Close-up of blood sucking flea tick found on pet dog body.

21 Bugs That Look Like Fleas

Fleas are one of the most troublesome pests that can invade your pet’s fur. Not only do they cause irritation and lead to skin conditions, but they can also be tough to get rid of. Unfortunately, several bugs look like fleas, making identifying them even more difficult. 

Some of the most common bugs that look like fleas include carpet beetles, bed bugs, ticks, and springtails. These are all different species, but they all have similar characteristics to fleas that make them easy to confuse. 

To help you determine what type of pest you’re dealing with, we’ll first discuss how to identify a flea so you can decide if it’s a flea or a different kind of bug. 

Because whether you are looking for tiny brown bugs, small black bugs, tiny green bugs or bugs that look like fleas, it’s important to make sure you know what kind of pest you are dealing with before attempting to treat it.

Key Pest Points

•Carpet beetles, bed bugs, ticks, and springtails are a few of the most prevalent insects that resemble fleas. 

•Prevent pests from entering your home by keeping the area clear of debris, sealing cracks and crevices, and using screens on doors and windows. 

What Makes a Flea a Flea?

Fleas are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. They measure about 1-3mm in length and have a reddish-brown color with flat, oval bodies covered in hairs.

They also have long, tapered legs to jump around and a pair of unique mouthparts called “stylets,” which they use to pierce the skin and suck blood.

It’s easy to see how these characteristics can be confusing when identifying a bug. With that in mind, let’s look at some common bugs that look like fleas but aren’t.

1. Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetles are small, oval-shaped insects that vary in size, ranging from 1/8 to 3/16 inches in length. They are usually black or brown and may have light-colored markings on their exoskeleton.

Carpet beetles feed on various materials, including animal products such as wool, fur, feathers, and silk; plant products like cereals, pet food, spices; flowers.

These pests can cause extensive damage to carpets and other fabrics in the home due to their ability to chew through fabric fibers.

In addition to their destructive habits indoors, carpet beetle larvae can also cause damage to outdoor items such as furniture cushions and clothing stored outdoors.

Close up of a carpet beetle.

Carpet beetles rarely threaten humans or pets because they do not sting or bite. However, infestations can be annoying as these pests can move from room to room, searching for food sources.

As they feed on animal and plant matter around the home, it is important to keep areas clean to reduce their presence in your house.

Additionally, regularly vacuuming carpets and upholstered furniture is a good idea, as this can help reduce the number of larvae in those areas.

In terms of preventing carpet beetle infestations outdoors, regular maintenance is critical.

This includes mowing lawns regularly and removing debris that could provide harborage for these pests, as well as proper storage of clothing or furniture outside which could be affected by them.

Finally, several insecticides available can help control existing infestations if needed—it is essential to follow all label instructions when using these products safely and effectively.

However, to properly manage any pest infestation, it is crucial to contact a licensed pest control professional.

Size: 1/8 to 3/16 inches

Color: Solid black or black with white, brown, yellow, and orange

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Carpet beetles have a hardened outer shell and don’t bite or suck blood.

2. Bed Bugs

Bedbugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on human blood. They are oval-shaped, reddish-brown in color, and about 1/4 inch in length.

Bedbugs can be found in the cracks and crevices of furniture, behind picture frames, under mattresses, and in other places where they can hide during the day.

Bed bugs are not dangerous to humans or pets but can cause discomfort due to their bites.

The bites typically appear as red welts, which can be itchy, sometimes leading to secondary skin infections from scratching the affected area. In extreme cases, bed bug bites may lead to severe allergic reactions. 

Close up of bed bug colony on a mattress.

In addition to human blood meals, bedbugs may feed on animal blood, such as rodents or birds.

These nocturnal pests can travel up to 50 feet within a single night for a meal, and will return to their original hiding place after feeding.

On average, they take a single meal every one or two days, but this depends on the availability of food sources.

Bedbugs have been known to cause considerable damage to a person’s property. Which can be walls, carpets, or clothing, and even staining materials with their excrement or leaving behind eggs shells upon hatching.

