Flea Bites on Humans: Symptoms and Treatment

Updated on June 20, 2018
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Belinda is a writer and dog lover who, unfortunately, has plenty of experience with flea bites.

Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) | Source

Fleas are wingless, blood-sucking parasites that are notorious for the irritation they cause us and our pets. Even though fleas are typically more interested in our furry friends than people, flea bites on humans are not uncommon. It's a fairly accepted fact that if you're a pet owner, you're probably going to experience a flea bite at some point in time.

Of course, people who don't own pets are not completely safe from the attentions of this small parasite either. Fleas are surprisingly hardy creatures, especially in their pupae stage, when they can survive in harsh environments for long durations without any food. It's a common horror story amongst new homeowners to be suddenly attacked by a horde of fleas. The returned presence of warm-blooded prey stimulate fleas to hatch from their protective cocoons for a meal, and all this can occur without a dog in sight.

So how can you tell whether you're the main course for this notorious little blood-sucker? Continue reading to learn about the symptoms of a flea bite, how to treat it, and more.

What Do Flea Bites on Humans Look Like?

Flea bites on human skin appear as red dots surrounded by reddish halos. There are often multiple flea bites in one area, and they do not follow an organized pattern or structure. Instead, they are scattered about randomly.

Can a Flea Be Seen by the Human Eye?

Yes, a flea can be seen by the human eye, but not without difficulty. They are reddish-brown, and usually about 1/4 inch in length. They can move about very quickly and can jump up to six feet, although they cannot fly. Usually, by the time you register that a flea is on you, it has already jumped off. If you are able to catch one, try to squish it. Since fleas have hard-bodies, they are hard to kill by squishing. If you are able to squish the bug, it may be a bed bug or something else.

Flea bites are commonly mistaken for bed bug bites, and vice versa. While sometimes challenging to determine, it is important to know the identity of your attacker. See the table below for the differences between flea bites and bed bug bites.

Flea Bites vs. Bed Bug Bites

Flea
Bed Bug
Bites look like small clusters of red spots.
Bites look like mosquito bites. They are red, firm, and sometimes swollen.
Bites are scattered about randomly, and are usually found on the legs, ankles, or feet.
Bites often appear in linear rows, and can be found anywhere on the body.
Bites may occur at night, but are more likely to occur when in close proximity to furniture or pets.
Bites usually occur at night when you are sleeping in your bed (hence the name).
Bites start to itch immediately and will become red within an hour of being bitten.
Bites may take several days to appear, and begin to itch gradually.

Symptoms of Flea Bites on Humans

Below is a list of symptoms you can expect to see or feel after being bitten by a flea.

  • Flea bites are extremely itchy and can cause great discomfort.
  • The bites are typically focused around the feet and lower legs, as fleas tend to live in carpets and floorboards. It also isn't uncommon to experience flea bites on other areas of the body, particularly around your mid-section.
  • If you are allergic or have a hypersensitive reaction to the flea bites, large welts may form that are painful and hot to the touch.
  • Flea bites are easily infected, as scratching can introduce nasty bacteria into the open sores. Infected flea bites become painful, red, pussy, and swollen.
  • Flea bites may cause hives.

Flea bites on the lower leg.
Flea bites on the lower leg. | Source

How Do You Treat Flea Bites on Humans?

While there is no step-by-step method for treating flea bites on human skin, there are several things you can do to treat an area of skin that has been affected.

Also, make sure the marks on your skin are, in fact, flea bites. They can sometimes look similar to mosquito bites, heat rash, bed bug bites, or a number of other skin ailments. If you haven't actually seen any fleas jumping around your home, yet you still have what seem to be flea bites, a trip to the doctor or pharmacist may be in order.

Flea Bite Treatments

  • Wash the affected area to reduce the chance of infection
  • Despite the urge, do not scratch flea bites. Fleas defecate as they feed, which means that every flea bite is surrounded by nasty bacteria. Not only does scratching irritate the skin surface, but you risk introducing some of this bacteria into your skin, leading to infection.
  • Wrap an ice pack around the bitten skin. This will reduce swelling and numb the skin, making it easier to avoid scratching.
  • Witch hazel can help with itchiness.
  • Oral antihistamine will help reduce itchiness while also lessening the chance of an allergic reaction.
  • Topical antihistamines, antibacterials, and other soothing lotions (such as aloe vera) will help soothe and cleanse the skin so as to reduce redness, swelling, and the chance of infection.
  • Tepid baths with an oatmeal solution, which can be found at chemists and health stores, will soothe your skin. (Note: Avoid hot showers. Hot water can make the itching worse.)

Can a Flea Bite Harm a Human?

Aside from the possibility of an infection or allergic reaction, itchiness and redness is usually the worst one can expect after being bitten by a flea. However, keep in mind that reactions tend to be worse in those with weaker immune systems, such as infants, children, and seniors.

If a flea bite develops into an allergic reaction it can be very harmful to a human. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to a flea bite that constitute a medical emergency include:

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction to a Flea Bite

  • Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath or wheezing)
  • Swelling of the lips of tongue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain

Fleas are also capable of transmitting certain diseases, such as:

Diseases Transmitted by Fleas

  • Plague (Yersinia pestis)
  • Bartonellosis
  • Typhus (Rickettsia typhi)
  • Tungiasis
  • Flea tapeworm

How to Prevent Flea Bites on Humans

There are a few measures you can take to avoid being bitten by fleas in the first place. Follow the steps below to protect you and your family from flea bites.

