Can People Get Fleas From Their Pets?

Can people get fleas? In short, the answer is yes but it’s not their preferred diet. However, if there are no pets around and you are their only option for a meal, then you will look like a delicious roast chicken, complete with side dishes and gravy so prepare to be bitten! Even if you don’t have pets, learn how to protect yourself!

Fleas are opportunists when it comes to finding their meals. They usually prefer animal blood but you will also be rather tasty if they are not available. In addition to suffering from a flea bite, fleas can also use people as their transport. That being said, there is a species of flea that is commonly found on humans (Pulex Irritans) and they can cause rather painful inflammation on the skin when they bite, especially if you suffer from allergies. In fact, these fleas can use your blood as their primary diet, even if you don’t have any pets. Quite a scary thought! Regardless of how they find their meal, female fleas need a constant supply otherwise they cannot lay eggs.

Can People Get Fleas from Dogs or Cats?

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Can People Get Fleas?

Dog or cat owners usually have dealt with a flea problem in the past. You may have a removal method for fleas on dogs or perhaps a special cat flea treatment but while treating your pet, have you considered the possibility that they may make a temporary move onto your skin? Well the good news is that fleas on your pets usually stay on your pets. However, if you start applying flea powder, spot on treatments and other natural solutions to your animal’s skin, they can often jump off like a ninja and land on your skin, ready to continue their meal that you so rudely interrupted. I have had this happen a number of times, sometimes I have even noticed this happen visibly on a pet that has a lot of fleas before treatment. When I treat fleas on my pets, I usually chuck my clothes in a hot wash and take a shower, just to be on the safe side as dog fleas on people sucks!

Fleas will always try and find a warm area with exposed skin, which frequently leads them to your upper back and armpit region. Of course, this is definitely not the only place that they can be found but when I find flea bites on my skin or on others, these are commonly targeted areas. Fleas can also jump onto our pets once we come into contact with them. Remember, even if you don’t have any pets, fleas can often be found on rats and even birds!

Human Fleas – Can They Get in Your Hair?

Since fleas enjoy the warmth and protection that fur provides them on your pet, your hair is a juicy target. However, unlike your dog or cat, you are not completely covered in hair (hopefully) and thus it’s unlikely that fleas will find their way onto your head, unless they get lucky and land on it. Even if they do manage to get there, if you have even the slightest bit of hygiene, a hot shower will get rid of them so it’s extremely rare for fleas to “set up shop” in your hair.

The only time that I have seen somebody continuously find fleas in their hair was when the person allowed their dog to sleep on their bed, even though there was a visible flea problem. They even asked me “can people get fleas??” with an absolutely shocked voice, it was rather funny! While it was rather easy to resolve, just make sure that you don’t make the same mistake and it’s unlikely that you will ever unknowingly host a flea party in your hair. :)

Are Your Children Safe from Fleas?

If you have a newly discovered flea problem in your home or on your pets, I always encourage parents to keep an eye out for any red marks on their kids. While they could be a result of other insects or even just a nasty bump from another object, it’s often a sign of a flea presence. I have found that children tend to get bitten more frequently than adults as they often play with family pets on a regular basis. In order for flea bites to be dangerous however, a massive amount is required so you don’t need to stress.

A major area of concern is very young children. During their early years, children spend a large amount of time on the floor and seem to have the desire to put everything in their mouth. This can often go unnoticed, even for the most discerning parent. Since fleas can carry tapeworm parasites, if your child manages to somehow swallow one, there is a high chance that they could develop an infection and will need to be treated with the necessary medication, given to you by your doctor of course. I encourage you to share this fact with anyone who has pets and a baby in the home.

Can Humans Get Sick from Fleas?

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Can Humans Get Fleas?

Despite their diet of blood, it’s a common misconception that fleas carry AIDS or HIV. If you have anyone that thinks this is true, please share this important piece of info with them! It’s very rare for house fleas, especially those that feed on your pets, to carry any sort of dangerous diseases. However, it’s interesting to note that the bacteria called Yersinia pestis (that caused the Black Plague) was carried by the fleas that fed on diseased rats and mice. While this is not major issue now, it’s definitely proof that sometimes the bites from fleas can be dangerous and if you have any adverse reactions in addition to swelling and tingling skin, please seek medical attention to ensure your safety. It’s highly likely that your doctor will simply give you a cortisone medication to reduce the allergic reaction but it’s possible that other symptoms will be noticed and potential problems can then be avoided (such as flea allergy dermatitis). Lastly, as mentioned earlier, tapeworm is also a concern and I recommend taking a deworming tablet after suffering from a major flea outbreak in the home, especially if it has been a lingering problem for a couple weeks.

Still Suffering from a Flea Problem? Here Are Some Suggestions

The Bug Squad has a number of other flea guides on this subject but let’s take a moment to look at a few quick tips for flea removal.

  1. Your first priority is to reduce their numbers as they can start to spread exponentially once there are a large amount of them in your home. You can do this by using a flea bomb with an IGR chemical to kill the adult fleas and to stop a flea egg from hatching into larvae. Remember to keep the family and pets out the home for the day. Arab Pest Control has recommended giving the home a good vacuum in the morning, before using any flea products in your home. Also, some flea foggers require you to leave the residue for 24 hours before cleaning it up so make sure that you follow the instructions carefully.
  2. Before letting your darling pets back into the home, make sure that you get rid of their fleas as well. Once they are completely gone, you can let them in again. Please don’t use any pet flea medication on humans. Although people can get pet fleas, using it on yourself can make you very sick. It’s also helpful to hot wash their bedding and other things blankets, etc.
  3. Lastly, if you are fighting a losing battle against the flea war machine, contact your local exterminator to give you a hand with the removal process.

In conclusion, people can get fleas and while it’s more common to find them on dogs and cats, you should take the necessary steps to ensure that you keep them away, especially from younger children. While people can get sick from flea bites, most people just get an allergic reaction. However, always keep an eye out for signs of complications! If you have any questions about dealing with fleas or perhaps something you would like to share with the visitors of this blog about your flea experiences, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson

Hi there! My name is Natasha and I would like to thank you for reading this guide. If you have any concerns or would like to ask a question about this article, I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will provide a reliable answer within about 24 hours. Remember, all this information is provided at absolutely no cost and if you have enjoyed what you have read, please show your appreciation by sharing this post on your favorite social network below. I look forward to helping you!
Natasha Anderson
Natasha Anderson
Please note that the contents of this guide is for informational purposes only. If you would like to receive professional advice to diagnose a pest control related problem, please contact your local exterminator immediately.

