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Monday, 9 August 2021

Have I Got BedBugs or Fleas?

 Have I Got BedBugs or Fleas?

Bedbugs and fleas are typically referred to as all year round pests. They are able to breed all through the year mainly because they are indoor pests and we make sure to keep our homes nice and cosy when it is cold outside. That is not to say that they are dormant in the winter, but they prefer warmer weather (who doesn't!) and so are actually far more active in breeding between June and late September. 

The problem with bedbugs and fleas is the speed in which they can multiply. They are very small pests, their eggs are even smaller which makes them very hard to detect until you have an infestation. Both enjoy a nice blood meal, and will leave you itching for days. 

Here are some differences between bedbugs and fleas to keep you in the know;

- Bedbug adults are typically flat and round, whereas adult fleas are more narrow and have long back legs

- Both bedbug and flea adults are brownish in colour

- Fleas prefer animals to humans for their blood meals

- Bedbugs can live for months without feeding, adults fleas can only live for two weeks without food

- Fleas are able to breed much quicker than bedbugs as they are able to lay hundreds of eggs each week

- Bedbugs are nocturnal, they feed on you while you sleep. Fleas are also nocturnal to a point but are far more active during the day compared to bedbugs

- Fleas have a pretty impressive jump, they do this in order to move from one host to another. They are lightning quick too. Bedbugs cannot jump or fly

If you find yourself with a bedbug or flea problem this summer, please do not hesitate to get in touch. SOS Pest Control can get you pest free in no time!
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