Spot the Difference Between a Bed Bug and a Flea

It is definitely a challenge to get rid of bedbugs and fleas, especially if you are not sure which one you are dealing with. While there is a theory that bed bugs reside only in the bedrooms and fleas in all parts of the house, you cannot simply depend on this basis to find out the ones infesting your house. In either case, it is of utmost importance to have a flea control or bed bug control whichever is infesting your house.How to differentiate between bedbugs and fleas?The flea bitesThese are tiny blood-sucking insects, a major population of which live on pets. These insects cannot fly but can jump as much as 18 centimeters. They bite the host as soon as they latch on them. The flea bites generally occur around the waist, ankles, armpits and other skin folds.A typical flea experience can be felt right after they bite. The flea bites are comparable with a mosquito bite. One may consider flea bites as harmless and only causing some discomfort or a rash. But the bites are dangerously harmful during epidemics as they are parasites and carriers of various diseases.Some common symptoms include small red marks on the skin and itchingThe bed bug bitesSimilar to the fleas, the bed bugs also survive on blood. The bed bugs hide during the day. So, it is difficult to find them. They usually bite people when they are asleep as they are attracted to the body heat. Their hideout locations include the mattresses, bed frames, carpets and box springs. The bed bugs usually bite on the face, hands, arms, and neck.Inspect your body carefully. The bed bug bites usually have their center raised and red in color.How do they look?Bed BugsThe bed bugs are reddish-brown, flat and oval. They measure around 5 mm in length and appear much similar to ticks. Similar to them, they become darker and bigger in color after feeding.FleasFleas are dark coloured and have flattened bodies and long legs which are suitable for them to jump around. They are wingless parasites and are often between 2 to 3 mm in length.How to spot bed bugs?The bed bugs although hard to notice leave their skin shed and make it easier for recognizing them by the dark spots on the bedding. The most dangerous thing about bed bugs is that they can lay up to 500 eggs every couple of months. So, if you suspect even a single bed bug, it is really important that you call a bed bug control service as soon as possible. There are special bed bug treatments available in stores but read the labels carefully before spraying them on the affected areas especially the bedding areas.How to spot fleas?It is fairly difficult to spot fleas owing to their pesky parasitic nature and the hiding place: the body of the host. In case you find any physical evidence of fleas on the body of your pet, take it to a vet immediately and get an anti-flea treatment done. On the other hand, if you do not have any pets in your home but still find a flea infestation seek out some professional help.Just like the bed bugs, a flea problem can escalate quickly. Fleas are also known to survive without a host for months. Put the infestation behind you by either getting in touch with a professional service or finding alternate solutions for yourself.Setting a trapThis trap works only for fleas and not for bed bugs. Add a few drops of dish soap on a wide but shallow glass bowl. Place it near a lampshade overnight. The soapy bowl attracts fleas. If you have fleas, you are sure to find some in the bowl the next morning.

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Help She Wont Sleep in Her Bassinet?
She's only a week old - and she's still adjusting to her new life, too! She definitely won't be self-soothing at this point, and you certainly won't "spoil" her by holding her.Try swaddling her so she feels secure. Try some anti-gas medicine. Try letting her sleep in a more upright position, like in her car seat; she may have a medical condition that makes it uncomfortable to lay flat - or she just might not like to lay flat. Play soft music or white noise in the background to help her sleep better. Get some suggestions from your doctor.You have some long weeks ahead of you, Mama, but that's what parenting is about. Make sure you and Daddy take shifts to help each other get through it.• Suggested Readingmoving out on my own for the first time? im scared please send advice?You will be OK, I promise!Look at the bright side - you are ONLY 20 minutes away from your family. At the same time, you are on your own! You are embarking on a new adventure!Talk to the management about your questions. Yes, stack-able washer/dryer units are still available. I know what you mean about grocery shopping because I live on the 2nd floor. I try to go to the store every couple of days so that I don't have more bags than I can carry in one trip.The 2nd floor is great because no one lives above me! (no "elephants" walking overhead). The downside is that I can't practice line dancing or do any aerobics to dvd's because I don't want to be the "elephant" to my downstairs neighbors. lol------Toddler climbing INTO, not out of, crib?Sadly there is not much you can do about climbing in general but there is something you can buy at walmart.com called a crib tent. I bought one for my son when he was newborn to keep the cats out of the crib and to keep him in. It attaches to the top of the crib in a tent like fashion and zips and unzips. It will keep her out and will discourage her climbing it. It will also keep your younger one safe from falling out later. As for the climbing of other furniture you could try time outs when you catch her or distracting her from what she is doing by getting her interested in another activity but if she is a monkey like my son it will be hard. Good luck. You are not alone.------Putting a mattress in a play yard?I thought the same thing when I got a pack and play with changing table for the my newborn to stay at Grandma's house. I found out from several people that they are supposed to sleep on firm surfaces. You will see if you set them on anything too soft how easy they roll. I would be careful about adding a mattress bc the bassinet feature has a weight limit. You need to make sure that the weight of it and the weight of your son aren't over the limit.What I did for my daughter was wrap the mattress pad in one of the many fluffy blankets I got as a gift and then wrapped that tightly with a receiving blanket. If you do this be sure all the ends of the blankets are tucked under and you have a taut surface. It will feel more cushy and will still be safe for baby.------MIL wants us to use her son's old baby bed 22 yrs old.?Do some research on the safety of the baby bed. If it has slats like a crib, check that the slats are close enough together that the baby's head can't fit through it. If it's not safe, you may be able to find a handyman or carpenter to adapt it. Could even make it into something else -- like use the head and foot of it to make the ends of a nice new heirloom toybox / trunk.If you do find that it's safe, and you like the idea of the tradition, embrace it! It will please her, and be a nice tradition for your baby.If you hate the idea, just let her down gently... I'm so flattered by your generous offer, but I really had my heart set on this other bed... Why don't we set it up at your house so we can use it when we visit?