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Difference Between Fleas and Ticks

June 9, 2021

Usually, fleas and ticks are lumped together when it comes to pest control. But are ticks and fleas the same? No, there is a huge difference between the two. They may be pesky parasites; however, they are unique in their habits, life cycles, and diseases.

In the blog post, we’ll uncover the difference between fleas and ticks, the dangers of them, and how to prevent these parasites.

Fleas vs Ticks

Fleas can only jump or crawl because they do not have wings. How many legs do fleas have? They also have six legs and antennae. But do ticks have 8 legs, like how most people think? Ticks are very closely resembled to spiders. They have eight legs and no antennae attached.

What do Ticks and Fleas Look Like?

Fleas are very small and nearly invisible. They measure at about 1/16 inch to ⅛ inch long. Ticks are much bigger measuring at ¼ inch and usually take blood from their hosts to gain larger. Both have a dark brown color, but ticks may have a different color variation.

Fleas can only jump or crawl because they do not have wings. They also have six legs and antennae. However, Ticks are very closely resembled to spiders. They have eight legs and no antennae attached.

Their Appearance

Fleas are very small and nearly invisible. They measure at about 1/16 inch to ⅛ inch long. Ticks are much bigger measuring at ¼ inch and usually take blood from their hosts to gain larger. Both have a dark brown color, but ticks may have a different color variation.

Hosts

Ticks love to transfer from host to host to gather blood, but fleas typically stay into one host. Ticks can even move between species. Throughout their life stages, they can transfer between dogs, humans, lizards, and snakes.


Difference between Fleas and Ticks
Difference between Fleas and Ticks

Duration of Time on Host

For fleas, they typically stay on their host for their entire lifespan, which is about 100 days. On the contrary, ticks will stay on a host-only for a few days or weeks before moving onto their next host. However, ticks aren’t able to jump, so, therefore, they have to wait until another host comes along.

Lifespan

The lifespan of a Tick ranges vastly around a few weeks to a few years. On the other hand, fleas have a lifespan of about three months or a little longer.

Detecting Fleas or Ticks

Typically if you see your dog start scratching, that’s usually a huge sign that fleas may be there. Fleas are more difficult to spot because they can hide in clothing or under the scalp. You can check on them after being outdoors. But if not, you will notice them once it becomes uncomfortable.

Feeding

Adult fleas will leave tiny red bite marks on their hosts that appear as dots. For ticks to survive, they need to latch on hosts and suck their blood. They will go from one place to another seeking this.

Reproduction and Eggs

Female adult hosts will lay around 20-40 eggs while they’re on their host. Ticks will leave thousands of eggs once they have left the host.

Preferred Climate

Fleas prefer warmer and humid climates and hang around in the outdoors, especially in the summer months. Ticks can survive in the colder temperatures, even near freezing.

How to Prevent Them

Fleas are usually brought into the house by pets. By incorporating proper pest control, you can prevent and exterminate ticks and fleas. You can use products that prevent fleas on your pets, washing your pet toys and bedding often, vacuuming your home frequently, and cleaning your yard to remove debris, clippings, long grass, and leaves. You can use repellents or sprays to prevent ticks on both pets and humans. Also, you can perform regular checks on humans and pets when coming inside.

Which is Worse fleas or ticks?

Fleas don’t commonly spread diseases; however, they can bring typhus, bartonellosis, tapeworm, and cat-scratch disease that can be detrimental to both pets and humans. On the contrary, ticks can spread deadly diseases such as Lyme disease, bourbon fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

To properly prevent pests, it is best to contact a professional. A local pest control expert will have all the equipment to eliminate them if you or your pets have them.

Which is Worse fleas or ticks?

Which is Worse fleas or ticks?


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