How Are Flea Bites Different Than Bed Bug Bites?

Line of Three Bed Bug Bites
Line of Three Bed Bug Bites

Have you noticed some mysterious red bumps suddenly appearing on your arms and legs? If you’re suffering from insect bites, determining the exact cause might not seem like an important distinction. However, knowing what you’re dealing with is the first step to solving the problem.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between flea bites and bed bug bites. Both result in red, inflamed areas. When you take a closer look, there are some features that can help provide a specific identification.

Characteristics of Flea Bites

  • The bite itself is a small red dot or puncture wound surrounded by a ring.
  • They appear in random clusters, usually on the legs and feet. Those are the easiest areas for fleas to reach.
  • Bites will occur continually, appearing at any time of day or night.
  • It may turn into a blister or open wound within a day or two.

Characteristics of Bed Bug Bites

  • The bite appears as a hard red bump, similar to a mosquito bite.
  • Bites are often found in linear rows. They can be on the face, hands, arms, legs and any area that’s exposed while sleeping.
  • Bed bugs don’t need to feed continually, so there’s generally a lull between attacks.

Regardless of the origin of the bites, you should resist the urge to scratch. It can result in a worsening of the irritation and could eventually cause infection.

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One thought on “How Are Flea Bites Different Than Bed Bug Bites?”

  1. Well its really plssiboe, considering the reason we have bedbugs that infest our homes now is because of hotels they can jump in suitcases. The only way to kill them in your fabrics is to wash them all in hot water. My mom did it, and all she did was fill the machine with clothes, detergent, and she also put in Borax laundry booster. She then filled the tub with hot water, then drained it, then did cold water for all the stuff that can’t be washed in hot water. It is ok to put cold water only stuff in sitting hot water for a bit But it won’t take too long for them to take over. I would wait for more evidence. The best time to check is early morning when its still dark outside, and you get up very lightly and have a flashlight to check. They are very fast bugs! Also the bites tend to happen in multiples, either in a line or in a grouping because we tend to shift in our sleep. Also if you see brown spots on your sheets, it could be blood that was from a bite that they bit Just type in Bedbug in yahoo or google images and you’ll see pictures so you can be sure! Good luck, they really suck! Thank God I also moved and I didn’t bring any with me

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