Bed bugs are small insects. Their bodies are oval-shaped and reddish-brown in color. They have six legs and can cover a distance of three to four feet per minute. In addition, they lay eggs. These tiny creatures have an egg-laying life cycle of six to seven weeks.
Fleas are 1.5 to 3.3 millimeters long. They have an oval body with six legs, but they do not have wings. The difference between a bed bug and a flea is their size. Fleas tend to be smaller than bed bugs. They are typically found around the mattress piping, along baseboards, and on upholstery.
Both bedbugs and fleas can be a nuisance. Besides biting, both can spread several diseases, which makes them important to treat. Bedbugs are easier to get rid of, but fleas can be more difficult to get rid of. If you suspect that your home has these insects, the first step is to identify their location and species.
Fleas are smaller than bedbugs, but they do produce similar bloodstains. Flea bites often look like small dots with a dark red centre. A bed bug bite, on the other hand, will appear as a raised, flat red welt. The bites are usually not painful, but they can cause a rash and other reactions.