Both ticks and fleas are bloodsuckers and lousy home companions. If you live in a house with plenty of space around it, you should definitely clean your yard from these pests.
So Many Hosts, So Little Time
Fleas are revolting little colonists who set up homes in the hair of our pets. They prefer dark and warm spaces to breed and reside on, therefore stick on furry animals like cats, dogs, raccoons, foxes, or opossums. Fleas can bite humans as well, but our hairless bodies are not to their liking.
On the other hand, ticks are open to a broader array of options such as cats, dogs, cattle, rabbits, deer, raccoons, foxes, birds, snakes, rodents, squirrels and even humans.
Life stages and breeding
Fleas have four life stages – eggs, larvae, pupae and adult flea. Only when they reach the adult stage, they are capable of biting.
Ticks have four life stages as well – egg, larvae, nymph, and adult. In contrast with fleas, ticks start biting from an early age — from the larval stage.
Besides the fact that ticks and fleas are annoying and even dangerous, they breed very fast. Female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day. Female ticks lay up to 20,000 eggs, and then they die.
Favorite places to spend time and feed
Adult fleas like to live on their host, squatting and biting which is very annoying for your pets, but it also makes it easier to kill off large parts of the adult flea infestation. Shampoo, spot-on treatments or oral meds are quick methods to exterminate the fleas living on your pet.
When it comes to ticks, on the other hand, they can be complicated to seek and destroy. That is because ticks spend most of their lives living off and away from hosts. They are patient predators, hiding out in holes and cracks where they are harder to be discovered, waiting for the right host to come along.
What is very disturbing is that if left uninterrupted, tick larvae can stay attached and feed on their host for about three days. For nymphs, feeding lasts 3 to 4 days, whereas, for adult females, it lasts for 7 to 10 days.
Both fleas and ticks are dangerous – they can cause and carry different types of conditions and diseases.
Fleas represent the number one cause of skin infections in pets, which can lead to an extended array of issues, starting with hair loss to crying sores. They can also cause critical anemia and can transmit bacteria and parasites, like Bartonella and tapeworms respectively.
Ticks can spread many possible fatal diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever through their feeding process.
For all the reasons above, there is only one thing you should do — get rid of them! After you check your pets, make sure you clean your yard and home. There are plenty of flea yard treatments available, or tick yard solutions, so you should proceed as soon as possible.