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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Please Recognise Bed Bugs Efficiently !

Roger Mitnick  /  at  03:35  /  2 comments

How Bed Bugs Can Easily Be Mistaken for Fleas and Ticks

So It is VERY IMPORTANT To Recognise them

It should be no surprise that bed bugs are often mistaken for fleas. Unless you’ve got images of bed bugs to compare with those of fleas, you’d immediately say they’re IDENTICAL.  But even though they share so many similarities in common, they’re also distinguished by a few major differences.

What are bed bugs and how are they DIFFERENT from fleas?  Are their bites any DIFFERENT?  These are a couple of questions which often confound us, just because these two insects are so SIMILAR!

Similarities between them
The similarity begins here, in the fact that they’re both insects.  Their exact identity, however, ends there because they’re of different families.  Still under the classification of Insects, bed bugs belong to Cimicidae while fleas fall under Siphonaptera.
Specifically, they’re both tiny parasites which feed on human blood.  Equipped with special mouth parts and jaws, they ingest their bloody meal through a sucking motion.  As though that weren’t enough, they both leave traces of blood in their feces.  Thus, fecal spots would first start out as reddish brown marks which later dry up into dark blackish stains.

How fleas differ from bed bugs
Like ticks and mites, fleas are often associated with furry household pets such as cats and dogs.  They also occur in caged pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds.  The clue is in the name with bed bugs as they prefer a different habitat.  They stick close to mattresses, box springs, bed frames, head boards – anything associated with beds.  When they’re in the mood for crawling away from these comfort zones, they’re likely to be seen crawling on carpets, curtains, or any upholstery they can find.

Similar to bed bugs bites, those of the fleas are just as itchy and irritating; however, they follow a different pattern and redden in a different way.  With the former, the skin is pierced in a row.  The wounds appear small and whitish at first, and then they become red and raised.  These attacks also usually occur at night.   With the latter, the pattern is more random and not as linear.  The wounds are redder bumps surrounded by a slightly lighter halo.  However, scratch both types of wounds and they’ll end up as pus-filled blisters especially in individuals who are highly allergic.

Flea and tick bites and also alarming especially when they lead to more diseases.  For instance, a severe infestation may cause a dog’s or cat’s fur to fall off.  This hair loss isn’t something you would normally observe in human hair despite their body being severely bitten by bed bugs.

It’s difficult to generalize which bites are worse, for the simple reason that the skin reaction varies from person to person.  Because of these individual differences, it’s always more advisable for any of these conditions to be seen by a doctor.
These are just a few bits which clarify the confusion with fleas and ticks.  Honest mistakes, you can now tick them off!  Under the view of a high-powered microscope and with the use of close-up pictures of bed bugs, it’s so much easier.  You’ll probably note more differences to help tell them apart.

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