Because they are arachnids, not insects, ticks most closely resemble other arachnids, such as pseudoscorpions or spiders with rounded abdomens. However, some insects, such as beetles, also resemble ticks..Know More
Pseudoscorpions look like ticks with have large, crab-like pincers. Although the tiny arachnids have venom glands in these appendages, they are far too small to harm humans. A variety of spider species resemble ticks, except that ticks lack the large pedipalps that spiders possess. Pedipalps are the set of appendages located near the faces of spiders.
Insects with appearances similar to ticks include shield bugs, stinkbugs and assassin bugs. These insects have large abdomens, which may be mistaken for the abdomen of a tick. Stinkbugs and shield bugs are completely harmless, but assassin bugs inflict a painful bite. In rare cases, assassin bugs can transmit Chagas’ disease.
Like all arachnids, ticks possess eight legs. The first step to identifying a tick is to count its legs. If the animal has six legs, it is some type of insect. Additionally, ticks lack antennae and possess two body parts, while most insects have three. There are hard ticks and soft ticks. Unfed hard ticks resemble flat seeds while soft ticks have the appearance of raisins.Learn more about Fleas & Bedbugs
Ticks can live and feed on humans, mammals, reptiles, birds and even frogs, according to Clemson University. The larva of a tick will find a host and begin feeding until it is full, at which time it will either fall off or continue living on the host.Full Answer >
Bedbug adults are about 1/4 inch long and equally wide; they become plump after feeding. The first-stage nymphs are about 1/16 inch long and go through five stages to reach adulthood.Full Answer >
Adult bed bugs grow to between 4 to 5 millimeters in length and 2 to 3 millimeters wide, which is about the size of a small grain of rice. They are oval shaped and brown in color, though bugs that have recently fed have translucent red abdomens.Full Answer >
Bed bugs develop from eggs into larvae and then adults in about one month, but they may also spend several months as larvae. The larvae require blood meals in order to shed their exoskeletons, a process called molting, and enter the next of the five stages of larval development.Full Answer >