If left untreated, infestations can multiply, causing stress and financial losses from necessary treatments such as pesticide applications or fumigation services.

It is essential for homeowners to regularly inspect for any signs of bedbug activity, such as sweat stains or fecal spots along mattress seams. Finally, it is best to contact professionals if necessary for further evaluation and treatment methods.

Size: 1/4 of an inch or less long

Color: Brown or Red if fed recently.

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Bed bugs have a flattened shape and oval body. They have short antennae and can’t jump or fly.

3. Ticks

Ticks are tiny, parasitic arachnids that sustain on the blood of their hosts, including humans and pets. They can be found in grassy or wooded areas and attach to any body part that comes into contact with vegetation.

Ticks come in various sizes, shapes, and colors, ranging from dark brown to reddish-brown. Depending on their species, they may be as small as a poppy seed or as large as a dime.

They can carry dangerous diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. So, pay close attention to your surroundings when walking through wooded or grassy areas to identify ticks.

Check for any unusual bumps on your skin after spending time outdoors. If you do find a tick on yourself or your pet, use tweezers to grasp it by its head or mouthparts and slowly pull it out in one motion without twisting it.

Close up of a single tick on a green leaf.

Be sure to keep an eye out for any rash or symptoms of illness that may develop over the next few weeks following a bite from a tick.

To prevent these problems, regularly mow the lawn at least once per week during the spring and summer months.

Trim back vegetation along fence lines and edges of lawns, and keep outdoor pets tick-free. Finally, check yourself and family members for ticks before entering your home after being outdoors.

Size: 1/4 of an inch or less long

Color: Brown or dark green if fed recently.

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Ticks have a flattened shape and are oval-shaped. They have long antennae and can’t jump.

4. Springtails

Springtails, also known as Collembola, are small hexapods measuring have elongated tails and distinctly white, yellow, or brown coloration with bristles.

The most distinguishing feature is an external springing structure, “furcula,” on the underside of the stomach. This allows them to propel themselves forward when they jump. 

While they do not bite humans or pets and are not dangerous, they can sometimes become a nuisance outdoors.

Their habit of swarming in large numbers and their ability to reproduce quickly, with some even able to lay unfertilized eggs that still make new springtails!

Close up of a single springtail on top of a green leaf.

In terms of behavior, Springtails prefer moist environments such as soil or decaying plant matter and feed primarily on fungi and bacteria found in these areas.

They reproduce rapidly, with some species being capable of producing over 150 eggs during their lifespan!

Although these pests don’t usually cause significant damage to yards or gardens, they can be a nuisance when they swarm in large numbers around water sources like swimming pools or bird baths.

It is essential to reduce their population if you see them swarming around your property.

Keep your yards free from excess moisture by avoiding overwatering plants and using proper drainage systems for standing water sources like bird baths or kiddie pools.

Additionally, ensure that all organic debris is regularly removed from your lawns and gardens so that it does not provide for these creatures!

Size: 1/4 of an inch or less

Color: Gray or black

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Springtails have a forked tail which they use to jump. They don’t bite or suck blood.

5. Booklice

Booklice are tiny insects found all around the world. They are often mistaken for termites and fleas due to their similar size, shape, and behavior.

Generally, booklice measure up to 1/4 an inch in length and have a light grayish-brown color.

They may also appear in a yellowish-white color when they are young. In addition to books, which is where they get their name from, booklice can be found in other damp places such as plants and trees with decaying wood, under bark, or in piles of debris or dirt.

Booklice will feed on mold and fungus found around the home, including in stored food products like flour and cereals.

Although they pose no serious threat to humans or pets, booklice can be a nuisance if left unchecked.

Booklice on paper at high magnification.

If a sizable population infests a person’s house or yard, they can cause aesthetic damage, such as staining wallpaper and clothing, if not dealt with properly.

Booklice reproduce quickly and lay eggs near food sources, so it is vital to keep any areas where booklice might be present clean and dry; this includes windowsills, bathrooms, basements, and attics.

