Difference between Tick and Fleas

Ticks and fleas tend to feed off the same hosts, and they’re found in many of the same places. There are some differences between them through which are as below;

A flea is an insect which has six legs where as a tick is an arachnid with eight legs like a spider. Ticks dig its face into the skin and stay in one place sucking blood where as fleas suck blood and move to suck more blood. A tick swell up with blood twenty times its original size then drops off but fleas stay on the host until something kills them. They breed there and take up residence in the same place. Fleas can jump about a foot and move fast while ticks can do neither. The body shape of the flea is different from that of a tick.

The symptoms in fleas are scratching and licking the fur, red and irritated skin and the pet can experience loss of hair; the ticks, on the other hand, transmit diseases like Lyme which can be passed to humans. When you brush rub or brush your pet’s back over a white piece of paper you will notice flea feces which has blood and if there are fleas on your pet, brownish-red flakes will be noticeable on the white paper after brushing him; the ticks symptoms may not be obvious but your pet can have fever, vomiting or sore joints.

Fleas carry tapeworms, so it is important for your pet to be checked for weight loss by a veterinarian; as for the ticks use gloves or tweezers to remove them and then wrap it up in a toilet paper and flush it.

It is very important to remove the ticks properly. Some of the ways are by using sharp pointed tweezers, or you can get specially made tick tweezers. You grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible, if you squeeze the body or head, you risk compressing the guts and salivary glands and expelling even more organisms through their mouth into your body.

Remember also not to twist the tick or turn the tweezers as you pull out the tick. It is important to pull out straight with a slow, steady motion because twisting may result in the head or more of the mouthparts being left in your body and then gently pull the tick straight out until its mouth lets go of your skin.

Avoid applying any substances like alcohol or nail polish, no petroleum jelly or other ointments to remove the tick.

When you do manage to pull the tick out, you must do the following next;

Dispose of the tick by either crushing it inside the newspaper or by putting it down the sink or toilet and covering it with bleach. Clean and disinfect the wound by smearing it with antiseptic cream.

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