Comments

  1. Bobby says:

    This really helped me thank you

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Pleasure Bobby, let me know if you need any assistance with your flea control efforts and I will make myself available :)

      • Tina says:

        Is there anything that I can put on myself to repel fleas until I can get rid of them? I am highly allergic to fleas and am getting very sick. Thank you in advance

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Tina! Sorry that they are making you sick :( I suggest grabbing a general insect repellent (that also repels fleas, a store clerk should be able to help you) that smells decent, you can usually just spray it on your clothes.

      • Anita says:

        Hi Natasha. I live in a pet free apartment and have fleas!, we’re sure we got them from our neighbors because they do have pets. Me and my brother are getting bit at night ( ankles, legs, and arms) but can’t seem to visably see much of them, we are planning to bomb our apartment but I am worried about the furniture and clothing. What do you suggest I do for that, Or do you have other alternatives for getting rid of fleas ? Please help !

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Anita, if you are going to bomb, rather let a professional do it for you. I will email you some info.

    • Tammy says:

      Hello my name is Tammy and i am commenting on some of your answers that you have given for major flea infestation. Ok now first yes people can get fleas and yes especially if they don’t have animals. I have tried just about all the home remedies that i have read about on line and i still have them .And a lot of people do not be leave that fleas burrow. Well they do and i have so many scares to prove it. And i had a so called professorial pest control come all the way from Portland or Vancouver and he guaranteed that nothing would live through that last treatment he did but that didn’t work. I am going to try the eucalyptus and 100 percent pure lemon juice, do they both work? Thank you for your time i will be watching out for your reply, have a good day.

      • lisa hansen says:

        I just found fleas in my hair what can i use to get rid of them

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Lisa! A nice hot shower will do the trick. But since you have fleas in the house, I recommend reading my articles about removing them otherwise you might end up getting them again. Just to check though, are you sure you don’t have lice instead of fleas?

        • Jessica says:

          What color are fleas? Do they suck blood? And how long do they live?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Jessica! They are dark brown, they do and they live around 8 days before laying eggs. Hope that helps!

      • Nicole says:

        Can you get fleas off of you by taking a shower?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Nicole! Yes that will work.

      • Corey says:

        Hello my name is Corey and my roommates cat had fleas,we got rid of them but they are still in my room after the treatment and a exterminator.I am wondering why it is only happening in my room and now they are starting to attack me after I vaccumed the other day! Thank you so much for the article!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Corey! They might have laid eggs in your room and each time you kill off the adults, the next generation appears. Try get a spray with an IGR and give my DIY flea trap a try.

      • Kitty says:

        Hey, you should look into scabies.. i think thats what you have

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Kitty, thanks for helping Tammy.

  2. anthony wells says:

    Natasha, how do you stop flea eggs from hatching I am more than interested in stopping fleas becoming larva ???

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Anthony! You simply need to purchase a flea spray/bomb/product that contains an IGR componant. This stops the flea life cycle and ensures that you dont suffer another outbreak of fleas. Let me know if I can help you further :)

      • KAYLE says:

        HELLO WONDERING HOW OFTEN TO BOMB ,OR SPRAY FOR FLEAS?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Kayle! I wouldn’t recommmend proactively spraying or bombing. Just keep an eye out for fleas and act IMMEDIATELY when you find them, either with a spray, some of my natural DIY methods or with an exterminator (contact me if you need quotes).

  3. Emily says:

    I’ve been housesitting a pet flea-infested home for five days now, and I’m wondering if I should be concerned about having flea eggs under my skin? I’ve had to sleep there so I’m worried that they may have hopped on while I was asleep.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Emily! You don’t need to worry yourself, those eggs are not going to find their way under your skin. If you are interested, I have an entire article on flea eggs, check it out as I think it will give you some relief and hopefully help you to get some well deserved sleep ;)

      • Kerri says:

        I have a similar question. I just spent the night, with my baby, at my sister’s who is watching a dog. Ice come home COVERED in flea bites. Could I have brought them home with me??

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Kerri! Its slightly possible but I wouldn’t worry about it. Keep an eye out though.

  4. Jose Guillermo Ruiz-Garcia says:

    Hello Natasha. I’d like to thank you for this wonderful article. It certainly enlightened me a bit. Now, I just had one question: if has a flea infested pet within a household, is there a high possibility that a female flea would lay eggs in the carpet immediately? Or are there certain circumstances that must happen before such an extreme happens?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jose! Its a pleasure, glad you like it :) The female flea can lay eggs fairly quickly, depending on her environment and the availability of food but keep in mind that unless its fairly warm, the eggs could take many weeks to hatch. In ideal situations, it takes about 12 days for baby fleas to appear. To stop them hatching, use a flea product that contains an insect growth regulator chemical and you should be fine. Good luck!

      • Claire says:

        Hi thank you so much for your info. I found 2 tiny black dots on my foot yesterday morning tried to get then off and they jumped like Olympian athletes something I have never saw before as I don’t have pets. I do have a 1 yr old son. I’m covered in itchy spots on feet and legs I’ve hoovered all my house washed everything in sight and sprayed with vet flea spray so I’m hoping its over. How did they get in is my question though it was the day after I had a friend and her kids visit they have 3 cats so I’m assuming it was them , this is awful for anyone iv even used nit treatment on my hair I have the cleanest house ever so was having a meltdown !!! Do u think its over now?? My spots r very sore and I feel like my feet r on fire with itching why has my son got nothing not even 1 bite thank god he hasn’t but its strange isn’t it ? Thank you I’ve found more info here than anywhere else x

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey! Its a pleasure :) Yeah it probably came from that source but its unlikely that they would have reproduced to a large degree in such a short amount of time. I recommend that you use a couple flea traps (see the guide on this site) to kill any lurking fleas and to reduce the itchiness of your bites, place a little lemon juice on the affected area. However, if it gets any worse I recommend seeking medical assistance as you may have a sensitivity to them. Good luck!