To further deter them from entering your home, you should seal any cracks or crevices around doorways or windows that could provide access points.

Additionally, you should inspect items before bringing them into your home to make sure there are no signs of booklice on them.

Size: 1/4 of an inch or less

Color: Light brown or gray

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: They don’t bite or suck blood and are harmless to humans.

6. Bat Bugs

Bat bugs (from the Cimicidae family) are small, oval-shaped parasitic insects that feed on the blood of bats.

They are brownish-gray to black and can be distinguished from bed bugs by bristles on their body and an elongated head with two pointed extensions at the end.

They are typically between 4-7 millimeters in length and have a flattened shape, which helps them fit into tight spaces in their bat host’s roosts.

Bat bugs may enter homes or yards if they migrate from their natural bat habitats. They usually don’t feed on humans or pets unless there is no other available food source, so they don’t pose a direct threat to either species.

Close up of a bat bug climbing wood.

However, many bat bugs living in or around one’s home could be annoying and cause discomfort for those living inside the house.

To identify bat bug activity in one’s yard or home, it is crucial to examine potentially infested areas carefully for signs of action. This can include dark spots from waste, cast skins, and bites on humans or pets that look similar to mosquito bites.

If these signs are present, there is possibly an infestation, and you should take appropriate pest control measures. They can be controlled with chemical insecticides or baiting to remove the bugs and their eggs.

Size: Between 4-7 millimeters in length 

Color: Brown or Red if recently fed

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Bat bugs have a flattened shape and oval bodies. They are similar to bed bugs and will bite humans, but they need bats close by to survive.

7. Spider Beetles

Spider beetles are a beetle species found in homes and businesses across the United States.

These beetles can range from 1/16 – 1/8 inches long and have a rounded body shape with long legs. They come in various colors: brown, black, yellowish-brown, or reddish-brown. 

Spider beetles feed on organic material such as fabrics, grains, spices, cereals, nuts, dried fruits, and pet foods. Although spider beetles do bite, they are not known to be dangerous to humans or pets.

Close up of a spider beetle

If an infestation is suspected, it is essential to reduce the population by storing food items in airtight containers and vacuuming any evidence of these insects.

The use of insecticides may also be necessary but should only be done after consulting with a professional exterminator.

Size: 1/8 of an inch

Color: Brown or black

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Spider beetles have a hardened outer shell and don’t bite or suck blood.

8. Mites

Mites are tiny arachnids that can be difficult to identify due to their microscopic size. They measure less than 1/4 of an inch in length and lack visible eyes.

Depending on the species, their color can range from translucent cream or white to yellow, gray, red, or black.

Mites feed off other living organisms, such as insects and weeds, but can also feed off decaying organic matter. They typically live on hosts like humans or other animals like mice.

Closeup picture with a cluster of mites on the stick.

Though they might seem insignificant due to their small size and innocuous nature, mites should not be underestimated.

They can quickly become infested in homes and yards if left unchecked by proper pest management measures such as regular vacuuming. This will help with allergies by getting rid of mites and their carcasses.

Size: 1/4 of an inch or less

Color: Light brown or red if recently fed

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Mites will bite humans but don’t jump and are usually spread through contact with other hosts.

9. Flea Beetles

Flea beetles are small insects, typically measuring only 1/16 – 1/8 of an inch in length. They vary in color from black to brown to blue and can even be metallic gray or bronze colored.

The flea beetle is easily identified by its unique jumping behavior, which allows it to jump great distances when disturbed.

Flea beetles can cause significant damage to gardens if unchecked, as they multiply quickly. These pests feed on the leaves of plants, leaving behind round or oval-shaped holes.

In extreme cases, they may skeletonize a plant’s foliage, stripping away large chunks of leaf material.

Close-up flea beetle black insect with dung on leaf

Flea beetles are not dangerous to humans or pets as their jaws and mouths are too small to bite through human skin or fur.

Due to their feeding habits, they also pose a risk to plants, especially young seedlings and vegetable crops like tomatoes and eggplants.

Homeowners may notice flea beetle damage in the form of defoliation on the stems and leaves of vegetation in their yards during spring and summer months.

