Ticks vs Bed bugs

While bed bugs and ticks and many among the main blood-sucking insects including fleas, mites, and ticks some certain characteristics set the two apart Bedbugs, which can be found in beds or furniture, feed on humans to obtain blood meals. For bed bugs, two species feed on humans:  (Cimex lectularius), which are prevalent in most parts of the world, and the tropical bedbug (Cimex hemipterus), which mainly are found in more tropical temperatures. The physical characteristics of bed bugs are as follows:  Bedbugs have a flat, oval-shaped body with no wings, and are approx. 4–7 mm long.

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Their colour is shiny reddish-brown after having a blood meal they become swollen and dark brown. The lifecycle of a bed bug consists only of three main stages: egg, nymph and adult The eggs usually measure about 1mm in length and have a pod-like shape to them. The nymphs as the juvenile bed bugs are called take 6 weeks to several months to develop into a full-grown adult if conditions are most favourable that is which are the right temperature and the availability of nutrients.

Tick in action
Ticks can swell up 10 times their body size!

Whereas ticks are outside in nature and often hide in tall grass while waiting for their hosts just like the bed bug, unlike the bed bug, these ticks are not classified as insects. They are classified as arachnids which put them in the same category as spiders. Ticks have 4 life stages which consist of egg, larva, nymph and, finally, adult. Unlike bed bugs, ticks can transmit serious diseases including Lyme disease. The ticks should be removed within 24-36 hrs before the bacteria transfers. So swift action is required. The symptoms are as follows: fever, headaches, rashes, and fatigue. The disease can also affect heart and brain function if left untreated.

The best way to prevent ticks is to wear bright clothes, check equipment, and check on the body. You want to look for your hairline, behind the ears, back and shoulders, armpits, belly button, groin area, legs and thighs, behind the knees, and between the fingers and toes. What makes tick bites so dangerous is that they cannot be felt. So doing a tick check is of utmost importance to stay safe. If you have kids travelling along with you, you should conduct this check on them as well.

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