        • Claire says:

          Thank you Natasha I did rip the house to bits washed everything n sprayed with a vet flea spray to I’m living In the cleanest house on the planet in sure and yes I needed steroid cream but the little 1 did not get any bites to happy days. Iv also had a word with my friend who treated all pets and house. Thanks again your site was my salvation in a very scary situation I’m sure lots of ppl think I over exaggerated but better that than a breakout eh. Many thanks keep doing your thing Claire n Aaron …

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Its a pleasure Claire, thanks for your feedback and taking the time to comment. I hope you have a fantastic day!

  5. Iliana Yoc says:

    Hello Natasha,
    I’ve got two pets with fleas and their frequently getting into the house.
    Here’s my question, can fleas lay eggs on human heads?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Iliana! While its possible, its not likely and even if they did, flea eggs are smooth and will fall out when you brush your hair or something like that. My recommendation is that you follow a few of my guides on removing pet fleas and that will solve the entire situation completely :)

  6. Mia says:

    My neighbor helped me wash my 4 cats and now I’m afraid she might get fleas. I don’t want anymore problem, I have enough. How do humans remove fleas from their body?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mia! Fleas can be removed from humans by simply taking a hot shower and washing properly. If you have had fleas on your body, its likely that you have also had a few flea bites, I recommend checking out my article on this subject as it will help you find some relief. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  7. Salma Isse says:

    i’ve been feeling itchy for days im not sure if its flea”s or lice since my hair is really itchy too can you tell me?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Salma! If its fleas, you will likely have a couple flea bites. If you just have itchy skin, it could just be allergies to food or something like that. I find that if the weather is dry or I have been eating lots of unhealthy food, I also tend to get itchy skin so it could just be that.

  8. Jacqueline says:

    I keep getting these bumps on my arms…they itch like hell and literally are all over my arms. Worst part is they hurt. Recently I found a kitten and brought her in to keep her from getting run over and did find a few fleas on her….Do you think the bumps all over my arms is from fleas?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jacqueline! Sounds like the bites are from fleas, sorry that you have to deal with that, especially after doing a good deed for a stray animal. I have an entire guide that focuses on flea bite treatment and I recommend that you take a look at that. Feel free to drop me a message if you need more assistance :)

  9. Salma Isse says:

    Thank you I think it is flea’s because i have a few bumps and i thought it was mosquito bites, I have 2 birds though so how do i tell if they have flea’s? their budgies by the way i would appreciate it if you knew :D

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Salma! Its unlikely that your budgies have fleas but its very possible that its a result of mites, they can also leave bite marks on humans. I recommend taking your birds to the vet to be treated as they will need professional care. Its not super dangerous but since it won’t cost too much, I recommend doing it as soon as possible.

  10. rebecca says:

    Hi Natasha, thanks for your article. We have had a flea problem at home, from our cat, the cat is now treated and we had the house fumigated only today, I am at work and feel I am getting bitten still..could I have transported them with me to my work? If so do I now have to fumigate here as well?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rebecca! Its very unlikely and besides, fleas will die without the necessary intake of animal blood (not just human blood) so they will die off unless you have pets running around at work ;) Is the flea situation completely sorted at home? If not, I will be happy to assist you further, let me know :)

  11. Julie says:

    Hi I babysit a child and there parents just recently told me they had a problem with fleas. I have now recently seeing fleas in my home. Was ity possible they transported from there house to mine in his bag or anything? I was wondering if it is possible so I know that I can hold them responsible on taking care of the costs for me to get rid of them thank you.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Julie! Its possible but very unlikely since we are not their preferred targets. I recommend that you encourage them to sort it out as soon as possible before they start multiplying. I have a couple DIY guides that you can review as well, most of them are extremely affordable and don’t require the use of insecticide. Good luck!

  12. Sam says:

    Hi i have discovered some small black bugs on my body, one jumped so I believe it’s a flee. However, I don’t have any bites and I’m not itchy either. I’m kind of scared

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sam! If you look closely, you should be able to see whether or not its a flea. That flea image on this page isnt that great but take a moment to check out a couple of my other articles on fleas you can find a better one. It may be a flea but I highly recommend that you make sure :) Let me know!

  13. Karen says:

    I have two dogs that do not have fleas and are treated monthly. However, my son kept scratching his head … so I bent him over the sink and literally hundreds of dead fleas fell out. She showers regularly. What is going on ?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Karen! Are you sure that they were fleas? Despite your experience, I think they were probably lice and a simple product that targets those should sort the situation out quickly. If you are able to send me an image of what you found, I can give you a proper analysis :) Good luck!

      • Karen says:

        Natasha, you were correct. Because they were so big, I never imagined it could be lice, but it turns out my son had a very big problem that unfortunately carried over to myself as well. I had he and his brothers hair buzzed and have been treating myself (basically overtreating because it freaked me out) and I think the problem is over.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Karen! Glad you have got it sorted and happy I could be of assistance. Hope to see you back again soon!

  14. Denise says:

    You are awesome. I had so many questions and they were all answered reading all your contents. Thank you so much

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Denise! Thanks for your kind words, I am glad that my article and the community has helped you :) Don’t forget to share this guide with your friends so that they can so learn more about flea control!

  15. Sherry says:

    I have a 5 week old newborn and found a flea in her diaper. Cat is boarded at vet and we have tried baking soda, diatamaceous earth and borax. Nothing seems to work. I’m afraid to use chemicals. Do you think the chemicals will harm her?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sherry! Since you have a young child, I don’t recommend that you use chemicals in your home. How bad is your flea problem at the moment? If you just find a couple fleas, the treatment method wont be very difficult (you can use DE for example) and you should be able to get rid of them rather quickly. Let me know :)

      • Sherry says:

