Ticks vs Bed Bugs: Your Guide


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When you have a tiny pest pestering you, you’ll do anything to get rid of it, but first, you need to identify the culprit. Luckily, there are some easy ways to tell the difference between two small-but-mighty pests: ticks and bed bugs.

Ticks vs Bed Bugs

Appearance

  • Tick: Adult ticks have eight legs as adults (only six as larvae), and grow to be about the size of an apple seed. The color varies.
  • Bed Bug: Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, have six legs, and are about the size of an apple seed.

Location

  • Tick: You are most likely to find ticks outside. If there is a tick inside, it hitched a ride indoors on you or your pet.
  • Bed Bug: Bed bugs aren’t limited to the bed; you can find them anywhere, including on the couch, rug, public transit, and your own car.

Bites

  • Tick: Bites can produce a tell-tale bull’s eye rash. The tick might even still be in the center.
  • Bed Bug: Bites are small, clustered, red, and possibly itchy or burning a few days after exposure. They often appear in groups along your body.

Signs of an Infestation

  • Tick: There are rarely tick infestations. If there are multiple tiny bugs present in your home, you are likely not dealing with a tick problem.
  • Bed Bug: You might wake up with an unexplained rash, find little blood stains on your sheets from bites, and find exoskeletons when you look harder.

Tiny Pests Can Be a Big Problem.

That’s why Green Pest Solutions is here. We have preventative measures to keep ticks and other pests from calling your yard their own and the tools necessary to kick bed bugs out. Call us today at 877-636-9469 for more information.