Probably one of the most irritating things to happen—physically, emotionally, and mentally—is fleas and/or ticks infesting your pet. For one, it’s quite hard to differentiate if you’re not very familiar with these pests. And another thing, they’re mini-zombies to our beloved furries (and to us, too!) which suck off blood and can leave us with diseases if not addressed immediately.

 

The mere mention of fleas and ticks might make you feel itchy right now—but don’t fret! Half the battle is won when you study and observe the enemy, so let’s take the first step to triumph against these crawling creatures that harm us and our pets more than just the common blood-sucking. Identifying which is a flea or a tick is helpful in the process of eliminating them—read on and learn the basic Flea Vs. Tick 101!

 

On first glance, it’ll be hard to distinguish a flea from a tick. Just keep in mind, though, that ticks are generally bigger than fleas, and have a flat, teardrop shaped body. Meanwhile, fleas are so small, about ⅛ inch thick with six legs, that its body details can only be seen through a microscope.

 

When they inhabit a host, though, here’s a clear discernment of the two. Fleas are considered house pests, too, which can reproduce in the nooks and crannies of your home, including cabinets, beds, or carpets. These insects lay 40 to 50 eggs per day for several weeks. These can live feeding on both animal and human blood, thus affecting not just your pets but pet parents as well. Ticks, on the other hand, don’t breed indoors and can only duplicate outside.

 

Take note that the lifespan of each pest varies. Fleas stick with their chosen host until they die, typically around two to three months. While ticks jump from one host to another throughout their lifespan, and can survive for up to three years.

 

If a pet infested with fleas and/or ticks isn’t attended at once, they might suffer diseases that can cause allergies and even fatalities. Both cause skin irritation and redness to animals, but more troublesome are transmission of tapeworms and bartonellosis from fleas, or worse, deadly ones from ticks like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

 

Growth can be prevented with early measures, like removal of fleas and ticks from your pet as soon as you found one on their fur and applying product in areas exposed to infestation. Eliminate them with bath using products that target pet pests. Check areas of the house for possible flea outbreak, too, and immediately seek removal of infestation!

 

Pet hygiene is important, as well as visits to the vet, especially once an infestation is discovered. As they say, prevention is better than cure. And of course, a healthy pet is a happy and beautiful pet—so look out for early signs, regularly check their fur for possible rash, and consult whenever necessary. Your dog or cat’s health is dependent on you, so give them the best care they truly deserve!