  1. Use a lemon citrus spray, as fleas do not like the scent of citrus and will avoid anything with this smell. By applying a lemon spray around your house, the fleas should stay away (at least temporarily). You can make your own lemon spray by cutting lemons in half, boiling them in water, and letting them steep overnight. Once finished, simply pour your anti-flea concoction into a spray bottle.
  2. Use a diffuser and essential oils that repel fleas. Some of the best oils to repel fleas are lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, cedar wood, and peppermint.
  3. Wear lotion containing essential oils.
  4. Apply an insecticide inside and outside of your home. Since fleas can take a long time to hatch, purchase an insecticide with a growth inhibitor. (Note: Consider the health hazards of these chemicals.)
  5. Purchase nematodes for your yard, which are small worms that feed on fleas. Ladybugs are also notorious flea-eaters.

What Kills Fleas in the House?

When it comes to ridding your home of a flea infestation, there are both chemical and non-toxic solutions.

Non-Toxic Solutions

  • Vacuuming fleas is a very effective, and non-toxic, way of eliminating fleas in your home. The fleas will jump toward the vibrations of the vacuum, and once sucked inside, the rotation will kill them.
  • Apply a mixture of salt and baking soda to flea-infested areas. This will dehydrate and kill the fleas.
  • Use a non-toxic flea spray to kill fleas in your home.

Chemical Solutions

  • Chemically sprays for inside and outside of your home
  • Fog your home using a flea fogger or flea bomb
  • Contract an exterminator

Four Stages of the Flea Life Cycle

When it comes to removing fleas from your home, having some knowledge about the flea lifecycle may be of some use. Homeowners often take measures to exterminate fleas from their home only to have a new generation crop up a few weeks after. The key to removing fleas from your home for good is to break the lifecycle. The best way to do this (unless you've hired an exterminator and are sure all traces of fleas are gone) is to continue your extermination method for multiple months.

Stage
Form
Description
Stage 1
Eggs
An adult female flea will lay eggs after consuming blood. The eggs appear as small, white objects, smaller than a grain of sand.
Stage 2
Larvae
Emerging larvae are blind and sensitive to light. They are about a 1/4 inch long, white, and legless. If conditions permit, they will spin a cocoon within 5 to 20 days of hatching.
Stage 3
Pupae
The last stage before emerging as an adult flea, the pupae will wait in their sticky cocoons before emerging. They usually hatch within months of this stage, but they can stay in the pupae stage for years if need be.
Stage 4
Adult Fleas
Once a flea has emerged from its cocoon, it will begin feeding on a host within hours. Adult fleas are small, dark-colored, and flat-bodied when unfed, and darker and fatter after feeding.

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        Paul 

        3 weeks ago

        I think i have bed bugs or fleas somehow. I am a clean person wash once or twice a day i have no pets though my ex had a dog. I just cant seam to sort out this itching the doctor has give me moisturiser and antihistameans but they are doing nowt. I feel dirty and its embarising i am ready to bin my mattress and get a new one its 1am ive had no sleep and im in work in 5 hours

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        RTAFHIO 

        5 weeks ago

        Thanks for this interesting article Belinda. I have more on this subject if you want to check it out: https://flea-bites.com/

        Have a great weekend!

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        Marlyn Maslow 

        3 months ago

        Great post and extremely helpful! Thx!

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        Anelle 

        5 months ago

        PS folks......bedbugs and fleas are insects after all if you can find a natural antihistamine take one it will help with swelling and raised itching....... we never had that problem so at the first time we ever had by it's around our ankles I recognized what it was and we take a natural antihistamine at bed the worst looked like little red Sharpie marks. They never itched and they never raise up.

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        Anelle 

        5 months ago

        no chemicals on my farm or in my house or on my pets either I use diatomaceous earth you're very first line of defense is vacuuming and sweeping completely in your rooms no dust we have combat it it for years because we live on a farm and all of our neighbors have deer fleas and we've lost a couple domestic pets because of that and then I got smart so no chemicals they've gotten really chemical resistant so little bits of Diatomaceous Earth that's food-safe after sweep and vacuum whole house and soft surfaces...pillows,sofas,rugs,etc.....rub it into your carpets sofas, pillows, and along your doorways and wherever your pets are on the porch and do it about 20 feet out from the house and the yard because we have that all the time and it has really gone down to a minimum.

        Also each full washload 2cups apple cider vinegar.....soak about 20 min....wash rinse dry. Eggs andfleas in the load are dead.....

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        Sara 

        5 months ago

        Hi I went to a neighbor's house a couple hours ago and I got three bites in a row on my leg can it be fleas or can it be bed bugs

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        Joan 

        12 months ago

        If your animals have fleas, you need to give them a preventative medicine on the 1st day of every month. My preference is for nexguard because they eat it like a treat but there are plenty of other options like frontline which is a solution that you put on there neck, again once a month. Both of these should get to work in 24-48 hours and they will then be protected against fleas for 30 days. Next task is to clean the house to rid it of any residual fleas. If you keep them on Nexguard every month, you will never have another flea!

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        Megan 

        13 months ago

        COMFORTIS flea pill!!!!

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        Miko 

        13 months ago

        Had a flea episode this winter; horrific experience ever. I love my two beautiful dogs...but they are really killing us. At first we thought we had chicken pox up until we discovered this small creatures jumping up and down our dogs and on our blankies and lastly, on us. You can imagine trying to get rid of this creatures in winter ( having so many blankets acting as a good hiding and possibly breeding place). To make things worse, i had an allergic reaction to the bites leaving me nauseous, with swollen lips, difficulties breathing, headaches and so forth. To treat them in the house we used blue death powder and i am taking a lot of allergy meds; the problem is not solved but atleast it reduces the" impact". We also wash the dogs more regularly with antiseptic shampoos*** but as for getting rid of the problem, please share once you get a permanent solution.