        Thank you for your answer! I get about one bite a day on my feet. Nobody else seems to have bites (and baby can’t tell me if she itches). I have some flea traps with lights and they pick up a few each night. We’re not infested, but they are here for sure. We bought a new vacuum since our 15 yo model didn’t have great suction. I also bought some peppermint oil based EcoSmart spray and did that, but still getting bites here and there. Picked up the cat and I’m not convinced he’s flea free although they bathed him, gave him a 24 hour pill and a 30-day treatment while he was there for two weeks. I saw him shaking his head and scratching!!! My son also has ringworm. I feel like our lives are overrun by nasty organisms! I still haven’t given in to chemicals, but I’m so tired of washing in hot water and vacuuming. At least I’m not finding dead-flea blood spots on the inside of the washer lid like before. Kitty used to sleep right next to the dirty clothes hamper and I couldn’t figure out what the little red spots were inside the washer until a added 2+2. The DE in the carpet has caused my feet to be super dry and rough, even though we vacuumed it up. I don’t really want to use that again… If I stop cleaning like a fiend, I suppose they will multiply? True? And will this end once it cools off outside or will they persist inside the house all year round?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Sherry! Based on your description, it seems like there is a recurring cycle of adult fleas to flea eggs and then back to adult fleas again, hence why you can’t seem to get rid of them. My recommendation is to find yourself a natural flea spray (or well, mostly natural) and to make sure it contains IGR (insect growth regulator). This will stop the flea life cycle. Give that a try and let me know. :)

  16. Karim says:

    Thank you, Natasha. This was very helpful. I have been fighting fleas for the past couple months, and I finally gave in and started using Frontline Plus on my 3 small dogs. Before, I had used a lot of diatomaceous earth powder in the carpets, bedding, and directly on the dogs on a regular basis as soon as I saw a flea. In the last week or so, I’ve been seeing fleas on the dogs despite using the powder. I’ve moved into a new house recently, so I’m thinking it’s a different kind of flea than I’ve dealt with before. There are also rats in the backyard, and I believe that is the source. I grow a lot of tomatoes, so that is their food source. I like tomatoes and growing vegetables in general, so I’m thinking I have to choose between having veggies or having no fleas. :(
    Karim

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Karim! Glad that you enjoyed it and thank you for your kind words. Its possible that they are coming from the rats but instead of abandoning your gardening, I highly recommend that you take steps to either protect your produce or get rid of those rats. While this is primarily an insect removal blog, feel free to drop me an email and I will give you some tips :)

  17. Amy says:

    Hi Natasha, thank you so much for posting this. Yesterday I found a flea in my bed and another in a plate of soapy water I set up last night next to my bed. I have no pets; the closest I get to animals is walking past a dog on the sidewalk. I think the fleas may have come in the house on a used couch my landlord put in few days ago. Or have you heard of other petless people getting fleas in their houses? I walk by the couch to go to my bedroom. We have hardwood floors and a big rug where the couch is. I washed my sheets last night. What else do you think we need to do to get rid of other fleas/eggs? Thank you so much.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Amy! Its a pleasure! Its definitely possible to get fleas in your home without pets (from rats, possums, etc.). However, fleas require an animal host at some point otherwise they will not be able to reproduce and live for very long. My recommendation is to use a few flea traps (check out my guide on this) and just proactively check for any flea activity in your home. From the sounds of it, its not a bad infestation so you don’t need to stress. Cheers!

      • Slmc says:

        Hi. I commented on another article a few minutes ago and have kept reading other articles you have written. Not sure which one you will read first. As mentioned in my other comment, the cat has since left my home. You are saying that without the cat here, the fleas won’t survive, You also mentioned that without pets present I will look like tasty chicken with all the fixins AND gravy?? Lol..I’m a bit confused… can u clarify?
        Thank you. btw, I’m happy I found your articles :)

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Slmc! Glad you like the info. Fleas can definitely bite you (instead of your pets) but my point is that they cannot LIVE on human blood forever. Hope that clarifies it a bit.

  18. Rosa Shamosa :) says:

    Hi, I have battled fleas for about 2 months.I’ve tried everything.DE,borax, salt,multiple brand foggers, vacuuming like crazy/frequently.I believe they came from our outdoor cat/yard.I recently bought Precor 2000 and applied it Sunday, pretty thoroughly.Oh, and washed all kinds of clothing , sheets, curtains….I think they made me the cat as i am the only one being bitten.I have seen a decrease but feel there are some here still.Precor has IGR..Will these pests ever die out will all this work? I had started taking hot baths and keeping hair in the water for 30 minutes and then 15 minutes with shampoo.I actually think i find/feel eggs in my bed.I have similarlty treated my car/porch…can the Precor prevent whats left from reproducing but still will bite?I hate this…

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rosa! Yes, you will eventually win the war, sorry that its been a problem in your home for so long, it must be very tiresome. I notice that you are keeping your hair under water for a long time, are you trying to kill fleas in it? Fleas hardly ever nest themselves in human hair and even if they do, a quick 2 minute shampoo wash will get rid of them. It might be worth investigating other causes for an itchy scalp as its very unlikely that its fleas.

      • Karen says:

        Hi there thanks so much for your article it releaves me that fleas don’t nest in your hair but my question is are you Not supposed to let your cat sleep with you on your bed???? And if you do ,fleas appears can the pet spray for house by hartz be harmful to humans and animals???

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Karen! If your cat doesn’t have fleas, sleeping with it is fine. I am not too sure, I recommend that you contact hartz for that info. However, usually those sprays are fairly toxic so maybe try find a non-toxic one :)

  19. Amy says:

    Thanks Natasha. I had tried a couple flea traps by my bed and the couch, and they didn’t catch anything. When I told my landlord, he wanted to do a flea bomb on the whole house, so we did that Monday. Today is Friday, and I have a new flea bite on my foot. I don’t understand it. Do you think new fleas are getting into the house somehow?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Amy! Its possible that they coming in from outside. I suggest you take a moment to fully inspect the yard for signs of fleas. Check out the dark and potentially damp areas first and let me know how it goes :)

  20. Lisa Moore says:

    Hi I have my dog snowy (bishon friese )for 6 years with no problems but recently fostered a little dog thankfully he was reunited wit his family after he left I realised poor snowy had fleas I treated him and my couch and rug but can still see eggs on the couch and haven’t let snowy back in the house when will it be safe to let him back in (if eggs are still visible) inside also we have been on the couch and I noticed some eggs on my sons pjs could they have transferred to his bed and can they turn into fleas after treatment …. Hope to hear from you soon as we are really missing our baby :-(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lisa! If you are not finding any fleas then just use an IGR (insect growth regulator) spray in the affected areas (where you think the eggs may have ended up) as this will stop them from hatching. Its really as simple as that and the spray will not cost too much. Good luck!

  21. Julia says:

    Hi,
    I have been plagued with fleas since moving into an apartment infested with fleas in August 2013… (I have no pets.)
    I have since moved (Sept 1. 2-13) and have been successful in preventing them from infesting my new apartment as long as I keep vacuuming every day.

