Flea bites on humans are rarely as common (or prolific) as bites on our dogs and cats. Can fleas live on people? In human hair? What are flea bite symptoms? Why do they itch and how can we stop it?
Can fleas live on people?
Not really, but they sure can get around since one hop can carry them quite a ways. I believe the record is about 14 feet.
Think of us as a restaurant. They eat and leave once they are full. Fleas prefer carpets under furniture, other dark quiet places in the house and warm, damp shady places in the yard.
By the way, they don't live on the dog either but they'll spend more time there since they're not exposed.
I hate to admit, I know how that tickles! It may be a landing or hiding point but they won't bite your scalp. They would rather wiggle on down where your shirt meets your neck for a bite to eat.
Chances are, if you have been bitten by fleas in your own home, they are living with you. Flea bites on humans are not fun. Fleas are incredibly rude house guests, plus they multiply at an astonishing rate. To understand how they proliferate, go to Flea Lifecycle . For ways to get rid of them without toxic pesticides, read Fleas in the House .
Usually you notice an itch and scratch it absentmindedly. A few minutes later it itches again so you look at it. You find a tiny pink bump. The surrounding skin may be pink too.
There are individual reactions. Some bites are barely noticeable and stay flat, while some swell.
The more you scratch, the more it itches and the bigger it gets! A 1/8" bump can turn into an inch across with a flat top and a larger pink area around it. If you can keep from scratching, it should go away by itself but there are a few things listed at the bottom of the page to help you get over the hurdle.
I admit I come from a family of scratchers. Here's one that wasn't left alone. It's about an inch across.
Like mosquitoes, they first insert saliva to help them thin the blood for easy ingestion. It’s that saliva that causes us to itch.
Think of it as a toxin that we need to get rid of. Some of us don't notice a flea bite and some of us itch so bad, we can hardly stand it. I'm itchier than most folks and I've been known to scratch myself raw when I don't put anything on my mosquito bites. (I don't get fleas anymore since I changed my dogs to a raw diet, but the treatment is the same.)
We can get bites just about anywhere. I find fleas prefer to hide under clothes and bite where clothes are tightest. At the waistline or the lowest line of a bra, are good examples.
My husband who has rather hairy arms claims he gets more bites there. If its winter and I'm unlucky enough to be around a flea infested area, I have more clothing on so I get bites on ankles, armpits, and in the bend of the elbows and knees.
Here are a few remedies for flea bits on humans. Try any of the following or a combination (they work for mosquito bites as well).
No matter which of the above things you try, all should help relieve the itch for flea bites on humans. I think the combination of Epsom salts and vitamin C is the best cure, but use what you have in the house. The KEY is stop scratching and let it go away.
It's been my experience that when humans get flea bites in their own home or yard, they have a huge infestation because fleas prefer your pets. Most folks don't realize that those adult fleas that bite you and your dog are only 5% of your flea population. Scary!
Unless you just moved into a house full of fleas and you have no pets, I can tell you without hesitation, why you have them.
Dogs and cats on an unhealthy diet are magnets to fleas since fleas always prey on weaker animals. Instead of listening to commercials, read the information on this website and be informed. It took a long time to write it and I did it for you.
As for the 13-year-old dog in this picture with my daughter, his fleas went out with the kibble. It wasn't instant but it happened.
I don't want anyone to go through what I have. Learn from my mistakes. I thought I was doing the right thing, but I was misinformed and my pets suffered because of it.
Flea sprays, powders and heaven forbid, those flea treatments you put on the dog once a month are terrible. They are toxic and damage internal organs. At this writing there is a lawsuit against one of the makers. Don't let your dog die this way.
For a lifelong cure for flea bites on humans and dogs, change your pets to a raw meat diet or a pet food made from real human grade food.
If you must feed commercial food to your pets, be an informed pet owner. I am astounded at how many people believe commercials and put absolutely no thought into what they feed their dogs. A worthy investment for dog food comparisons is Petsumer Reports.
Or better yet, get a free raw food recipe from yours truly and check out this book about natural dog health.
If you take my advice seriously, do the work it takes to get rid of these pests without pesticides and flea meds and feed a healthy diet (preferably raw), you will never again have to worry about dog fleas or flea bites on humans.