Know the Difference Between Fleas & Tick and Silverfish & Earwigs

Some bugs share similar features, so it might be tricky to distinguish them at a glance—especially when they run away or hide. You might find it difficult to identify a flea from a tick or a silverfish from an earwig. After all, both fleas and ticks are tiny and feed on human hosts, and silverfish and earwigs each have appendages that stick out from their abdomen.

So if you find any of these four bugs in your Los Angeles County home, you’ll want to know how to recognize which is which. Here, we’ll tell you the differences between each of these pests, the harm they can cause, and how to get rid of them.

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are six-legged insects that live on one host, like a dog or cat. A flea generally lives less than a year, but during that time, the flea lays hundreds of eggs in its host’s fur or hair. The flea’s eggs eventually shake off of its resting place and settle all over your home.

Bites from these pests cause itchy red marks, and fleas can spread harmful parasites, like round worm, to your pets. Adult flea removal involves animal-safe pesticides and veterinarian assistance. However, flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are more difficult to remove, and typically require the aid of a pest control specialist.

Ticks, on the other hand, have eight legs—like spiders and scorpions. Unlike fleas, they switch hosts frequently and often feed on humans and animals. Additionally, ticks spend most of their time off of their hosts.

These critters carry various diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, so if you find a tick on your body, follow the CDC’s guidelines for tick removal.

Silverfish and Earwigs

Silverfish are small, wingless insects whose fish-like movements and silver sheen gave them their name. They possess three antennae-like appendages on the tip of their abdomen. You can find silverfish in dark, moist areas of your home.

While silverfish don’t carry diseases or bite, they do cause damage to clothing, books, paper-products, and tapestries. Homeowners can rid their homes of these pests by cleaning and removing excessive clutter. An appropriate pesticide from a pest control specialist will also eliminate them.

Earwigs, like silverfish, have appendages on their abdomen, but these attachments form a pincer. Earwigs generally stay outside in your yard, and they love to hide inside objects or under leaves and debris.

Despite what the rumors say, earwigs do not climb in your ears more than any other insect. Earwigs actually provide many benefits for your yard, such as eating other pests and decaying vegetation.

If you do want to remove them, consider a mechanical trap. Since earwigs are difficult to control with pesticides, place a damp, rolled up newspaper in your yard. This moist area lures the earwigs into a damp hiding place, and you can then dispose of them as you wish.

If you live in Los Angeles County and have any additional questions about flea or tick removal, call us today at 877-52-GREEN