The best way to reduce infestations by flea beetles is by regularly inspecting garden plants, and removing any exposed larvae or adults found nearby before they can spread throughout your yard.

Additionally, mulching around vulnerable plants with straw or grass clippings will help protect them from getting damaged by flea beetle activity.

Keeping weeds mowed down is another critical step in controlling these pests and using insecticides when necessary. However, you should only do this after exhausting other natural control methods first!

Size: 1/8 of an inch

Color: Brown or black

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Flea beetles typically have a hardened outer shell and are brown or black.

10. Chiggers

Chiggers, also known as red bugs, are tiny mites around 1/150th of an inch, reddish-orange arachnids with six legs and oval-shaped bodies.

Chigger larvae are even smaller, measuring just 1/250th of an inch in size. They most commonly reside in moist, grassy, or brushy areas.

Chiggers feed on skin cells from humans and animals, so you may notice them around your pets or yourself after spending time outdoors in grassy areas.

While they may be small, chiggers can pack quite a punch; their bites can be incredibly itchy and irritating. Their bites can also cause rashes and hives.

Red chigger on a black rock background

In terms of prevention, the best thing to do is avoid areas with a high concentration of chiggers, like overgrown fields and grassy meadows.

If you get bitten by a chigger, use cool compresses on the site and take antihistamines to reduce itching and swelling. Finally, clothing containing permethrin (an insecticide) may protect against infestations.

Size: 1/150 of an inch or smaller

Color: Red

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Chiggers are much smaller than fleas. They will bite humans and can cause itching, but they don’t suck blood.

11. Midges

Midges, or biting midges, are small but pesky insects that can cause a great deal of discomfort for humans and pets. They can be identified by their tiny size, usually less than 1/8 inch long, with dark coloring.

The color may vary from a light grayish to black, with banded wings and distinctively long antennae.

These insects are often found near water sources, such as swamps, marshes, ponds, lakes, and even the beach.

Their behavior is quite active, as they swarm in large numbers at dusk when it’s warm outside. They also tend to be attracted to lights and other sources of carbon dioxide.

A non biting midge female on a white background.

This means that if you have an outdoor light or live near a swampy area, you may have an infestation of midges on your hands!

While they bite, their saliva does not contain any toxic substances, and the most severe reaction one might experience would be temporary itching or burning.

Aside from bites, midges can also cause significant crop damage if left unchecked; they feed on fruits and vegetables, which can ruin entire crops if not taken care of quickly enough.

Therefore it is essential to take caution when dealing with these insects to ensure the safety of your surroundings.

Size: 1/8 inch long

Color: Gray

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Midges will bite humans but don’t suck blood. They are also attracted to light and can fly.

12. Firebrats

Firebrats are small, pale-brown insects with long, slender antennae and three dark stripes located behind their heads.

They may be identified by their flattened body shape and three dark lines in the back of their head, in addition to the silver hairs covering the sides of their bodies.

These pests prefer warm, humid conditions, so they are commonly found in homes near boilers, hot water piping, and other warm areas. They are also known to inhabit buildings that lack good ventilation. 

Close up of a firebrat with a white background

Regarding behavior, firebrats are omnivorous scavengers that feed on various materials, including paper products, starchy foods such as cereal, flour, oats, dead insects, and other organic matter.

Fortunately for humans and pets alike, firebrats do not bite or sting. Still, they can be a nuisance, as they reproduce quickly in favorable conditions and can cause damage to yards if left unchecked. 

To prevent infestations, homeowners should inspect stored food items regularly while keeping pantries clean and dry.

Seal cracks and crevices around windows and doors, eliminate stagnant water sources, and use proper ventilation.

Size: 1/2 an inch long

Color: Silver-Gray or brown

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Firebrats are larger than fleas and don’t feed on humans.

13. Silverfish

Silverfish are small, silvery-grey insects that often measure about 1/2 to 3/4 inches long. They have a teardrop-shaped body with three long antennae, and their bodies are usually flattened from side to side.