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        Monica lacroix 

        14 months ago

        Me and my husband have a cat. We had fleas before but this one seems to be worse. We gave her the drops, have been vacuuming, cleaning, laundering and who knows what else and tried natural remedies and somega silver water from the health food store who they say helps for some reason. Anyways, my cat loves sleeping with us ever since we had her and because of that she is ßleeping on bed when I'm in bed. I kick her off because she is scratching all the time but then I am too. I found 3 or 4 fleas in my bed the other day jumping around and couple weeks ago I would wake up in the morning to go pee and I had a flea go down my face , made me feel creepy. My head freely itchy and my ankles, under my buttocks upper thighs underneath and my arms, everywhere, sometimes feel like screaming murder. So to speak. Vet said it would take upmtom3 months of This? We just did 2 weeks of this and still not working. He even sprayed 2x in basement where there is carpet and some in the living room with flea spray. I couldn't handle the fumes so that's why I couldn't do it in bedroom. Oh and do flea traps too.

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        Emma 

        18 months ago

        Well , my dog AND cat both had fleas , I think they still do . But I'm not getting bit anymore but I went to the doctor and found out that , I'm allergic to flea bites . I'm left with scars up and down my body , thighs , legs , ankles , stomach , arms , back & sides so pretty much everywhere . I've found fleas on my bed like more than 5 . But back to th point , I have scars and I've been trying to get rid of them but , they won't go away . I've had them for months now almost 3 . What can I do ? I have 3 months till i leave to Idaho on vacation and it'll be summer and I don't want to show up with scars all over my body . I need help .

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        Claire.murray99@hotmail.co.uk 

        19 months ago

        I treat my cat with a deflea liquid solution on her neck, I use a flea fogger spray, and I also sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth around the house, around the edges, and in corners especially. I wash all fabrics that could be a potential flea breeding ground, and the cats beds. I then sprinkle the cats bed with Diatomaceous Earth too.

        I hoover the excess powder from the diatomaceous earth after leaving it on the carpet for a day at least. This usually does the trick. Diatomaceous earth is a godsend for flea problems.

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        John 

        21 months ago

        Thanks for this awesome articles, it was really educative, I had an hard time while trying to find out what FLeas bite look like until I came accross this site, Thanks a Lot once again

        http://www.fleabitessite.com/flea-bites-look-like-...

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        Gina 

        23 months ago

        I used a flea bomb took pets & I left house for 4 hours it helped .I took benadrill for the itch relief & sprayed the dogs & put flea med & spray on them

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        Chanel 

        23 months ago

        Is an child getting flea bit abuse??? If you are treating the house and doing what you can.

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        Kimberly Gilmore 

        23 months ago

        My boyfriend and our 3 month old daughter had just moved into a new home and the very next day i was attacked by fleas we had an exterminator come out 3 times to spray our whole house down he said it take about 2 weeks for all the fleas to die well its almost been 2 weeks and i wake up with big welts on my neck arm back and ear lobe im just trying to get rid of the itch and pain thanks for your article i hope it helps me

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        Bruna 

        23 months ago

        The last apartment I stayed in was infested in fleas and I didn't have pets. They got so bad that if I would step foot off my bed, my feet would immediately be covered in them. I would have to wear three layers of socks to be able to hop over to the bathroom. If you spread rock salt on your carpet early on and let it sit overnight then vacuum in the morning, it should help in getting most of them out.

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        Cathy 

        2 years ago

        Someone commented that the best way to avoid having fleas in the house is not to have pets in the house. I do not have pets in my home, never have had. Suddenly, after living here for 12+ yrs, there are fleas and lots of them. I am using Borax, salt, foggers, sprays---everything I can think of! What is odd is that 1. I have very very few bites, 2. Though research shows that fleas only jump about 7-8", I am being bitten much more on my upper arms than my feet and ankles, 3. These seem to be flying fleas--if there is such a thing. Perhaps I do not know what I am dealing with; perhaps it isn't a flea infestation at all. Can anyone help? I have literally spent hours researching, only to find the same information over and over. Might I have Carpenter ants? Thank you to whomever can respond.

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        Deborah Short 

        2 years ago

        Deborah Short My little dog has fleas I recently start noticing flea bites around my ankles and legs and arms is there something that I can use on my dog for fleas and me for the flea bites.

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        Imaygonuts 

        2 years ago

        I live in a lower duplex that has major humidity,wetness,and a bit of a mold problem in the corner of my dining room only.I use a dehumidifier which may or may not help,the stupid thing throws out hot air while on!(very hot summer here in Southern Ontario this year so this double sucks).So I have the wet,the dark,and the mold.I also have a cat with fleas.Here's the thing,my cat has never been outside(can fleas jump through screens?).So,this is driving me nuts to begin with.The problem with me is in the last two months I wake up with welts,medium red,raised,bites(there are holes in the center.Two on my back actually had a clear fluid came out and then crusted.Always happens at night.They are never around my ankles or feet but on my inner arms,breasts,back,inner thighs,belly.It's like whatever is biting me likes the soft skin!I saw a spider crawling up my wall the other day,it was small and clearish beige.I've seen them around here and there.I have tried to look them up but can't find a thing.I have the cat's fleas under control but every night,something,cruises around my body deciding when and where to take a chomp.This is freaking me out!HELP!