------Fleas in basement? Can't vacuum and newborn in the house?Best, absolutely best bug control...diatomaceous earth. It is a naturally occurring substance, not man made or a reactive chemical. In minor amounts it is harmless (for liability reasons pretend you didn't read that) except to bugs. It is microscopically sharp crystals that will cut the outer shell of bugs and then they die. As far as I can tell, it kills all bugs. You can sprinkle DE with a salt shaker all around your basement, behind your furniture, on your dog (not in eyes please), on your carpets and rugs, in kitchen and linen cabinets, pretty much anywhere (I wouldn't put it in the baby's bed, but I wouldn't mind it between my mattress & box springs or in pillow cases & under sheets). It lasts as an effective bug killer until you remove it, and is very cheap at any hardware or pool supply. Only downside, it is visible on dark surfaces------My parents are adopting a 2 yr old girl?Hey!Congrats to you and your family! This is a great choice for ANY family, adoption is a wonderful thing and I'm sure you will all be a great family to the child.Your check list of things looks pretty good. Make sure that some of the toys have an educational purpose, however--and since you didn't give your age, I'll have to guess that you're a teenager. Little sisters can be veryyy annoying sometimes, but don't take any anger out on her. Be the big sister that SHE wants to be...don't party a lot, don't disobey parents, do well in school. Lead by example! Talk and play with your younger sister a lot, because it helps develop emotional and social skills. :)When it comes time to enroll her in school, be part of her education! She'll like that, a lot. Help your parents out with what they need. :)Good luck!-Lish------How can I incorporate antique furniture in a little girls room?It must be a large room I hope and is it going to be shared by both as your little girl will grow and need more space than at this present time in life.Just because the fashion mags have all white at this present time. Colour scheme change from season to season with them as next year it will be pink or blue.Nothing wrong with going all out in antique look. Like match the whole room in say Edwardian or Gothic look what ever as children's rooms can be adapted that way. I nice old fashion rocking horse and dolls house wouldn't go astray. Nice sturdy children table and chairs with a Queen Ann bed and dresser to match bringing out the beautiful wood grain would look nice.Anyway have a Happy New Year.------How can I introduce my new baby to my two dogs?After you've had your baby and dressed him/her give your husband/partner the baby's gro/hat/mits/blanket etc to take home before hand to let the dogs have a good sniff therefore they will be used to the smell when you bring baby home.When your home introduce them separately and work form there only you know your own dogs i would invest in a dog gate between rooms to so you can lock them out the room but they can still see.I would also suggest not letting them sleep/sit on the furniture its not nice the baby will get full of dogs hairs euch !!Don't be offended either but Please never leave your baby alone whether in the crib/pram any were alone with the dog(s) no matter how much they grow to love him/her.------Should I get my teacup Chihuahua spayed?It is much safer to get her spayed. Toy dogs have frequent problem pregnancies and if she were to get pregnant it could kill her. There are also potential diseases that occur in unspayed dogs. Going into heat every few months is messy and gets blood on your carpet. She will be frustrated and tend to mark territory, that means pee around the apartment.1 less risky than pregnancy or diseases2 male dogs are incredibly sneaky and single minded. A friend brings their dog over... Plus being inside is unhealthy. She needs walks as much as any other dog. Otherwise she will be overweight and have joint problems.3 Ask if you can leave her at the Vet's overnight and an extra dayLast there is no such thing as a teacup Chihuahua. Chihuahuas are, according to the breed standard, 2 - 6 pounds. If your dog is already 2 pounds and not yet fully grown, she will be larger than the breed standard, not smaller.------Im 18 live in an apartment with my boyfriend and 6 month old baby.He keeps throwing my furniture out telling .?Why don't you try getting in touch with your family in other states and see if you are able to move in with them? Or ask a friend if you can stay with them just until you get things settled. As for your boyfriend you deserve better no matter how much you may love him don't put you and your baby through that. Call your local police station and get a restraining order on him. He will more than likely get arrested depending on your states policy on domestic issues. Arizona is extremely strict and some one gets arrested on the spot. The police station can also help you find a shelter if its needed. do you and your son a favor and leave while you can it may be hard but in the long run it will be worth it best of luck girly------How to get rid of Roaches??Exterminator! If it the big ones; you don't have a problem yet! If it's the small ones that you see, that means there are more babies running around; that's a problem. The exterminator is your best bet!! My dad's house is surrounded by huge trees; which means the big tree ones. He keeps his house exterminated; and it's not a problem. If you want to go cheaper...get the 'house bombs'! You can get them at Wal-Mart; you set them off in your house and it's get in the nooks-n-crannies! Take your family to the park for the day and bomb the house. Come back, mop, dust, clean as usual! Check the label there is a certain amount of time you need to stay out of the house while it gets bombed! Good Luck!!!------How do i get my dog to not chew thingd?http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/chewing.htmHi Joe the above link might be of some help however all pups chew because they are bored or are in pain with their teeth coming through. Your parents need to understand this because they would'nt get rid of a teething baby would they? You sound vey worried so make sure you pup has a safe bone to chew on and keep him away from a room that has lots of furniture with wooden legs. My GSD is 9 months old and so far all he has destroyed is a duvet that I bought for him, he has a nice bone and I tire him out with walks and such he also has an indestructible ball. Your Vet can give you a pain killer and once the pup's teeth are through he will stop chewing everything in sight. Pick up clothes and shoes Joe so you are helping the dog.The best of luck to you both.
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