The Difference Between Ticks and Bed Bugs
Tick: Ticks have 8 legs.
Bed Bug: Bed bugs have 6 legs.
Arachnid vs Insect
Since newly hatched ticks are relatively flat and only have six legs until feeding for the first time, tick nymphs and adult bed bugs can be mistaken for each other.
Difference in Hosts & Habitats
Additionally, ticks thrive in outdoor environments, while bed bugs are mainly found indoors.
Most importantly, while bed bug bites are irritating, they do not spread disease. Tick bites, however, can transmit Lyme disease, babesiosis, and tularemia.
Prevention & Control
- Entry: Both ticks and bed bugs frequently infest homes. Bed bugs enter via luggage or clothing and then establish colonies in mattresses, furniture, and draperies.
- Bed Bugs: Bed bug populations quickly get out of hand, which makes professional pest control the only option to guarantee proper removal.
- Ticks: Ticks regularly attach to the skin of people and pets, which makes avoiding tall grasses and other areas where ticks breed essential to control and prevention.
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