How To Tell If You Have Bedbugs Or Fleas

If you have a creepy crawly problem but a Google search has not helped you identify whether it is bedbugs or fleas, you are in luck. There are ways to differentiate between two of the most common home invaders: bedbugs and fleas. Here is a guide from our expert bed bug control technicians which aims to help you tell which one you have so that you can find a way to deal with it ASAP.



Bedbugs are commonly found in your fabrics such as a couch or, as the name suggests, a bed mattress. You can take a look at these and see the little critters creeping around. Bedbugs like to feed off of humans as a rule and tend to leave your pets alone for the most part. For that reason, when it comes to infesting your home, getting advice about bed bugs is crucial, because humans (or human belongings such as stuffed animals or a couch) are what often bring bedbugs inside.


Bedbugs do not fly or jump, their only method of transportation is through crawling or hitching a ride on people and their belongings.




Fleas are often known for being discovered in your pet’s fur. Animals tend to be their preferred food in contrast to that of bedbugs. Fleas can jump up to 13 inches, which is why if you see things bouncing around on your pet or carpet, it’s a flea and not a bedbug. Fleas lay way more eggs than bedbugs, so while both infestations are bad, a flea invasion is often more serious and fast-moving than that of a bedbug.


Fleas are also, unfortunately, carriers of diseases and health problems that can be passed on to both pets and humans, making them a more serious problem in terms of severity. For this reason, identifying fleas correctly by getting as much info as you can is vital.


How do I tell them apart?


If you have two side by side, you will be able to tell them apart from their shape and size. A flea is skinny, long, and oval-shaped, whereas a bedbug is short, fat, and a rounder shape. You will also notice that a flea is much smaller than a bedbug, though they are similar in colour.


It is always recommended that you bring in a professional to deal with both of these pests, as both can be hard to get rid of, but properly identifying which one it is can help you start out the process on your own, as well as help the London pest control professional to know what type problem they are coming out for.


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