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        cp 

        2 years ago

        The best way to deal with this is to not have animals in the house.

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        Mandy 

        2 years ago

        My older cat just had kittens last week.... and then we noticed fleas everywhere... I have treated my outside cat... what can I do for her and the babies, because she is feeding them???

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        Michelle 

        2 years ago

        Ah I'm living in hell thanks to fleas. Its almost 5 am and Im still awake because of the itchenese. I live with a relatively big family and no one got bitten but me!!! It's literally all over my body (neck, back, cheast, stomach, thighs, arms, and legs)!!!

        I have them for more than a week now! Went to the dermatologist, gave me some bills and creams! No help

        I hope it goes away quickly:(

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        Ebony 

        2 years ago

        Ashes kill fleas. Cigarette ashes in window sills and dumped on carpets kill fleas immediately.

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        Mama J 

        2 years ago

        If they are bad enough that you see them jump on you, then (this is weird) rub school glue on your bare ankles and go to the infested area. They will jump on you and stick. After about a minute rinse the glue and pests down the bathtub drain. Repeat until no more jump on you. This will knock down a population quickly.

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        ms.mascara123@gmail.com 

        2 years ago

        My flea bites on my neck are really bad Because my neighbors kitten had fleas and I got then now and I don't know what I should do. I been hugging it and it just got baderbader well yeah it did not work out now I have to get Ointment for it so yeah but I don't know if I'm Allergic To cats so yeah that's what my flea story is.

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        Jill Amundsen 

        2 years ago

        My suggestion is essential cedarwood or eucalyptus oils, pricey, but well worth it, stops the itch immediately, and kills all stages of fleas, but treat everywhere, car house yard pets and yourself. And your new best friend is your vacuum.

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        Angie 

        2 years ago

        has any one ever become really tired almost flue like symtons with badly infected flea BITES

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        Phil 

        2 years ago

        A very well written and informative article. With this amount of comments you can see how it affects many people. If anyone would like some more information and advice visit http://www.flea-bites.co.uk

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        tm22 

        3 years ago

        Has anyone become ill after many flea bites? Im not sure if its the the fleas or something else ...I feel a lack of energy, generally run down, itchy, weak legs etc...don't know if the fleas can carry anything? Help please

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        Jacob 

        4 years ago

        Thanks for this interesting article Belinda. I have more on this subject if you want to check it out: http://www.fleabites.net/flea-bites-on-humans/

        Have a great weekend!

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        Karan Arora 

        4 years ago

        read more about flea bites on dogs on this http://fleabitesinfestation.com/flea-bites-cats-do...

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        David Hamilton 

        4 years ago from Lexington, KY

        The fleas are bad this year. We have only one dog and he has managed to fill the whole house with fleas. Thanks for the tips!

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        Valerie M. Frost 

        4 years ago

        Hi guys and gals. Yes, we all love our animals, and at 64, disabled, with a 165-lb Newfoundland Service Dog and 4 crazy but beautiful and loving cats - all 5 from rescue/abandonment situations, I finally, after all my life, have "flea bites". My home remedy for "bites" is poultice with a cotton ball saturated in 70% Rubbing Alcohol. It disinfects and dries up the bo-bo's, and soothes the nagging itch. Tea bags sound great too, as I use them on my eyes when I get a stye. The Tannic Acid in the tea "draws" the infection out of the stye and soothes your eyes. So that would also be good on bites. I then use Polysporin cream - and get on with my day. Cheers! Gotta luv 'em pets of ours. Val and BUBBLES, my Newfoundland (female) Service Dog - Ottawa, ON, CANADA

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        kt.3 

        4 years ago

        My cat had fleas about a month ago both me and my daughter got bitten a lot the cats been treated and i can't see any more fleas on her. I've had a spray from the vet and covered everything in it I've also flea bombed and hover everyday. I haven't seen a flea in days Yet we are still getting the occasional bite help it's starting to get me down now

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        Arie 

        4 years ago

        Help please. Ive had red itchy bumps on my head, my neck, my chest and breasts, my stomach and legs. Ive treated my cat and my bedding clothes etc. Why won't it stop?!

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        adele 

        4 years ago

        We crushed moth balls and scattered them through out the house. In the end thats all that worked for us

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        ashley 

        4 years ago

        i went to a friends house and she did not tell me she had fleas until we were about to leave and i just looked at my sons arm because he was licking it and i noticed he had flea bits. he is only 5 months old what can i do to sooth the itchiness for him

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        georgia 

        4 years ago

        okay, i have flea bites from my knees down . the thing is my dog doesn't have fleas how did we get the fleas ?

        the best treatment i have used is colloidal silver "you can find it from your local chemist or health store" colloidal silver helps get rid of the ugly bites i apply it with a cotton bud every night ! tea tree oil gets rid of the pain !

        i hope this helps you like it helped me

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        Mimi 

        4 years ago

        Same here. My little ones have it the worst, my eldest doesn't have any but itches a lot, and i have a ton. My husband, just 2. Wen i take them to the doc, they tell me no treatment, leave. They sead ill get the others infected!

        Someone help.

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        Anthea Kissoon 

        4 years ago

        I heard from a cat lover that they mainly bite females... : (

        This is the case in our house as none of the men get bitten.

        My little one gets it the worst...

        Anyone know why?

        And what is best natural solutions...

        Many Thanks

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        Stoneage2010 

        5 years ago

        Yuck, fleas are the worst! But this is great to keep on hand. Luckily it's not something I've had to deal with often but you never know. Great hub, voted up & useful.

