Ticks and fleas know no bounds. They live and thrive on furbabies even when he’s squeaky clean, which makes it even more difficult to repel ticks and fleas! They’re around all year, but are even more prevalent in certain types of weather. So, what can you do to protect your furbaby from dangerous critters like ticks and fleas? And are ticks and fleas the same thing?

Both ticks and fleas commonly love to live and feed on pets, but they’re not the same thing. To start things off, let’s get to the difference between ticks and fleas.

 

 

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Ticks

Are ticks easy to spot? Having 8 legs and measuring ¼ to 1/8 inches long should be enough to spot and scare you and your furbaby! Ticks are definitely bigger than fleas and love to go from one furbaby to another – this includes humans too! Their average life span ranges from 3 weeks to 3 years; and lays thousands of eggs at a time, only after will the tick die.

Diseases from ticks such as lyme disease that can be fatal to both humans and furbabies. It’s important for you to be cautious at all times! Ticks are happiest in the cold, but that doesn’t mean you can relax. Always keep an eye out for these little 8-legged critters.

Fleas

Fleas are experts at jumping despite not having any wings at all! They’re about 1/16 to 1/8 inches long and very hard to spot. Don’t be complacent when your pet has fleas, because fleas love to stay on one pet and for a very long time until it dies. The worst part is that fleas can lay 20 to 40 eggs on your furbaby.

During the summer, it’s especially important to be wary about fleas, because they prefer warm weather. And when they enter your home, it’s possible that they’re not alone – they might bring tapeworms too and pass it on to your furbaby!

 

Favorite Hiding Spots of Ticks and Fleas

Now that we’ve sorted the difference between ticks and fleas, it’s time to move on to the real deal – where do ticks and fleas hide? Getting rid of ticks and fleas can be a real challenge! Spotting and even, feeling lumps and bumps on your furbaby can be really nerve wracking! Ticks and fleas are most likely hiding in dark, moist areas on your furbaby like:

 

  1. In and around the ears
  2. Under the collar
  3. Under the tail
  4. The groin area
  5. Between the toes
  6. Under the front legs
  7. Elbows
  8. Eyelids

 

Questions like where do ticks hide in the house and where do fleas like to hide in the house are often asked by pet parents. The answer - ticks and fleas can be found in dark, moist areas in your home – indoors and outdoors. It’s best to repel ticks and fleas as soon as possible. A few spots to check are:

 

  1. Leaf piles
  2. Tall grasses or trees
  3. Outdoor feeding/ sleeping areas
  4. Carpet

These areas require your special attention. It’s best to check your cat or dog for ticks and fleas on a regular basis, every day as much as possible. For example, if your furbaby went out to play, check your furbaby before he enters your home again. If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to check your furbaby again. Remember preventive measures are always better than seeking treatment!

 

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Treatment

When your furbaby becomes infected with ticks or fleas, seek immediate and long-term treatment right away. Be proactive and take advantage of every minute you have to care for your furbaby! So, what kills ticks on contact and fleas too?

 

  1. Flea and tick control spray
  2. Clean your home
  3. Throw away vacuum bags after cleaning
  4. Clean your furbaby’s bed

Now that you know the difference between ticks and fleas, you can start working on making sure they don’t get to your furbbaby. It’s never too late do what you can to repel ticks and fleas! But if they’re already on your furbaby, remove ticks and fleas as soon as possible!

 

Sources: 

https://pets.webmd.com/

https://www.medicinenet.com/

 https://www.thespruce.com/