Silverfish are typically active at night and prefer dark, moist places such as basements, closets, and bathrooms.

They eat carbohydrates like cereals, starches, and sugars found in books, wallpaper paste, and clothing.

Silverfish sitting on wood, extreme close up

Silverfish do not pose any direct danger to humans or pets but may cause damage to a person’s yard if they find a good food source.

Their abdomens are shaped like a carrot, while the head is triangular with two large eyes on either side and three long antennae protruding from it.

These insects move very quickly in jerky motions leaving behind tiny scales – these scales can be seen inside cupboards where silverfish have been active.

Silverfish have powerful mandibles that can chew through materials such as paper products, fabrics, adhesives, and book bindings – so if you find holes in these items around your home, silverfish could be the culprits!

They reproduce quickly enough to create an infestation, so taking preventative action is essential if you think silverfish have been invading your home environment or yard.

Size: 1/2 to 3/4 an inch long

Color: Silver

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Silverfish don’t bite, and they also don’t suck blood. They feed on carbohydrates, not human or animal blood.

14. Pill Bugs

Pill bugs, also known as “roly-polys,” are small, nocturnal arthropods that belong to the Order Isopoda. They get their name from their ability to curl up into a ball when disturbed.

These creatures are covered in a hard shell composed of seven separate plates ranging from grey to brownish-black.

Although pill bugs are not dangerous to humans or pets, they can be unwelcome guests in any yard.

They prefer moist environments, so they may be found near compost piles and flower beds where the soil is kept moist by frequent watering or rain.

Pill bugs may enter homes through cracks in the foundation or around doors and windows if they become dry outside.

Close view of an upside down pill bug on the ground.

Once inside, they feed on decaying plant material and may become a nuisance if left unchecked.

In terms of causing damage to yards, pill bugs can eat young seedlings and roots of plants, leaving them vulnerable to disease and other pests.

To prevent this from happening, it’s essential to regularly monitor your yard for signs of an infestation and take steps to eliminate any potential sources of food for them, such as keeping compost piles away from the house.

Size: Adults can be 8.5 to 18 mm in length 

Color: Gray or brown

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Pill bugs can roll into a ball and are larger than fleas.

15. Stink Bugs

Stink bugs, scientifically known as Pentatomidae, are insects their shield-shaped body can identify. They are typically drably colored with mottled yellowish-brown or gray markings on their backs.

Adults average about 5/8-inch in length and have a distinct foul odor when threatened or crushed, hence the name stink bug.

Their behavior is predominantly nocturnal, and they enjoy resting on various plants and trees during the day.

They feed primarily on plant matter such as fruits, leaves, stems, and other vegetation found in gardens and yards.

Close up of stink bug on top of a green leaf.

In addition to plants, they are also known to feed on other insects, making them a beneficial species for controlling pests in agricultural settings.

These bugs can cause problems for homeowners if there is an infestation of them around your property because they can cause damage to garden vegetables, fruits, flowers, and foliage.

Stink bugs reproduce quickly, so it’s essential to identify them early if you notice any in your yard or home to prevent further damage.

Fortunately, pest control methods such as trapping or sticky traps exist for removing large populations of stink bugs from your home and yard.

Size: 5/8-inch in length

Color: Brown, green, or black

Location: Asia, Europe, and North America

Difference from fleas: Stink bugs don’t bite or suck blood. They usually feed on plants or other insects.

16. Carpet Moths

Carpet Moths are small moths commonly found in carpets, rugs, and other fabrics. They have a 4-7mm wingspan, usually rusty-brown, with darker stripes running across their bodies.

Carpet moths will lay their eggs in dark places, so they can be difficult to spot; often, signs of infestations include damaged fabric fibers or tiny moth larvae on the surface of the carpet.

Regarding behavior, carpet moths will generally attempt to remain hidden during the day and become active at night as they search for food sources.

Their primary source is animal fiber, such as wool and fur, but they may feed on organic debris like pollen and dust particles.

Close up of a carpet moth on a dark background

Carpet moths do not pose any danger to humans or pets but can cause severe damage to your yard if left unchecked, as they can feed on natural fabrics like silk or cotton.

