Fleas are wingless blood sucking insects which are parasitizing on mammals and even birds. Their body structures allow them to move easily through hairs or feathers on the host’s body. There are about 3,000 species of fleas but only over ten species of them attack humans.
Where fleas live
People are bitten or stung mostly by cat fleas, which can be found on their pets’ neck and belly. Cat fleas live on your pets and suck their blood for nourishment, and you can be bitten when playing with your pets. Besides, pets are not the only carriers of cat fleas, for fleas also live in some unexpected places such as the grass outdoors.
There is a kind of human fleas, however they do not live on human hair. Fleas on humans, which are feeding on human blood, usually hide themselves on carpets, blankets, mosquito nets, or furnitures, etc.
What fleas do
Fleas are not only torturing people but also plaguing animals such as cats, dogs, and other ones. Beside causing many problems, fleas can act as a vector for disease, while transmiting a variety of viral, bacterial and rickettsial diseases to people and animals.
There is one kind of fleas that transmitting bubonic plague, which is caused by Yersinia pestis bacterium. At first it occurs on wild animals such as mouses and other rodent animals, then fleas suck blood from infected ones and transmit to people by their bites.
Flea bites on human
Flea bites on human is a troublesome (Thinking about it makes me feel itching). Cat fleas bite human and leave round, red spots which are very itching and irritating. A lot of fleas bites on human can cause allergic and dermatitis, just like other mammals. The bites often appear in clusters and remain itchy for a few weeks later.
Here are some pictures of flea bites on human, that flea bites leave red spots on human skin:
How to get rid of fleas on humans
When you get flea bites, your itching and irritating feelings will make you to wish for getting rid of that source of annoyance. Here are some steps for flea bites on human treatment at home:
- At first, keep the affected area clean. Then, use antiseptic lotion or soap to wash the bites.
- Secondly, reducing swelling by applying cold compress.
- Do not scratch the affected area to avoid infection.
- Flea bites can cause deeply itchy, so that you can reduce it by using an oral dose of anti-histamine.
- If necessary, come to see a doctor for better treatment.
- The most important thing is give a total house clean up to kill all of the remaining fleas.
How to prevent fleas bites on humans
Preventing fleas on humans from spreading must be carrying out as soon as possible. With that, your diligence and patience are necessary.
- Regularly clean up your house, especially bedrooms to prevent fleas from spreading.
- Identify where fleas come from in order to prevent and remove them. Treating adult fleas alone won’t cure the root of problem, pay more attention to the rest of flea population – eggs, larvae and pupae. Kill fleas and flea larva by treating all your pets and their living spaces, as well as treating infested areas.
- Wash your carpets, blankets, mosquito nets, pillows in hot water.
- Clean all wood furniture, sofa and chairs.
- Bathing your pets regularly.
- Use a spray insectiside on pets and their living spaces.
Fleas on humans is a harmfulness that people should have knowledge about it in order to protect their health and also to protect their pets. Removing and preventing fleas from spreading is a necessary action but it requires a lot of diligence and patience. However, it does not matter for a healthy life and pure living environment. And you deserve it!