Fleas are among the peskiest pests and can be quite challenging to eliminate. However, if you don’t have pets, you may be wondering if fleas can still infest your home and use you as a substitute host.
Fleas cannot reproduce on human blood. Although fleas instinctively bite human beings, they cannot infest us as long-term hosts since they need the blood from specific animals such as cats and dogs to survive. As a general rule, they need to feast on blood for a few hours to be able to reproduce.
In the rest of this article, I will explore scenarios related to this question. I’ll tell you more about how long fleas can live on humans, if fleas can bite humans, the areas where you’re likely to be bitten, and how to exterminate them.
How Long Can Fleas Live on Humans?
Suppose you’re concerned about having come in contact with fleas. In that case, it’s only natural to worry about how long they could potentially live on you. However, you don’t have much to worry about in most cases.
Fleas can live on humans for around four months. However, fleas will avoid feeding on humans. Fleas, like most parasites, depend heavily on favorable living conditions and appropriate hosts. Our relative hairlessness and quick reflexes ensure that we don’t make the cut.
Fleas tend to burrow into the host animal’s fur and latch on to the skin in areas where it’s hard for the animal to scratch them off. Human beings have a more comprehensive range of motion than most in the animal kingdom and thus, aren’t the best suited to be chosen as hosts.
There have been no known flea infestations where human beings were long-term hosts. However, flea bites can be a common but relatively risk-free problem.
Can Fleas Bite Humans?
An insect bite can cause you to panic. In this case, your best course of action is to relax and evaluate whether or not you even need to address it.
Fleas can bite humans. A flea bite can exhibit a variety of common symptoms like the development of small, itchy red clusters on the site or even a hive-like rash. Usually, the symptoms are no more extreme than a mosquito bite.
Often, flea bites do not require any medical intervention and go away on their own. However, they can sometimes cause small red bumps and blisters. It is best to avoid scratching at the bite site. If the problem persists, perhaps consider antihistamines or over-the-counter itch relieving creams.
Fleas don’t have wings and can only get around by jumping. Although they’re the Olympic jumpers of the parasite world, they can only get so far on human beings. According to research regarding flea bites, the most common bite sites happen to be the:
Those who’ve come in contact with an infested pet might see flea bites on the arms and hands. In rare circumstances, fleas can burrow into the clothes and find their way to other sites such as:
Different skin folds
Can Fleas Lay Eggs on Human Skin?
Another topic of significant concern is fleas’ egg-laying habits. So you’ve confirmed that a flea has bitten you. What next? Can it lay its eggs on you and multiply?
Fleas can lay eggs on human skin. Fleas can lay eggs on any host’s skin, but the eggs do not stay on the site. The egg’s surface is entirely smooth, causing it to slip and fall off the host.
According to a research study, flea eggs mostly fall off their hosts. So, you don’t need to worry about fleas constantly living and breeding on your skin.
You might now wonder where the egg goes once it falls off. Depending on the area of infestation, you’re likely to find most eggs indoors in pet bedding, rugs, carpets, or sofas and outdoors, in the soil.
How to Get Rid of Fleas
Getting the flea off you is only the first part of the equation. Even though flea bites aren’t usually a cause for an emergency, they can recur and be a considerable annoyance. In cases where you have an infected pet or home, you’re only likely to overcome the infestation if you handle it appropriately because fleas are tiny but mighty.
How to Handle an Infested Home
Having your house infested is a nightmare and a half. Fleas can be tough to eradicate, but with proper management, it is still possible to get rid of them.
First, identify the problem areas in your house. If you have a pet, remove and clean (very thoroughly) any bedding, toys, or play mats. Dipping any flea-infested objects in hot water and detergent solution is best.
Ensure that all fabric-laden furniture like sofas, chairs, ottomans, etcetera is, at the very least, routinely vacuumed and preferably washed or professionally treated.
If you choose to vacuum your furniture (and carpets), make sure to dump the contents of the vacuum in a sealed bag, far away from your house. This debris is more likely to host mature fleas, cocoons, and flea eggs.
If you can, try and use a pet-friendly pesticide in the problem areas of your home. These pesticides give you better odds of beating stubborn flea pupae and reducing their numbers before they hatch.
Suppose a combination of regular cleaning and pesticides does not work. In that case, it would be best to consider calling an exterminator.
Fleas can be plenty and plenty annoying! Though they can bite anyone, fleas are less likely to stick around if you don’t have pets.
Regardless, they don’t pose serious health threats in most cases. If caught early on, you can eradicate an infestation without much effort. The risks are minimal even when you get bitten, so try not to overthink it.
If your eradication expedition doesn’t work, modern extermination techniques are very successful at removing fleas. You can always call in the big guns!
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