This damage can be identified by signs such as holes in fabric materials or patches of discoloration due to insect activity.

To prevent infestations from occurring, it is important to keep carpets clean and free from dust and debris, which will act as food sources for these pests.

Vacuuming regularly reduces numbers significantly. However, professional pest control services may be necessary if the problem persists.

Size: 4-7mm wingspan

Color: Patchy white, brown and black

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Carpet moths do not feed on blood and are much larger than fleas. They can also fly, unlike fleas.

17. Confused Flour Beetle

The Confused Flour Beetle is a small, reddish-brown beetle that is a common pest of stored grain and flour products.

Measuring 1/8 of an inch long, this insect has an elongated body with six legs and antennae that extend slightly beyond its head.

Two distinct ridges can identify the confused flour beetle on its thorax and four clubbed segments on its antennae.

These beetles are usually found in stored grain products such as flour and cereal, where they tend to feed on the grains before mating and to lay their eggs.

Once hatched out of their egg sacs, larvae will feed on the grains until they become adults, at which point they will continue the cycle of mating and egg-laying.

Close up of a confused flour beetle on top of a single grain with a white background.

While not dangerous to humans or pets, these infestations can destroy pantries or kitchens where food supplies are kept.

In addition to being destructive pests in pantries and kitchens, Confused Flour Beetles can also cause damage to yards or gardens if their numbers become large enough.

They are known for eating seedlings or other young plants, leaving them stunted or dead in severe cases.

To avoid infestation, keep a clean environment around food sources and regularly dispose of plants killed or debris.

Size: 1/8 of an inch long

Color: Reddish-brown

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Confused flour beetles don’t bite or suck blood; they feed on stored food, not humans or animals. They are also larger than fleas.

18. Grasshoppers and Crickets

Grasshoppers and crickets are both commonly found insects in the United States. To identify which of the two you may have, it is essential to note some key differences.

Grasshoppers typically have short antennae, relatively large eyes, and thicker wings than a typical cricket.

Close up of a green grasshopper on grass.

They also tend to jump rather than fly when disturbed, making them easier to spot in your yard.

The most common colors for grasshoppers range from light green to dark brown, but they can also be brightly colored or patterned with stripes or spots.

In comparison, crickets have longer antennae that are usually thicker at the base and tend to move slower than grasshoppers when disturbed.

They have an oval-shaped body, and their hind legs are highly adapted for jumping, which is how they get around quickly if threatened by predators.

Close up of two field crickets in the outdoors.

Crickets are typically identified by their chirping sound and color, ranging from black to red-brown and sometimes even yellowish-brown or grey.

Neither grasshoppers nor crickets present any danger to humans or pets so long as they are not handled directly.

However, they can cause damage to a person’s yard if populations become too great due to their insatiable appetite for plants.

To prevent this kind of damage, it is essential to keep an eye on the levels of both grasshopper and cricket populations in your garden without excessive use of pesticides since both species play a necessary part in pollination by aiding in seed dispersal.

Size: Crickets can grow 0.12 to 2 inches long, and grasshoppers are around 1 to 7 cm long

Color: Green, brown or yellowish-brown

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Grasshoppers can fly and jump. Crickets can jump and make chirping noises, unlike fleas. They also feed on plants, not blood.

19. Froghopper

Froghoppers, also known as spittlebugs, are tiny insects less than 0.6 inches long. They are typically green or tan in color and known for the ‘spittle’ (foam-like protective material) they secrete when disturbed.

The spittle combines air bubbles and sugary liquid that protects predators while they feed on plants.

Unlike other garden pests, froghopper damage is not usually severe and does not cause lasting harm.

To identify a froghopper, look for its distinctive spittle on plant stems or leaves. Another way to identify them is by examining their hind legs, jointed like a frog’s, so they can jump great distances!

Close up of froghopper on a green stem.

While they do not feed on humans or pets, if handled carelessly, froghoppers may be capable of biting humans; however, this is rare.

