Ticks vs. Bed Bugs

The main difference between ticks and bugs is that ticks are arachnids having eight legs and bed bugs are insects having six legs.

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ticks vs bed bugs

Comparison Chart

Basis of Distinction Ticks Bed Bugs
Definition An insect lives on the blood of animals An insect which lives on the blood of both animals and human
Class Arachnida Insecta
Subclass Acari Pterygota
Superorder Parasitiformes Paraneoptera
Order Ixodida Hemiptera
Nature Parasite-small arachnid Parasite-insect
Symptoms Their bites can result in skin itching, skin rashing, severe health diseases Symptoms appear a while after red bumps often with a darker red spot in the middle, may or may not itch.

What are Ticks?

Belongs to the order of Parasitiformes, ticks are small blood sucking pests from the family of scorpions, mites, and spiders. There are different species of ticks across the globe with some habit in common; to feed on the blood of animals. Most of them also feed themselves from the blood of human as well. These are containing various diseases that these transfer to the host body while sucking the blood. They can’t hop or fly, yet when prepared for sucking blood will jump on the passing human or animal and will sit on the front legs. This is called questing. It is not necessary that it will bite at once; rather it will take some time to find out the most suitable part of the skin. That’s why most of the medications suggest brushing off the pets before going inside. Once locating the position of the host body, these will start feeding themselves, and their body will fill with blood. The females’ ticks can suck blood original than their size. The more blood they suck the color of their body get lighter, and these ultimately reach the size of a pea. The chances of infection increases as longer as the tick is sucking the blood or biting continuously.

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What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are reddish and flat insects that grown on the blood of both human and animals. These activate during the night when the host is sleeping. These can be found anywhere on both neat and dirty places. They don’t fly at all, however, moves from one place to another place quickly by passing through used bags, luggage, clothes and other items. These are flattened enough so easily adjust themselves in any situation. As compared to the other blood sucking insects, these active during the night and bite the host when they are sleeping. Bed bugs don’t rely on the blood of animals only; these also suck the human blood as well. The several infections caused by bed bugs are skins rashes, skin allergy, and other psychological effects. These are not known to pass on pathogens as disease vectors. Recent research over the infection produced by the bed bugs has revealed that the bed bugs can infect the almost twenty-eight pathogens, but these are not capable of transmitting disease from one human to other or from one host to another. Though Aids, hepatitis of all kind and MRSA are impossible to transmit but still, arboviruses are still transferable.

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Key Differences

  1. The main source of food for ticks is animal blood while bed bugs feed themselves on human blood but can bite animals as well.
  2. Ticks are found in outdoors especially in wooded and grassy areas while bed bugs are usually found
  3. Bed bugs feed in several areas of the human body mainly at night whereas ticks attach to one spot and hang on for new days until they are fully gorged.
  4. Ticks carry serious diseases with them while bed bugs don’t carry diseases with them.
  5. There are two species of bed bugs while ticks have many species.
  6. Bed bugs are mostly found in the bed between the mattress and the box spring while ticks are found in almost all places.
  7. Ticks are tiny, wingless, and ectoparasites. The bed bugs are reddish brown, oval and flat insect just like an apple seed.
  8. Ticks can leave behind pathogens inside the body making it vulnerable to diseases. These may also result in a huge loss of blood if the infestation increases. Bed bugs cause a severe allergic reaction and may include severe hives, itching or blisters.
  9. Ticks can spread diseases fast, and they attach themselves to the host and leave behind pathogens. Bed bugs active during the night. These bites to rashes and allergies as they often don’t find the bed bugs.
  10. Bed bugs live in cracks and crevices of beds, box springs, and bed frames. These attached to host body until they want. While Ticks al of automatically one the feeding is complete.
  11. Bed bugs are insects whereas ticks are related to spiders and scorpions.
  12. Ticks attach themselves to their hosts while bed bugs don’t follow the same attitude.
  13. Bed bugs can be removed by using insecticides or using cleaning contaminated products. Ticks can be removed by using them straight out using tweezers.
  14. Ticks are arachnids having eight legs and bed bugs are insects having six legs.

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