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        Betty 

        5 years ago

        Mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and dish soap in a small container . fleas are drawn to this mixture. I have had as many as 30 in one day go into this . I keep several of these containers around the house during the warmer season. .

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        Diana L Pierce 

        5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

        The best flea treatment I have found for my dogs is to add apple cider vinegar to lukewarm bathwater and lather the dog with Dawn dish soap. This is a great alternative to chemical insecticides.

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        Gaurav 

        5 years ago

        If you notice your baby or infant has flea bites, its time to take action. Of course, first of all, make sure they are flea bites.

        http://fleabitesonhuman.com

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        geoff 

        5 years ago

        adding a small amount of tea tree oil to my socks and legs stopped bites and i put some drops in the carpet to repel fleas

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        phlxboe 

        5 years ago

        My mom has 2 cats and ended up with fleas in her home. when you sat down on the couch fleas would jump on you. My mom ended up with many flea bites. I took a bowl of water and added a few drops of dish detergent. Placed the bowl on the floor with a small lamp, no shade, beside it and turned the lamp on at night. The next morning there were so many fleas in the bowl it was unbelievable. The soap inhibits the fleas from jumping out and the warmth of the light bulb attracts them. They jump toward the bulb and end up falling in the bowl. Between treating the cats, vacuuming the carpets and continuing the bowl treatment we were able to eliminate the fleas in a very short time. Strange thing is, her cats never go outside. The neighbor has cats that come in her yard and it's possible we carried them in the house. She also has a lot of squirrels that hang around.

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        Rebecca Mayglothling 

        5 years ago from Binghamton NY

        My son is actually slightly allergic to fleas. He gets a rash. I have to be pretty darn careful with the animals.

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        cbpoet 

        5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

        Thanks for sharing your symptoms and treatment for flea bits. Relatives of mine recently had a flea infestation and corrected it by exposing these nasty bugs to heat. They moved couches,bedding etc outside. It was close to a 100 degrees outside so I guess heat kills them too.

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        Pam 

        5 years ago

        I have a stray bull dog hanging around my house. He has fleas and his hair is falling out. The dog is very old. I was feeding him but not anymore. I don't know what to do to get him to go away. Help!!!!!!

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        fleasloveme 

        5 years ago

        suffering from a second flea infestation at home.

        best advice i can give at this point: A rigid schedule of Vacuum - Spray Frontline on all flooring and vacuum again. Also, spray some frontline on the inside of your vacuum cleaner bag so the fleas/eggs don't hatch and survice in there.

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        Madison 

        5 years ago

        these comments are so helpful.. My fiancé and I recently found 2 baby red squirrels and took them in over night till we could get them to the local rescue. We woke up in the morning and the smaller 1 was cold and weak. Not even thinking about it I quickly put it in my lap with a heating pad. Shortly after I noticed little reddish brown fleas crawling in his fur. The fleas managed to get under my clothes and bit my thigh and my lower abdomen. I have been trying so hard not to itch, but in my sleep I have itched to bleeding.. I'm really excited to have some possible remedy.

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        Viee 

        5 years ago

        Omg I remember when my puppy had fleas & I didn't know he got them inside the house!! I had MILLIONNSSSS of bits all over my legs & I was in agony!! If you want to get rid of the fleas call the exterminator RIGHT away. After they exterminate vacuum the whole house for 2 weeks straight everyday!! I had the exterminator come to my house 3 times. It may cost money but ill tell you it's worth it!!

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        Nature Girl 

        5 years ago

        Wanted to find a non-toxic way to get the fleas out of our carpet... Similar to the post re: using Borax on carpet before vacuuming, I'd heard of sprinkling salt on the carpet, wait about 10 min., then vacuum. Moth balls in the vacuum bag will kill them there, just make sure to have windows and doors open if you use those, and then toss the bag. Repeat a couple times to ensure they're all gone. For each large room, it takes about one 26 oz. container of salt.

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        chris 

        5 years ago

        I am emailing you because I was wondering if could help with my skin parasite problem You see it all started when i moved into this apartment. I didn't realize at the that the apartment had fleas living in it after a while I was starting to get bit but through my own stupidity I choose to do nothing about being bit by flea's until it was to late because one morning i woke up with hundreds of parasite bits around my neck after that I stared killing the flea's with flea powder and bombs, but it was a while before I learned that it just wasn't fleas that were biting on me it was all kinds of different parasites that feed on blood that were living in my area mites, chiggers , fleas, etc all kinds of parasites and some I didn't know what they were. Were hunting me, attacking me for my blood and know matter how many parasites I killed there would always be more to replace them. So I move two miles to a different location but I found out the parasites that live in my new area would hunt me attack me to. So after two months. I moved again and the same thing happened I am still being hunted attacked by parasites that feed on blood. So at work I finally came up with a way to stop from getting bit by these parasites I started using insect repellent I have tried all different kinds of insect repellent the ones that have Deet in them work the best. So I use Cutter insect repellent with Deet But I don't like the side effects from the chemical Deet. I am tired of the side effects being stoned on Deet So can YOU HELP ME !!! to find a way to stop having these parasites identify me as a food source. Or can you leed me to someone that is an expert or someone knows what to do to help Me?

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        lesliebyars 

        5 years ago

        Thanks for this informative hub!! Voted up!!

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        Ana 

        5 years ago

        Salt is the answer to your problem, put salt all over your house and let seat for at least a few days, even in your bed and under your sheets and wash everything. You can even use salt outside all over your yard so your dog own bring back inside again. Make sure you treat your dog while do get your house with salt.