Regarding potential damage to yards, froghoppers feed on the sap of plants. Still, their feeding rarely causes lasting harm since they only provide for a short period before moving on to other plants in search of new food sources.

The best method for controlling these pests is maintaining healthy lawns and gardens by providing adequate water and fertilizer while keeping weeds and debris away from plants where froghoppers tend to hide during the day.

Size: Less than 0.6 inches long

Color: Green, black or brown

Location: North and Central America

Difference from fleas: Froghoppers do not bite or suck blood and feed on plant sap, unlike fleas. They can also jump or fly away when disturbed.

20. Drugstore Beetles

Drugstore beetles are small and slender beetles that can be identified by their shiny bodies, which are reddish-brown to mahogany in color.

The larvae of this beetle are ivory to light yellow and can be found feeding on various dried plant materials, including cardboard, drugs, spices, and tobacco. These beetles may also infest cereal products such as flour and other grains.

These beetles cause damage to items within a person’s home, such as books, fabrics, furniture, stuffed animals, and food containers, as they feed on these items.

They may also cause damage outside by attacking woody plants if given access to them. Homeowners or property owners must inspect areas where you may store these items.

Closeup of a drugstore beetle on a piece of bread.

As with other types of insects, the best way to prevent an infestation of drugstore beetles is by practicing proper sanitation techniques, such as keeping food tightly sealed in airtight containers and regularly cleaning up debris around the home or yard that might attract these pests.

If you do suspect an infestation, it is recommended that you contact a professional pest management service right away so that they can assess the situation and provide recommendations for control measures such as insecticides or insect traps.

Size: 1/10 to 1/7 inch long 

Color: Brown or reddish-brown

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Drugstore beetles don’t bite or suck blood; they feed on stored food, not humans or animals.

21. Clover Mites

Clover mites are tiny, dark red arachnids that typically feed on grasses and clover in yards. They can be identified by their bright red color, resulting from their high concentration of hemoglobin in their blood.

These mites have four pairs of legs and crawl around quickly when disturbed. Clover mites are most commonly found around homes during springtime when they emerge from the soil to find food sources such as grass and clover.

The mites will often leave behind a reddish stain on walls or furniture due to the coloring of their bodies when crushed.

Close up of a clover mite on a rock

Additionally, large numbers of clover mites can damage lawns by consuming the vegetation and leaving behind yellowish spots where the grass has been killed off.

To prevent an infestation of clover mites around the home, it’s important to keep vegetation trimmed away from your home’s walls or foundations, where these pests can easily access your home or yard.

If an infestation is already present inside your home, using a vacuum cleaner to remove any visible signs would eliminate them without requiring any chemicals or pest control treatments.

Size: Around 1/30 inch long 

Color: Reddish or greenish

Location: Worldwide

Difference from fleas: Clover mites are much smaller than fleas and feed on plant material, not blood. They can also move quickly when disturbed.

Tips for Getting Rid of Bugs That Look Like Fleas

Finding the right solution to eliminate bugs that look like fleas can be challenging. Some steps you should take include:

Clean Regularly

The best way to eliminate bugs that look like fleas is to vacuum regularly and thoroughly wash all sheets, blankets, and other fabric items that may have come in contact with the pests.

Apply Insecticides

If vacuuming is not enough to eliminate bugs that look like fleas, insecticide treatments should be applied to affected areas. Make sure to follow the directions on the product label carefully.

Use Scent Repellents

Some smells repel fleas, such as the scent of citronella or peppermint. Place a few drops of essential oil in water and spray it near areas where fleas may be found. You can also use cedar chips or garlic to repel fleas. However, these methods may not work if the infestation is severe.

Call a Professional

If the infestation is severe, it may be best to call an exterminator. A professional pest control company can determine the type of bug and recommend the most effective treatment methods.

You can take these steps to get rid of bugs that look like fleas. By following these tips and taking preventive measures, you can help minimize the risk of infestation.

Remember—if you’re dealing with an ongoing pest problem, it’s always best to contact a professional exterminator to ensure the issue is addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible.


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