    The problem is that I can’t get them out of my car… I have had the upholstery deep cleaned twice, have tried sprays, borax even salt. I recently threw out the floormats and started vacuuming the car every day. I am not seeing adult fleas, just the flea eggs which seem to “float around” each time I open the car door, especially if the it has been sitting all day while I’m at work.
    I find the white specks on my clothing, on the plastic areas inside the car…. and I just know they are “traveling” with me…. embarrassing:(

    Hope you can help…
    Thanks,

    Julia

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Julia! I recommend getting your car seats steam cleaned. That’s what I personally do If I find any trace of pests in my car. The high temperature will kill most insects (and their eggs) if you take the time to do it properly. Hope that helps, keep me updated! :)

  22. Julie says:

    Hi and thank you so much for your very informative articles! Back in May, I rescued three little semi-feral kittens from under my deck in the backyard. I kept them outside all summer, but got really tired of worrying about them when it rains, so I brought them inside. Before doing that, I took them to the vet for neutering/spaying. They got a Capstar there and three days after their surgery, I used Advantage Multi on them. That was 2 months ago and even though I repeated the Advantage a month later, we are now totally infested with fleas as if I had done nothing at all! I gave them a third Advantage treatment 7 days ago and they are all still scratching. Meanwhile, I have gotten about 40-50 flea bites! So this past weekend, I vacuumed like a crazy person (carpet and upholstery) and put down DE in the room where the cats would be, then I used Zodiac carpet spray and Enforcer carpet spray on my carpets and upholstery. I washed every sheet, blanket and towel in hot water. I have even had to spray my car twice now. So after all that hard work yesterday, I got home tonight and sat down on my sofa and I swear I feel fleas crrawling on me. To date, I haven’t seen a single flea, but I have the bites all over my legs to prove they are there. So what should I do next? I am about to have a breakdown if I don’t find something that works soon.

    Since I put Advantage on the cats 10 days ago and it didn’t work, can I put something else on them instead?

    Thanks so much for your help and insight.

    Julie

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Julie! Do you notice the bites after sleeping or do they appear randomly? The reason I am asking is because it may be bed bug bites. As for your cats, I recommend that you either give them a wash using dawn soap and warm water (if possible) or go and grab enough Front Line to last you for the entire month (usually can get a discount). Combining this with DE (for the actual house) will get rid of those fleas. Please keep me updated :)

      • Julie says:

        I called my vet today and she is suggesting a new product for my cats called Activyl. It is a new spot on product. I plan to pick some up this weekend. I don’ t think I am getting any new bites, the ones I have are just slow to heal. . However, there are a bunch of tiny little pinprick size bumps in and around the bites. Now I am thinking it might be a rash . When the fleas were biting me, I tried some Skin So Soft hoping it would repel fleas, and I think it gave me a rash instead! I think I will try the new stuff on the cats, put down some DE and see where we are from there. I really don’t want to call an exterminator because it will be very difficult to get these fur babies out of my house while waiting for treatment. Is DE safe enough to use while they are nearby?

        Thanks for your help. I am feeing very alone in this and it is overwhelming! I just keep hoping we will be flea free soon.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Julie! I have never used it so please let me know how it goes. I don’t recommend using DE around small animals. However, if you really want to, just make sure you apply it carefully and it should be fine. Keep me updated :)

  23. Mark says:

    Hi Natasha, I have developed an allergic reaction to flea powder and cannot stop the itching and small sore spots do to scratching. I have gotten a cordisone shot and a prescription for cream from my dermatologist but it is not stopping the constant itching. It is so bad that it wakes me up every morning. Any suggestions?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mark! I recommend that you try using some pure lemon juice on the affected area. This will serve as a decent disinfectant and should also relief some of your itchiness. Let me know how that works for you!

  24. katherine says:

    Hi! I know this probably sounds paranoid but I have two little kids and ive dealt with fleas before and the thought of them being in my home is freaking me out really bad. I recently rescued a dog and transported it in my van and had it inside my house overnight before i noticed it had tons of flea dirt on it. I took the dog immediately the next morning to get groomed and have flea medication applied. I have vacuumed my house and furniture top to bottom and mopped several times and vacuumed out my car. I hot washed all sheets and everything else that would fit in there! The dog left the next day to go to a rescue so its no longer living with us. I havent seen any fleas and i havent been bitten and i dont believe my husband or kids have either but im very scared they are in my house and van now. Its been almost a week since the dog was with us. Do you think its possible there are any left? Or if there were any to begin with? My husband thinks im crazy but jearing it from someone who deals with this will help ease my mind. Thanks for the help!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Katherine! If there are no signs of fleas in your home (try using my homemade flea trap to confirm, you can find the guide on my blog), you should be perfectly fine and you can relax :) Trust me, if you were housing a major flea problem in your house, you would know about it fairly quickly. Hope that helps!

  25. Francesca says:

    I also work for a doggy daycare could the fleas jump off me and onto the other dogs at work? Or do they die instantly if jumped onto a human or going outside in the cold air.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Francesca! If the fleas were on you in the first place, absolutely. In fact, they prefer animal blood so they will definitely jump off you for a more preferred target. They will not die if they are exposed to the outside air. Hope that helps!

  26. Juanita sal says:

    Hi. I’m concern I notice fleas in my home late September…. I gotten my house perfessionally sprayed 3xs in two months. I took this route because I just had a new born oct 2 2013 and I need my home to be flea free. Well lately I’ve been seeing my cat scratching n biting…. And yes i followed the guideline of vacuuming and washing everything for weeks per perfessional spray! i changed his flea med to another vet recommend brand in dec Because frontline was not working no-longer.i notice two adult fleas on him early nov.
    I give my cat a flea bath today (1/13/14 after I applied the medicated drop on him.. 36hrs later because i seen him scratching and biting. Did I take the medicine off his skin? If I did can I reapply another dosage? (Vetra ) is the brand. When I gave him a flea bath with flea shampoo I notice something small n red however it look like it was a half of what could have been. Not really certain . I’m very nervous about my newborn and don’t want to risk another infestation…. Please help. Can I apply another dosage of medicated flea drops. I gave him his dose on the 11th. I’m concerned of washing the medicine drops off when I bathe him. Thanks

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Juanita! I havnt personally used Vetra so I cant comment on that. However, since the cat is young, maybe stay away from additional chemicals for awhile. I recommend checking your house for fleas (use my homemade flea trap for this) and giving the cat a warm bath with dawn dishwashing soap. I know that your cat won’t appreciate it but it will kill those remaining fleas and its natural (just do this once though). From that point, regular combing will really help :)

  27. chris says:

    I have to say all your guides on flea control are a great read. Not only do I now feel confident to go to war with these pests (after loosing the battle) I don’t need to worry about huge costs. I will follow your very detailed but yet simple to understand guides and try rid these pests with a diy method. Thanks so much for all your help and advice, a lot of knowledge was gained from this site. Thanks again.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Chris! It’s a pleasure!