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        ER 

        5 years ago

        My three dogs got went to the neighbors they came back with fleas now I have red spots all over my body what can I do? it started on my ankles now I have them all around my body. Can somebody please help?

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        Christian Lincoln 

        6 years ago

        I've dealt with fleas for 4-5 years, we've bombed the house multiple times even using hard core top of the line. We've treated the cats multiple time, and we still have fleas, it's terrible because they only attack me, I kill at least 25 fleas a day by pulling them off of my socks and cracking them between my nails. I'm pretty much stuck being feasted on until I move out.

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        Brittany 

        6 years ago

        i think these tips are going to help a lot with my my flea bites

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        denise southam 

        6 years ago

        me and my husband have got flee bites but we have not seen one flee our hole house his wood floors apart from a rug in our sitten room we have 3 cats and 1 dog wear can we find them i looked thuw my cats and carnt fined any yet we both got bites

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        DonnaLWR 

        6 years ago

        I hate fleas, and i suspect they are becoming resistant to old flea solutions. one thing that does work on pets and also on carpets is diamecious earth (sp). D earth can be bought at most any local feed store. It is so safe that people actually mix it with water and drink it, so you pet could lick it and it would only hurt a parasite that may be lurking in their body, however caution must be taken that no one breaths it is because you could get cuts in your lung. I use a face mask when applying to carpet and a nose guard (on my dog)when putting it in my dogs hair. I have not had fleas since 2008, so my guard was down. I allowed a friend to bring a puppy over that was rescued from the forest. It took me 3 months to realize the bites on my body were flea bites. my poor dear Millie though a hairless dog had lots in her crest (head hair). I hugely recommend putting D earth down under carpet padding and on top of carpet padding before you lay new carpet, paying special attention to edges of the wall and corners. note that dawn dish soap does not kill fleas at all. I have hear of success with borax, but have not tried it myself.

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        ashley 

        6 years ago

        Pretty much the only thing that REALLY works is to treat your animals. Advantage is the only thing that has ever worked for me. Unfortunately, you have to apply it every month to your animal. Flea eggs can hatch up to 9 months later, so even if you think you got rid of them, they may come back a lot later!

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        Shasta Matova 

        6 years ago from USA

        Fleas and ticks have been especially healthy this year. I have been putting baking soda on the rugs and vacuuming everything in sight, and throwing the bag out immediately. Sprays for the house and pills from the vet for the dog have also helped.

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        Tori 

        6 years ago

        I have done literally everything to kill the fleas in my home. we moved here in Feb and I think the house had fleas because my two cats didn't before we moved and the girl who lived here before us had an inside cat AND rabbit. My cats never go outside and I have done EVERYTHING to get rid of the fleas and they just won't go. I don't know what to do anymore, I am head to toe with sore bites, my cats are going mad, they've had treatments and I've seen dead fleas around the house so why am I still getting them? what am I doing wrong? I've spent so much money and time on this for nothing, it's making me upset and embarrassed. It was my birthday yesterday and I had to do at least a little bit of a flea treatment, I mean really!!!! Do I have to live with this forever?! :'(

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        emg454 

        6 years ago

        Does anyone know if Off works to spray on me to keep them off till I can bomb the house again ? I want front line for humans LOL

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        cara 

        6 years ago

        I've actually had bites on my cheek for going on 4 wks now. Im horribly ocd when it comes to cleaning and making sure my shets and house are spotless. At first I thought it was somehow bedbuv bites since I stayed in a hotel on vacation recently but after seeing my doctor she said that wasn't the case. Im 28 yrs old and its embarassing having these marks all over my left cheek (i sleep on my left side.) Please if there are any helpful remedies please let me know. Ive tried suggestions on here that were recently posted for vites and none have helped.

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        Carol 

        6 years ago

        If you have carpets, try Borox. It's a mild powder detergent that was much more popular years ago. You can find at most grocery stores. The product is safe for animals and children. Heavily sprinkle Borox on all carpets, and let sit for an hour. Then vaccuum. Be sure to throw out vaccuum bags immediately. Repeat this once a day for a week. When I was first dating mu husband, he had a horrible flea infestation. Borox worked wonders!

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        RJ 

        6 years ago

        I use the following & it seems to work great!

        - wash clothes bedding etc with hot water, hot air, & borax

        - permethrin spray on the upholstery, window screens, my shoes, jacket, hats. But read the label & don't use permethrin around cats. It is deadly to cats until it dries.

        -bug bombs

        -diatomaceous earth sprinkled along baseboards, cracks, in the cat litter, on cat beds, their scratching post & other places they like. DE is safe for cats & people, but kills any bug with an exoskeleton.

        -keep the humidity in the house low. Fleas need humid environments to live.

        Good luck!

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        ThePepperDen 

        6 years ago from Australia

        Thanks so much for chiming in, everyone! I really appreciate all the extra tips and tricks people have posted. :D

        A few other articles I've written may help people with some of their flea issues:

        http://dogguidecentral.com/flea-treatment-for-dogs...

        http://dogguidecentral.com/flea-bombs/

        http://dogguidecentral.com/how-to-get-rid-of-fleas...

        I hope this helps!

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        lzeiser 

        6 years ago

        Was at my neighbors the other night for a bonfire. They were dog sitting for a sweet, very old Lab who was sitting near us all night. Towards the end of the evening both my daughter and I started itching around our feet and ankles. By morning we were covered in bumps (VERY ITCHY)! We can only assume it's flea bites from the old dog! Hw do we stop the itch?

