People can get very confused about what has bitten them and would like to know how to spot the difference between flea bites and tick bites.

We do know that both of these pests can affect animals and humans alike and in this article we hope to make it easier for you to spot the difference between fleas and ticks.

They both bite leaving tell tale marks on the skin and we need to examine these bites to identify which one is which

Once you have identified the problem you can decide what measures yo need to do to get rid of them and prevent them coming back.

The flea

fleaThe flea is a tiny wingless insect that feeds on blood on animals and humans.

They have very strong legs that enable them to jump vast distances which allows them to jump from host to host.

They have dark flat bodies and are so small it can be hard to spot them if you don’t know were to look.

They feed on your pet which is bad enough but they also lay eggs, up to 40 a day that fall off your pet as it walks around your home spreading the infestation throughout your house.

The longer you leave it without treatment the harder it is to get on top of the infestation.

The tick

tickThe tick is a tiny arachnid and just like the flea is wingless.

They are bigger than a flea although their size does depend on how much blood the have consumed.

They have eight legs just like a spider and can be found on many animals such as sheep, cattle, snakes and lizards as well as cats dogs and humans.

They can live up to three years old and will seek out different hosts to serve variety of nutrition needs.

Tick bites vs flea bites

Its may be hard to find any of these insects because they are so small but it can be easier to distinguish which one has bitten you or your pet.

If you have been bitten by a flea you will usually feel it after a while and you or your pet will start itching.

A tick will bite on the other hand will show practically no pain so you wont know you’ve been bitten until you see the bite mark.

Ticks tend not to stay on the same hosts, simply feeding and leaving only to return when they need to feed again.

Fleas usually stay on the host but can survive for several months without feeding if no host is available.

Once you have identified that its a flea bite or tick bite you will need to treat the problem before it gets out of hand.