How to Identify Fleas & Ticks

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To identify fleas, look for a tiny, skinny insect that is less than a 16th of an inch. Ticks, on the other hand, have eight legs and can be almost a quarter-inch when fully engorged in blood. Look for fleas that are jumping, as opposed to ticks that... View Video Transcript

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Mark Govan

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Hi friends I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida and a lot of people ask us how to identify fleas and ticks? Well fleas and ticks actually are two different types of pests. Fleas are very very skinny. If you look at them head on you can hardly even see them. On the side they are probably less than a sixteenth of an inch in size versus a tick. A tick has eight legs, kind of looks like a spider if it is not engorged but once a tick actually latches on to like a pet or a person and has what we call a blood meal that tick can be almost a quarter to a half inch in size once it is fully engorged with blood. So there are big differences both between fleas and ticks and there are other differences when you are trying to control fleas and ticks because both of those methods are different as well but for identification purposes you can always know that fleas hop and ticks you will rarely ever see so hopefully that will help you distinguish between the two. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida hoping you have a pest free day.