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        Chantelle 

        6 years ago

        I recently got a bed of a friend and i woke up with flea bites i hve sprayed flea killer on my mattrrerss washed all the covera will that be anouff ? Help please

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        lousie marriott 

        6 years ago

        the problem a lot of the time once you'vedone your best to get rid of them and they come back, is the fleas eggs. You can flea bomb and spray all you want and get rid of the active fleas, however female fleas can lay thousands of eggs everyday, and killing them before they hatch kind of thing is difficult. no matter what flea sprays and bombs you have used they will still take nest in your carpets, the places they lay eggs is cold places, skirting boards and so on.

        Advice- spray skirting boards - clean them perhaps daily, hoover daily, basically keep everywhere clean daily and keep the cat, or well animal with the right treatment they will eventually die down. as for the bites, there not really too harmful. Keep yourself clean and try not to itch. Our flea problem was huge but you gotta persavere with the general house cleaning and they will eventually go.

        you have to remember doing one thing such as a flea bomb alone won't get rid of them in one go, you have to follow on with that and think of the eggs.

        simple cleaning everyday with a few flea bombs worked for us.

        jae mccoy- yes you can go swimming, they arent harmful nor contagious, they simply itch and leave a scar for a few days. its absolutley fine.

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        jae mccoy 

        6 years ago

        A couple of days ago, I noticed a lot [at least 30] of these little bumps around my ankle and up to my knee.I am not sure what it is, but when I saw these pictures, I started to think that they are flea bites. I would like to know if I am able to go swimming with it, my 13th birthday was last wednesday and I am having a swimming party this saturday. I have already tried lots of things, but they did not work.please reply!!!!!

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        Nit Picky Lice Removal Service 

        6 years ago

        Mix 2 cups of salt with 2 cups of baking soda (for larger rooms you can double the batch... always make equal parts of baking soda and salt) Sprinkle it on carpets and cloth upholstery leave on for about an hour and then vacuum. Do this in every carpeted room. Make sure to get baseboards as well. Continue to do this every day for a week. You can also leave the on overnight and vacuum in the morning. This will dehydrate the fleas. Continue vacuuming every single day for the first week, every second day for the second week, every third day for the third week and then one final time during the forth. Works like a charm. (If you have a pet make sure to sprinkle their bedding with the baking soda/salt solution and vacuum)

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        Darlene Nicholls 

        6 years ago

        I can always tell when my cats have the fleas , they start to bite me, I itch like crazy, the boyfriend thinks I am nuts, part of me starts to think that way, maybe I have lice or something else, the bites are there, and have been bitten even when small, blood suckers like me I guess, it sucks never touch him always me, and now I am dying, my body right now only has 4 or 5 bites that can see but it is the burning of my skin all over , specially the scalp can you have an allergic reaction and take Benadryl or something, God why me, now I noticed the cats scratching so one not crazy , I love them to death, they are inside cats, likes to squeeze out the door when we come in, go for a smell of fresh air, guess all it takes, little shits

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        kim 

        6 years ago

        we got flea's from my daughter camping and brought them into the house. Have bombed, sprayed, cat powder and almost gone, but, the bites OUCHHHH. best way to stop itching, isopopal alcohole. cheap, $1.00 a bottle. stop inching now.

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        Von 

        6 years ago

        We had issues a few years back, we put stuff outside to kill ticks and the fleas invaded our house. We sprayed and such and didn't work. Heard a crazy thing and it worked! Put out a nightlight in an outlet close to the floor and fill a small flat dich or lid with liquid soap (dawn works best) and the little critters are attracted to light and jump in and can not jump out and die, we replaced the liquid every night to ensure the best stickiness. Each night we had fewer and fewer fleas in the liquid.

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        Ashleigh 

        6 years ago

        My kitty loves sleeping in my bed under my covers. I woke up with bits all over my lower body. It is so itch! Is there anything I can put on them that won't sting as I've already scratched them. Plus it's winter so cold showers aren't my first choice is there anything other then cold water I can use?

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        lynn 

        6 years ago

        I too get flea they are as bad as everyone describes.l

        I was told that if you feed your dog garlic they wont want to bite him don't try on cats though it is harmful. So i purchased garlic pills for myself today see what happens as they are beneficial in other ways.

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        Kate30 

        6 years ago

        I have flea bites all on my ankles and they scabed over from itching! DO NOT ITCH they scar and it is terrible just use hydrocorozine or any itch medicine! I have had to hold off my foot surgery do to these and it sucks so bad. But just ask your doc. For an antibiotic and they heal faster and use peroxide and get cutter insect repellent to spray on areas u need it b/c it prevents biting fleas also aneseptic wash helps infection & scaring

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        Chefchar 

        6 years ago

        I actually found that if you take a packet of aveeno collodial oatmeal and add enough warm water (not hot, it will itch more than ever) to make a paste and then put the paste on the bites, that it is instant relief. This works well if you do it right before bed and then leave it on all night, I don't itch in my sleep then. As for the actual fleas, bomb, vacuum, then spray everything that can not be washed in hot water and dried in the dryer. As for your actual pet, flea collar and drops, and flea dip or powder. If your not sure if you have fleas at your home, a couple of sure signs are your cat will not want to lay on rugs, carpets, pet bed, the usual spots, and they will be cleaning themselves more than usual.

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        Sfmtwin@gmail.com 

        6 years ago

        Ugh. I hate fleas!! Does anyone know how long the bites will last? I try my best not to itch but I've awoken in the night many times to myself scratching my ankles and legs. It's awful!

