Do you know that fleas can bite humans, too? Most people don’t realize that untreated animals can pass their fleas onto every person in the house. The fleas lay eggs everywhere and the larvae hatch, quickly looking for a food source. If your pet isn’t nearby, you could be the next best thing.
What Does a Flea Bite Look Like?
Flea bites produce small, red spots surrounded by pinkish-red halos. They can be extremely annoying and itchy, making your life miserable. Fleas like to feast on your legs and feet as much as they like your pet’s warm, furry body. There are very few species that prefer to nest in human hair, but if they start there, they will travel to another warm part of your body or to an animal that the particular species prefers, using you as a carrier. When fleas are in the house, neither you nor your pet will be comfortable.
Can Fleas Be Dangerous for People?
Fleas really are not dangerous. They are, rather, more of an irritant and nuisance. But they do carry bacteria and their young will hatch in your furniture, bedding, carpeting and clothing.
Additionally, some fleas transmit tapeworms. If you think you may have fleas in your house, be sure to treat all of your pets with a flea repellent and call a professional exterminator to learn about the best way to treat your home.
How Do You Treat Flea Bites?*
The most important thing to do is to not scratch them. This will keep any infection from spreading and help your bites heal faster.
So, what makes flea bites itch? This is due to the flea’s saliva getting under your skin. To relieve the itching, apply rubbing alcohol, calamine lotion, tea tree oil or vinegar. Don’t scrub the bites; wash them gently and apply one of the treatments mentioned with a soft cotton ball. Ice will also help relieve swelling and itching temporarily.
How Do You Get Rid of Fleas?
If you have fleas in your house, most likely they have spread out all over and are not concentrated in one area or room. Unlike ants that congregate in the kitchen, fleas prefer warm parts of your body and animal or human blood. Pets that roam the house and yard are perfect carriers and help spread to creatures around. So, it’s important to treat the source of the fleas (your pet) and the infestations of eggs around the house.
Immediately prior to treatment, you need to perform a very thorough vacuuming of your house and then empty your vacuum and dispose of the accumulation. Additionally, pet bedding needs to be thrown out while human bedding and blankets need to be thoroughly washed immediately prior to treatment so that they are not re-infested before treatment.
Most over-the-counter types of treatments do not work in the long run because they don’t treat the eggs. We inspect your home and treat the infested areas with treatments or other products that keep the larvae from developing into adults. We will:
- Identify the species for targeted treatment
- Check for rodents (flea carriers) that may have gotten into your home
- Apply the appropriate treatment to kill eggs and larvae
- Schedule a follow-up visit, if necessary
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Understanding where fleas are hiding in your home is the first step toward dealing with the issue. Eliminating them may require a professional touch.
We have the knowledge and experience you need to get rid of fleas quickly and effectively. Contact us today for a free, on-site estimate soon.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding insect bites and reactions. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this website.