  28. Tina m upham says:

    Hello I have two flea ridden cats I comb them and kill fleas all the time I have read every web site there is. I went to the store and bought dollar general brand odor eliminating spray citrus for $1.00
    16 fl. Oz. Sprayed my bed. Carpet cats favorite napping spots. Let it soak in and dry. Was amazed at all the dead and red blood filled fleas larva and eggs I hope . Worked like a a charm. Does not say what the ingredients are but I bet lemon juice and water would work well. I am considering giving my cats a dawn dish soap and orange juice bath. I think it might be a simple effective way to save money and rid the fleas once and for all! What do you think?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tina! Thanks for the great suggestion, I haven’t used it but I am sure that there are others that can try it and hopefully have your success. :)

  29. dominique says:

    Hi Natasha I recently spent the night at a friends home with out knowing their dogs had fleas. Once I got home I showered and went to bed but all night my hair was itchy (not very bad) and I woke up in the morning with little bumps on the inner part of my arm and some on my neck. I found a little bug crawling on my shorts last night but it didn’t jump but it was really hard to smash please help!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Dom! Might be a bed bug to be honest, please check my articles on this subject and let me know. :)

  30. CJ says:

    Hi, I just was just outside and shook the hand of a neighbor After he told me about sharing a room with someone that had a flea infested dog. It is freezing out here right now, and I washed my hands when I got in. But I am worried about getting fleas and passing them to my cats from that hand shake. I could be blowing it out of proportion, but I just don’t want to have to give all four of my cats flea bathes.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey CJ! Don’t stress, its extremely unlikely that you got fleas from that brief encounter with your neighbor. Thanks for your comment!

  31. leesa says:

    Hi I have had fleas for almost 3 yrs now on me. I bath. I shower, I pick them out under my.skin. I have had my house treated 3 times by a professional. I’m sick to my.stomach every day. It’s been really stressful. I don’t know what to do. My.dog seems fine. But they love me. I can’t get rid of them . I went to laundromat. With everything. They won’t go. I treat the dog. I bath the dog. I can’t win. I have read that they r really hard to get of your body and I’m living proof. Y won’t they go.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Leesa! I haven’t actually heard of a scenario where it was that difficult to get rid of them from the body, I can only presume that you still have a flea issue in the house. Did those exterminators use an insect growth regulator? You might find that they killed the fleas but the next generation appeared when the eggs (which might be in your carpets, etc.) hatched.

  32. Alexis says:

    What would happen. If u hadthem for almost a year and ur children have red dots all over there ankles

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! I highly recommend that you get an exterminator to treat your house, having them for almost a year is not the way to live. Let me know if you want me to send you some free quotes :)

  33. Jenna says:

    Hello I was wondering can fleas reproduce off human blood? We have a flea problem in my apartment due to a past tenant who had a cat who had them. Also how long can they survive on human blood I’ve read that it is not nutritious for them as their preferred host blood is

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jenna! Fleas do not prefer human blood but if there isn’t any alternative, they will bite you for food. I am not too sure if they live shorter lives on our blood but either way, you need to get rid of them and not allow them to die of “natural causes” hehe ;)

  34. lynne west says:

    how liklely is. it that I could have taken dog fleas back to my home after bn in contact with a puppy who had wee drop off fleas iv treated my own dog an had washed all clothes that I had on. will my hair b ok I will b washing it tmoro. thank u for reading

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lynn! You will be fine, just keep an eye on the situation and let me know if you see any of those buggers ;)

  35. Michele says:

    About two years ago I was bite by a flea or fleas – whiling sitting on furniture that was infested. I did get a rash and swelling that took a long time to clear up. I later got a call from the person, who had the infested chair that I sat in and got biten, this person told me the chair had to be thrown away since they also found empty worm shells along with the dead fleas. Apparently, the cat had worms, too.
    Now here’s my dilemma, every once in awhile – maybe once a year- the past two years- this area where I was originally biten, left buttock inner part- this area will start itching, break out i welts and swell for about three weeks before it seems to totally clear up. Could this be coincedence or do you think it relates to my being biten by fleas that infested on a cat with worms?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Michele. Its just coincidence, there is no ways that there would be that kind of delay between them (neither would a flea behave in that manner), might just food allergies or something like that :)

      • Diane Cooper says:

        The welts sounds like stress. I have those to. First thought it was bed bugs. The welts come in the same area on my body. Always when i am under a lot of stress. Use anti ltch cream. Usually gone by the time i get to a doctor.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Diane! Thanks for your comment!

  36. susan says:

    I believe my son is bringing home fleas, he does H & A , tells me he has been in a home with other animals, I live in a condo and have a cat that got fleas, treat and special comb her all the time for these bugs, I am a very clean person. I sanitize everything, evan his laundry washed seperatlley. I clean my personal hairbrush about 1 time a mo. This time shocking. I took a comb to my brush and found dead big fleas in the mat of hair. Thank God , I did not brush my hair yet. What is going on, and can you help,

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Susan! I suggest that you hot wash all your linen and clothing that could have come into contact with fleas. Secondly, get a spot on treatment for your cat and then use my flea trap in each room. I have an article on that so check it out :)

  37. Scarlet says:

    Okay, so, I sleep with my dog and idk if she has fleas. Lately it seems, overnight mostly I have in the morning bumps on my neck, back, arms, and head. Do you think fleas could be a possibility? What should I do for my dog and I?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Scarlet! Yes, it sounds like it could be fleas. Check out my article on flea dirt to see if it is the case. You can also try my flea trap, just make sure that your dog doesn’t knock it over hehe.

