Mosquito VS Flea Bites: And Knowing The Difference

Mosquito VS Flea Bites: And Knowing The Difference

by Lee & Hollie Woodham 
of Mosquito Joe Northwest DFW

If you are like most, summer outdoors is essential. It is a time for barbeques, get togethers, relaxing by the pool, playtime outdoors for children and just kicking back enjoying the evenings trying to catch a breeze. Based on some recent feedback, I thought I would use this article in an attempt to try and provide some helpful tips in identifying mosquito bites from flea bites. Why you ask? Because sometimes it is helpful to know the differences when trying to figure out how best to take back control of your yard. Flea bites are commonly mistaken for mosquito bites. Their symptoms are indeed very similar as they include red rash, itching and swelling. However, there are also some differences and the more you know hopefully the better you are able to identify. The chart is for informational purposes only and intended to describe a regular reaction to the insects’ bites not an allergic one or one that is caused by the diseases/viruses they carry.

If your main concern is mosquitoes and want to keep updated on the mosquito pressure in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I recommend AccuWeather. When on the website, enter the name of the city you want to look at and then click on the mosquito in the top right hand corner of the page. This will provide current mosquito pressure/activity in your city.

The Bite Spot
Flea: Small deep bites with a hole in the center and a red areola around it. Some blisters can also be found
Mosquito: Small red swollen spots

Where They Bite
Flea: More often fleas bite feet, ankles and shins, less often they attack the upper body. Fleas bite several times often appearing in clusters
Mosquito: The bites are separate, spots can be found all over the body depending on species

Who Bites
Flea: Both males and females bite requiring a blood meal before mating
Mosquito: Only females bite. Males prefer flower nectar. Females require blood to produce eggs

Flea: Intense, typically takes 2-3 days to go away
Mosquito: Intense, typically takes 3-4 days to go away. Scratching worsens the symptoms

Other Typical Symptoms
Flea: Strong pain at the moment of the bite, the insect can go unnoticed in many cases
Mosquito: Strong pain at the moment of the bite, the insect can go unnoticed in many cases

Insect Activity Peak
Flea: Starts in May and can go through winter. Only sustained cold (less than 30 degrees) and low humidity levels will kill off outdoor eggs, larvae, and adult fleas
Mosquito: Activity peaks in the spring and during summer months. Activity starts to decrease once temperatures are 50 degrees and below

Typical Attractions
Flea: Body warmth, carbon dioxide, and vibrations
Mosquito: Attracted to carbon dioxide, fragrances, floral scents, dark colored clothing, potassium, salt and lactic acid

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