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        sadhathoki@gmail.com 

        6 years ago

        oh my god, I had been wandering what those nasty red bumps were when I surprisingly woke up with these all covered around my feet. we never had such problems until a cat and her kitty came to live with us. And my lord it's so so so itchy that I can't help scratching my feet all the time even during my class and at night I need to fix my feet to the wall and the more I do so, the more I get the bumps. I have tried all the home remedies but they are not working out at all. I am just in despair that I will heal soon and get out of these horrifying itches. And to all my friends including,misty and mike,just try the remedies given in the site and all the best that it might help.sympathy to all the victims like me. I can understand how you are feeling........... poor us

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        Misty 

        6 years ago

        I have one cat. She is an I side cat. I have a BIG problem with fleas. I have flea bombed my apartment, I have taken my cat the the vet to get a flea dip, I have had an exterminator spray my couch with a potent spray, I have vacuumed, and the spray is supposed to kill all the fleas over a weeks period. Well........ Turns out I still have fleas as well as my cat. The extermanator came to my apartment on the 6th of this month. I have bites all over my legs and ankles, it's driving me up the wall. I'm so ready to pull my hair out. HELP!!!!!!!

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        Mike 

        6 years ago

        I know that fleas are bad this year is worse than they have been I think it's due to the heat. But it's hard to get rid of the fleas no matter what u use or do. Believe me I've use frontline an bomb the whole house. 2 times an sprayed my yard 2 times but they keep getting on my dogs an inside my house I feel hopeless help me out here plz.

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        Water Lily 

        6 years ago

        Speaking of banana peels, rubbing the part of them that touches the banana on the bites helps to relieve itching

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        Su77 

        6 years ago

        Jodi,

        that's exactly what he meant. Such people make me sick. The cat is suffering somewhere.

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        Jodi 

        6 years ago

        @Alexus: Do you mean you kicked your cat out because it had fleas? I hope not... that would be pretty awful. How is it an innocent little cat's fault she had fleas? Unfortunately they cannot treat themselves... it's up to us to treat them & our homes. If you did kick her out, not only is she homeless & starving (or worse) now, but she's probably suffering immensely from the fleas. Argh. But I hope I'm wrong and that's not what you meant!

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        Fleanan 

        6 years ago

        The fleas are killing me they started a gang and are attacking my nut sack

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        ThePepperDen 

        6 years ago from Australia

        @Louise- I'm sorry to hear about your experience! While I'm glad you were able to find someone to house-sit for you, it's kinda lousy that they left you with an infestation. Some people live with fleas for so long they get used to it, and bring little hitchikers with them wherever they go. :o

        @Melinda & Alealia: Thank you SO MUCH for chiming in! Banana peels? Whodathunk? :D

        @Maximus: I don't know much about bird parasites, but there's a possibility they're lice, not fleas, in which case a different treatment might be required. If you keep having problems after bombing your flat, talk with your local vet. The vet may have a treatment for your parrot that will help stop any future infestations.

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        maximus 

        6 years ago

        i have an african grey parrot and since i bought him 5 years ago i am having flea bites,i have bombed my flat and have never seen fleas,do you think my parrot is the cause

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        jack 

        6 years ago

        I've had flea's for the third time now, and my suggestion is immidiate action. If you don't deal with it, it can grow out of control

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        Alexus 

        6 years ago

        My cat only had a little bit of fleas and now there everywhere. We even had to kick her out;(

        And we had to bomb our house(flea bomber)

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        adam 

        6 years ago

        i don't have time to read they're killing me litteraly the fleas are jumping and i can see them hop around on my skin and clothes

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        Cris97 

        6 years ago

        I have bumps buy tht itch but oder much so is it heat rash I had it 3 years ago maybe because the weather is getting hot maybe I have the rash again ?

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        Alealia 

        6 years ago

        You know, a great way to keep fleas out of your house is flea treating your pets and making sure that any visiting animals are flea treated too.

        It works really well. And not petting strange animals. Always make sure that the animal you're petting is one you know or risk catching something. Or being bitten.

        Our house has fleas at the moment because of a housemate's cat that hasn't been treated. My cat doesn't have them, thankfully, but we think I've been bitten XD

        Lots of flea treatment and bombs to be had tomorrow!

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        melinda 

        6 years ago

        I have three lines of attack for fleas in the house. First vacuum daily and add your flea control chemical into the bag on a tissue. IT will kill all eggs that get sucked up. Second, a 50/50 solution of bleach and water to wash the floors also kills them on contact.

        Third, Banana peels. Yep, the peels have an enzyme in them the fleas can not digest. It will kill them when they eat on the peels. Just lay them around the house and they even continue to work after they turn black.

        Last, treat the pets. My vet gives my dog a monthly pill to ingest as well using skin treatments and regular baths. If you think you are miserable, think of your baby four footer who does not have the ability to reach the middle of it's back.

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        louise 

        6 years ago

        I had friends house sitting for me while I was away visiting my children and grandchildren. When I returned home, they left two days later and left me with a house infested with fleas, I quickly called my Pest Control Company and ask if they did flea treatment. Well they have been here 3 times in 3 weeks, we will see if this last treatment worked or do I have to have all of my carpets removed. It was a wonderful surprise when I realized that I had fleas, not a word from my friends.

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        Martina 

        6 years ago

        My dog comes in almost every night and lately I have been getting itchy red bumps!!!! I don't know how to get rid of them! HELP?

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