  38. Holly says:

    I have a new puppy. She has fleas. I bought the Hartz flea top spot and it didn’t work. A week later I gave her a flea bath. My house is getting fumigated tomorrow. Can I buy a name brand flea remover that won’t harm my 27 lbs., 4 month old dog? How long do I have to wait to treat her? I don’t want to over medicate her! I also gave her a bath with dish soap. I really hate fleas!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Holly! I suggest you try Front-line or Advantage, both have fairly decent results across the board. I would wait at least a week but your vet will be able to advise further. Best of luck!

  39. Lauren says:

    Natasha, My family recently moved into a house with all wooden floors. We didn’t have fleas when we moved in. We also do not have any pets. What do you recommend for getting rid of fleas living in wooden and laminate flooring? I’m really concerned because the baby sometimes has fleas on her head, but I don’t see many bites. My two year old does have a few bites though. When I took them to the pediatrician, he didn’t seem at all concerned about tapeworm. Is this likely? Does the the whole family need to be treated for deworming? Thank you!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Lauren! Put hot water in a bucket, add some gentle dish soap and mop your floors. Don’t repeat it too often as you can strip the wood of its natural oils but it will work. Its unlikely that you would need to be de-wormed but if its been awhile, you might as well do it. :)

  40. Bia says:

    Hello,
    My cat recently had babies she moved them in the house in a box like space in our my closet
    Today we saw fleas on the kittens I have a rash on my neck and I’m trying to find out if I have fleas please tell me how to get rid of flease thank you

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Bia! You can gently wash them in warm water and add a small amount of lemon based dishwashing liquid. While I don’t suggest doing this more than every two weeks or so, this will safely kill the fleas. If you take a hot washer, you will be fine, just wash your clothes as well.

  41. Jess says:

    Hi, Yesterday evening we bought an 8 week old puppy and have just this morning noticed she has what we think is a flea on her. she’s been on our living room carpet and she slept in my mum and dads bed overnight. Shes only been in the house about 18 hours what is the likelihood of us being infested with fleas and what can we do right away to prevent an infestation.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jess! Its not a guarantee but perhaps take some pro-active measures and at least wash the linen. Lastly, use a flea trap (I have an article on this) in each room to check for any in the carpet.

  42. Marigold51 says:

    Hello! First, let me say that your website has been nothing but helpful!

    I recently moved out of an apartment where the owner took in a puppy about a few weeks prior. Around the time the puppy arrived, I noticed I was being bitten furiously- mostly on my ankles and arms, and a couple spots on my upper back, thighs and tummy. I though it was bedbugs, but I found no traces of them. The itching and bites seem to have subsided quite a bit. However, Last night as I unpacked, I noticed these small, smashed looking flecks, all identical in size, and brown to greenish in color. I picked them up with a towel and put them in a sandwich bag.

    My parents also have a dog, that goes outside and isn’t bathed regularly. I thought it could be her, but this has never been a problem before. I noted the flecks again in the living room near the air conditioner in my new place. Do you think these could be fleas? Although the itching has been going on for a few weeks, I’ve only just noticed these flecks because they were so prominent. There are no pets in my new apartment, either. If these aren’t fleas, any idea what they might be? Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Marigold! It sounds like fleas. Use my flea trap article to find out, they are cheap and take you a couple minutes to make.

  43. Ale Vee says:

    Honestly, I’m so happy I read this article. I have suffered from getting flea bites for about the past two years. I have a toy poodle that stays inside and occasionally gets fleas because my pitbulls live outside and get them fast. Im guessing when we go outside to spend time with the big dogs they spread to her. My point is I have been suffering from this and it’s terrible it literally makes me not want to leave my house. Especially since the area that is bitten the most is super visible, my neck. Im in high school and it sucks when my friends are like you’re always getting those bites on your neck and I have no explanation what can I say? “Oh yeah its cause I have fleas” it sucks! The only person I have shared this problem with either than my parents is siblings is my boyfriend and im happy he understood. I ditched class one day because while I was in the restroom I saw a flea crawling on me and it’s just an awful feeling! Imagine sitting in class and the person sitting behind me sees it jump on my head. It depresses me. I want to see a doctor to see if they can help me because I feel like nothing works. I will try doing what you listed in the article and hope it works because I can not live like this any longer. It KILLS my self esteem..

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ale! Well I am glad that I can help you, hope things work out!

  44. Morgan says:

    I live in East Georgia and have 1 cat (shes either 6 or 7). While watching tv the other evening I caught a flea on me. The next day while sitting out on my porch I saw another flea on me but it got away. So I set up a trap, a dish of hot water and a lot of soap under a lamp. It has caught one. They have all looked like tiny grains of brown rice (they are dark brown and more long than round. When I lived in VA and my cat got fleas they were the tiny blackish round supper jumpy ones. Any who, my cat is showing no symptoms of fleas. No flea dirt or excessive itching or sensitivity to being pet around her tail. She hasn’t been treated for fleas in a while because her outdoor space is a second story balcony. But I plan to get something tomorrow since I know its just a good idea. Are there different types of fleas? Possibly a flea that is less attracted to my cat? Even though I have only seen 4 fleas, is an outbreak eminent? Whats a good all natural remedy that I could make that I could spray on my carpet to kill fleas and the eggs?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Nope, a flea is a flea, not much variance in the species. With just 4 fleas, its unlikely you have an outbreak. I wouldn’t really even bother, just keep an eye on the situation. Perhaps try my homemade flea trap (I have an article) so catch the few that might be in your home.

  45. Jj says:

    Has anyone ever have fleas mutate into something so small becauae of so much igr that they start to live under your skin ? Please help dr. Don’t believe me cause they can’t see them . I moved and brought nothing with me . But the problem is me now

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi! No, that is not possible. However, I do recommend that you go visit your doctor to investigate it further.

  46. Ally says:

    This helped me so much. I am in fact a hypochondriac and constantly worry about these things so I very much thank you for posting this for it helped me calm down a bit and I will be sure to take all this into consideration. I may still worry because I’m also paranoid but there’s no way around that so really you don’t know how much I appreciate your help. Have a great day!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ally! Its a pleasure, glad that you find it helpful.

