Both humans and pets are at risk of flea bites, which can be painful and itchy. These pests carry other diseases. Read on to know more about flea bites symptoms, and the treatment options available.
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are small insects that are quarter an inch in length. They have long hind legs that allow them to jump. The tiny bugs have a light brown color, though some are black. Fleas multiply if you have pets.
These pests prefer to live on your pets, but they can also live in bedding, carpets, or your yard. You’ll notice tiny bugs on your sheets or after walking on your carpet.
What do Flea bites Look Like?
Flea bites appear like red, small bumps in a straight line or clusters. They are smaller than mosquito bites. Fleas like to bite around the armpits, waist, legs, or in the folds of the knees and elbows.
Symptoms of a Flea bite
- Flea bites symptoms include:
- A rash near the bite site
- Pain or soreness around the biteFurther damage can occur with frequent scratching. That could cause a bacterial infection.
Complications from Flea bites
You may experience an allergic reaction or a secondary infection from flea bites. If you experience difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, or nausea, you should seek medical attention.
Sometimes fleas carry diseases that they can transmit to humans through bites such as typhus, plague, and flea-borne fever.
These bites can also cause complications in pets like anemia and allergic reactions. That’s why you should take your pets to a vet if they have fleas.
Flea Bites Treatment
Flea bites can be treated in two ways. Flea bites on humans treatment that addresses the symptoms, and the other is a treatment that addresses the histamine reaction.
An antihistamine cream and spray can help get rid of an itch caused by flea bites. Itch relief creams can also help relieve itching in both children and adults. The doctor may prescribe an oral antihistamine if the itching is intense.
Tips on Removing Fleas
You can get rid of fleas for good by treating your pets and treating your house. If you notice frequent scratching on your pets, this may be a sign of fleas. Talk to your veterinarian for advice on treatment. Ensure that you clean your carpets, beddings, and every corner of the house where fleas may hide. If you suspect a flea infestation, contact a pest control company immediately to eliminate these pests.
Some questions on flea bites include:
How Long do Flea Bites Last?
Flea bites should disappear within a week for people who react to the bite. Individuals that haven’t reacted will have the bite gone in two days.
What Do Flea Bites Look Like?
Flea bites look like a tiny red bump that surrounded by a patch of inflamed skin.
More information about flea bites
Why do fleas bite ankles?
Fleas bite ankles and the lower legs mainly because they jump onto you from the ground. As soon as they realize that they have found a suitable source of food, they settle and feed. The ankles are warm, and the blood vessels are close to the surface, which is the perfect feeding environment for fleas. If you have an infestation that you have not been able to get rid of, call in the experts from Pest Guide.
Do fleas bite humans at night?
Fleas do bite humans at night. They are largely nocturnal, so that is when they move around and feed. Although, if you disturb them during the day, they will jump. If you believe you have been bitten by fleas, first check out the pictures we provide on the Pest Guide website. There is a chance that the bites are in fact from bed bugs, which also attack mostly at night. You do not want to use the wrong infestation treatment.
How do you keep fleas off me while I sleep?
It is practically impossible to keep fleas off you while you sleep. Once they have landed on an exposed part of your body, they will find a spot and feed. Wearing socks and pyjamas with tight cuffs that also cover your entire body will help. But if they are very thin and hug your skin fleas can bite right through them. You can hire a professional pest control team like Pest Guide to eliminate them.