What are the main differences between fleas and ticks?

While it’s true that fleas and ticks are both pesky little parasites, they are quite different.

While it's true that fleas and ticks are both pesky little parasites, they are quite different. In addition to using products like Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collars , it's important to understand the difference between the two pests for the purpose of protecting your pup.

According to Pet Guide, fleas have a habit of sticking to just one host for their entire lifespan, unlike ticks who enjoy moving from host to host. The source also reported a difference in climate preference. Fleas enjoy a warmer climate and are more likely to remain indoors, while ticks prefer colder temperatures. However, that doesn't necessarily mean ticks aren't found in warm weather as well.

Cesar's Way pointed out another major difference in the number of eggs each parasite lays. Fleas tend to only lay 20 to 40 eggs every several weeks, but ticks can lay up to 1,000 at once. You should also take note of the harmful diseases each species is capable of carrying. Fleas are more likely to carry diseases such as tapeworm or bartonellosis. Ticks, on the other hand, can potentially infect their hosts with Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. 

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