A lot of people who are already dealing with infestations on their pets wonder: can fleas live on humans? The good news is no, dog and cat fleas can’t live on humans. The bad news is that while they might not live in you, they will have no problem feeding off of your blood!
All About Dog And Cat Fleas
It might be hard to tell as they’re so small, but there are different types of fleas out there. Two of the most common types are dog fleas and cat fleas. Generally speaking, they’re pretty interchangeable. The main point of these types of fleas is that they have adapted to living in lots of furs. Humans are relatively hairless compared to most cats and dogs, so the fleas will have a hard time living on humans.
If you are actually getting cat and dog fleas on you frequently, it means that you have a pretty large infestation on your hands. You need to start working on a solution immediately!
That being said, there are actually human fleas, but you don’t need to worry about those unless you’re living out in the countryside. If you do, the same treatment steps will apply.
Treating Flea Bites
What do flea bites look like on humans? They are little red spots surrounded by a red ring.
I haven’t been bitten by a flea before, but most insect bites have the same treatment. Also, from people I’ve talked to, flea bites ITCH - a lot!
Here’s what I recommend: First of all, I recommend washing the areas with warm water. Secondly, apply vinegar to the area. I like to use Apple Cider Vinegar because it has other health benefits if you consume it, but any old vinegar will do. I also like to use Aloe Vera because it helps remove the itch.
One other word of advice - DON’T SCRATCH IT! That’s the worst thing you can do because it will become more inflamed. Use vinegar and aloe vera to fix the issue.
Getting Rid Of The Problem
If your house is infested with these little pests, you’re probably going to end up being bitten by them. So what do you do? The first step is to start by eliminating the adults because those are the ones that are actually causing you problems.
Start by giving your pets Nitenpyram. It starts killing fleas in less than half an hour, so this will get rid of a good amount of the fleas actually giving you problems! Normally, an adult flea might hop on you if you are petting your dog or cat. This will take care of them.
Secondly, you need to start eliminating the rest of the population that’s around your house. Like always, I recommend taking a combined approach.
- Launder all of your pet’s bedding, as well as all of your own. Not only are eggs and larvae present here, but it’s likely that adult fleas are making their home in the same spots. On another positive side, you’ll also have nice, clean sheets for you and your pets to sleep in!
- Apply diatomaceous earth to darker, damper spots of your house, both inside and out. Diatomaceous earth is a dust that is comprised of shells and other fossilized matter. This natural product works by cutting into the shells of fleas and it sucks out all the liquid, killing them! It’s not dangerous to handle, but I recommend using gloves and a mask while applying it because it can also dehydrate your hands or cause lung irritation if you breathe in too much of it.
- Live in a humid area, like me? Buy a dehumidifier. Fleas really need humidity in order to live and to go through their entire life cycle, so this will be a big help. Another bonus - your house will be much cooler, and more comfortable, and your AC won’t have to work as hard, saving you money in the long run.
In conclusion - most fleas can’t live on humans, but they sure can bite and make it itch! By using aloe vera and vinegar to treat your own bites, as well as using a flea control regimen on your pet and in your house, you’ll be rid of them.