Flea Bites Vs Bedbug Bites: The Difference

Robert James
Pest Control Technician

Fleas and Bedbugs are household pests that some people sometimes mistake their bites one for the other. But in reality, there are differences in the presenting symptoms of flea bites and bedbug bites. Once you are familiar with the differences, it would be easier to tell which of the pests the culprit is, whenever you are bitten.

Difference Between Bedbug and Flea Bites

What exactly are the differences in their bites? You may ask. In this write-up, I shall take a look at what differentiates one bite from the other. Now, here are the things to look out for.

Flea Bites

Flea Bites

Here are the symptoms of flea bites you need to familiarize yourself with:

  • Bites are common below the knees, usually on the ankles.
  • Bites look like red, small dots that are not easily noticeable
  • The red spots are usually surrounded by reddened haloes.
  • Itching in the affected area
  • Large areas of redness, small pimples, and rigorous itching may develop if there is an allergic reaction to the bite. This may eventually require some treatments.
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Bedbug Bites

Bed Bugs Bites

Having seen the signs and symptoms of flea bites, it is time to understand how the bites from bedbugs look like. The following therefore, are the signs of bedbug bites:

  • Bites present with red areas that are swollen and have a dark red center.
  • There are blisters or hives in the affected areas.
  • Bites occur in a line or are grouped together in a small area.
  • Bites can be in any part of the body
  • Bedbug bites occur mostly on the parts of the skin that are exposed while one sleeps, such as arms, hands, face, and legs.
  • Bites can itch very badly
  • There could be a burning sensation over the area of bite, which can occur several days after you are bitten. Initially, you may not feel any pain because bugs usually excrete a little amount of local anesthesia into your body before taking a bite.
  • Their bites do not usually transmit any disease. However, due to excessive itching and scratching, one can mistakenly introduce some infection into the bitten area.
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So, when next you are bitten, take a closer look at the area to see the pattern of the bite, the part of the body affected, if there is itching or other noticeable symptoms. Then you can easily diagnose whether what you have is a flea bite or a bedbug bite.

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