The Differences Between Fleas and Ticks

When it comes to pets, many people want the best for them. Going to the vet for regular checkup is not enough because there are some signs you should always look out for.

The process is simple and the things to be observed aren’t complicated.

There are some signs that you should watch out for daily. One thing that many people forget to check is fleas and ticks. Many people are confused about the difference between the two.

They are the same in some ways and have some difference. They are both critters that can easily adjust to their surroundings so as to continue enjoying their free meal – the blood of your pet.

The ticks and fleas both bite, leaving tell-tale marks on the skin of humans. What is the difference between the bites of fleas and ticks?

These insects do not have wings, but they can fly over long distances. They are very hard to spot because of their size. They measure between 1.4mm to 1.5mm to  (1/16 to 1/18 inches) longs and have a lifespan of about 100 days.

This means that they will stay on your dog until the day they die. They don’t have to move because they are getting everything they need.

It stays on the dog, feeds off it blood and lay eggs. They can lay 20 to 40 eggs per day for some weeks. These eggs will land anywhere. These insects prefer heat and they would rather prefer spending their time indoors.

Fleas and Ticks

A tick is a close cousin to the spider and classified as an arachnid. It is twice bigger than fleas. They move from one animal to another and can also be found on lizards, snakes and humans.

They can live for up to 3 years and during that time they will be moving one animal to the next. They are very picky and will wait to find a perfect home then go off to find another host to feed on. 

They don’t spend too much time on one dog.

Ticks lay thousands of eggs at a go after feeding off the host and fall. Once it has done this, the tick dies and leaves a new generation to continue its dirty work.

They are happy in low temperatures and don’t mind the winter climate. It carries many potentially deadly diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

Flea bites look like mosquito bites and many people confuse the two. If your home is mosquito free, then that could be a sign of fleas.

The next thing you should do is to confirm your suspicion by doing a flea inspection of your home and surrounding. The flea bites could lead to severe pain and even infections.

Tick bites, on the other hand are painless and their size gives them a lot of advantage. They cannot be easily seen and thus if you start to see red marks, go see a doctor.

After some days, you might develop other symptoms like headaches and a fever.


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