treat it. One must also remember that bed bugs are nocturnal insects, and they mostly bite at night. Secondly, bed bugs are easily visible to the human eye, and hence, spotting their infestation is easier.

Difference between Flea and Bed Bug Bites

It is really difficult to point out the exact difference between a flea bite and a bed bug bite, because the reaction caused due to these bites appears differently on people. However, there are some things to look out for, that will help you identify the cause of allergic reaction. Let us take a look at it in detail.
  • The basic difference is that flea bites cause small bumps surrounded by a halo. On the contrary, bed bug bites are red, hard, and slightly raised like mosquito bites.
  • Flea bites on humans are found in random and irregular manner, whereas bed bug bites are found in a straight row or in a linear manner.
  • The common observation is that bed bug bites can be found all over the body. On the other hand, flea bites are mostly found on legs and ankles. Flea bites are rarely found on the upper part of the body.
  • Flea bites cause itching that is really bothersome for animals as well as humans. Sometimes, they can also lead to allergies or cause excessive swelling. Similarly, bed bug bites can also be sharp and itchy.
On identifying the actual cause of the rash, it is essential to look for quick medical treatment. Secondly, you should also make use of insecticides or other means for effective pest control. Immediate pest control is very essential as both, fleas and bed bugs reproduce, multiply and spread at a faster rate. Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene also plays an important role in preventing bed bug and flea infestation.

This information on the nature and features of pest bites will help identify the actual cause of rash. It should also be noted that the rash caused due to these bites is not contagious. These pests do not transmit any disease. However, it is essential to consult the doctor immediately in case you observe signs and symptoms of flea or bed bug bites. Take care!