Flea vs. Tick
There are many differences between fleas and ticks, including:
- The type of parasite they are: A flea is a wingless insect with six legs that can jump.
- The hosts they look for: Adult fleas find one host, usually a dog or cat, and stay there until they die (their lifespan on a pet can last two to three months). Ticks feed on multiple hosts (rodents, rabbits, deer, and pets) up to two weeks at a time throughout the different stages of their development and can live up to three years in various environments.
- The weather they can tolerate: In most cases, we think of flea and tick season as the warmer months, and for fleas, that’s true. Warm environments are ideal for them.
- Their tendency to infest your home: Fleas are more likely to infest your house. They multiply, they bring along friends and they can get on your clothes and your furniture. Ticks typically just wait around and latch onto their host as they walk by.
- The way you treat them: If you have a flea infestation, you’ll most likely need to use a premise product to clean and treat the areas of your house exposed to the infestation, as well as give your dog a flea bath, or treat your pet with a preventive. With ticks, you will want to remove them as quickly as possible and even give the pet a bath if they are heavily infested. To avoid ticks in the future, be sure to apply a preventive.
- The diseases they carry: Fleas can cause skin issues, flea allergy dermatitis, and carry tapeworms. Infected ticks can transmit potentially deadly diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.