  47. Erin says:

    My three cats had fleas (well, two for sure, the other is black so I couldn’t see if he did even when I washed him). They have all been given flea baths (really fun giving three cats who hate water baths!!!). So now I guess I’m wondering, if I haven’t seen any sign of them in my home, I’m assuming they still might be there? What are the chances that my cats will get them again from somewhere within my home? I have no idea where they cam from in the first place, but I don’t want my cats to get them again. I have small children an hate the idea of using a fogger or something along those lines, so how else can I ensure that they are not in my home and will not get my cats again?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Erin! Give my flea trap a try, it takes a few minutes to make and will help you find and kill the fleas.

  48. 00wrighty says:

    Thank you for providing so much information on here. I’ve found it really helpful. I do not have any pets but have recently found fleas in the house and iny washing :( I’ve found the experience really stressful and I’m hoping to have got rid of the little blood suckers. I know we got the problem after a friends dog got infested as well as their home. They were coming round frequently and unfortunately passed on the problem. Can the dog fleas quite happily live off human blood indefinitely? I’ve bombed the house and cleaned all the washing in the house (that took some doing) treated the washing before putting it away, and am spraying the house frequently. We have also treated the yard, outside shed and car. Do you think this should be enough and is there anything else I can do to ensure they stay out of our home. The friends have treated the dog but are leaving the fleas in the house to die out as they can’t effect the dog anymore. I’ve suggested they treat the house but they say its not nessisary as dog has been treated. I’m very upset by the whole process and have asked them to stay away. They could keep infecting my house yes? Please help xx

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Wrighty! Fleas need animal blood to survive. It sounds like you have done enough, just keep an eye on the situation. If they have treated their dog then it should be fine to have them around again, just be proactive with your flea control.

  49. Brandi Love says:

    I just bought a home and the people I got it from they left fleas behind. I don’t have pets so would exterminator be able to get rid of all the fleas?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Brandi! Yes an exterminator would be able to do that. Send me an email if you would like some free quotes.

  50. Corey says:

    Thank you so much for this article! It helped a lot!My roomate has a cat and he recently had fleas,we took him to the vet and got them out and then called an exterminator and cleaned the carpet but in my room after the extermination there were fleas attacking my feet,could you please give us some advice to solve the problem?thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Corey! Give my flea trap a try, its super cheap to make and will definitely help you.

  51. Whoville says:

    My daughter is very sensitive to bugs! We do have a pet but she never seemed to be as bitten as she is now. She just started summer baseball 3 weeks ago and they practice in the field. So idk where they’re coming from but I do hope I can pin it down :’(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Whoville! Grab a spot on treatment or wash her with dawn soap and warm water. Hope you get it sorted out!

  52. Stephanie says:

    Hi there. So yesterday I was at a friends house and he had a cat. We were laying in his bed and the cat was also. I was cuddling the cat until I saw something jumping in its fur. At first I wasnt sure what it was but the cat had a pretty bad flea problem. When I went home I had found a few fleas on me. I killed one but then the others jumped away. After looking over my body trying to find any, I didn’t so I went to bed because it was pretty late. I’m just wondering what I should do to make sure that the fleas do not stay in my house. Would taking a hot shower and washing my bedding do the trick? I do have a dog but he is on front line and the heart worm pill. Please help..

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Stephanie! I suggest just washing your bedding and using a flea trap (guide on this site) in the rooms. That should be enough since you caught it early.

  53. jessie says:

    Hi, thank you so much for being so informative! I’ve recently noticed my son (11) has flea bites. He knows the dog is not suppose to be on bed but he’s been sleeping with him anyway. He did not tell me he had rash until the itching was unbareable and I noticed these bumps on his arms. He was covered in flea bites I’ve followed all your tips I’m just worried about the patch on his inner ankle it looks discusting, I’ve used some prescription cream to prevent infection that my doctor had prescribed to me last year for a burn. I’m just concerned I could be to late or it could be something else please help REALLY CONCERNED

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jessie! It is a pleasure. That cream should help, don’t worry, your son is not going to have any permanent damage from the bites :) If the bumps don’t go down, I suggest that you take him to the doctor again.

  54. Jennifer says:

    I just noticed fleas a few weeks ago, I believe my step daughter brought them to my house from her mother’s house (they have stray kittens with them). Once I noticed bite marks on my ankles I checked my cats are sure enough they had them, so I went out and bought frontline to treat them right away while I ordered revolution online and am waiting for it to come in the mail. I have a 1 year old at home so I can’t flea bomb or use harsh chemicals, so my question is if I just keep treating my cats monthly with the revolution flea medication will the fleas all eventually die off on their own since they will die if they bite or land on the cats, and they can’t live off humans?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jen! Yes, you are correct, let me know how it goes!

  55. Jay says:

    Wow, I was looking online for some flea infestation relief, and found your site! I have spent a whole day reading remedies and tricks and people’s posts. If I can’t get rid of the fleas in my house now, then I won’t know what to do! I don’t even have indoor pets. We’ve had outdoor pets for 25+ years, and never had fleas in the house before. I know it’s fleas, because many years ago (almost 30) I moved into an apartment infested with fleas. Unfortunately, I am either allergic or OVERLY sensitive to their bites, and I seem to be the most prone to them! My kids are now getting a few bites as well, so I am trying your flea traps and getting some spray today, plus vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, and shower, shower, shower!!! :) They came on in a big hurry, I noticed two bites, which I thought were spider bites, on my ankle about a week to 10 days ago. But now each foot/ankle has a dozen plus, and they’re also on my legs, torso, and neck (ew!!) We did get two stray kittens from a friend about a month ago, which I noticed had fleas. But they were living outside, so I didn’t treat them and they did run away after a couple weeks. :( (Farm cats come and go, I always say.) The only thing I can think of is they lived in our garage for a few nights when we first got them so they wouldn’t wander, and I wonder if some eggs got laid on the carpeted step by the door coming into the house (??). We don’t have any majorly damp, moist, grassy areas that I am concerned about outside. All bushes and shrubs were pulled out by our house this summer when we did some landscaping, and the other animals that we’ve had have not ever seem to have any problems. But I am suffering, so I hope that this does not go on for months, as I’ve read some people have had such problems! Vacuuming seemed to help a great deal, but our house is so large and spread out, I do not know if these buggers are confined to any room (certainly not just carpeted rooms as I’ve found them in my linoleum bathroom and kitchen as well!). I hate to bomb the place; it would take a dozen bombs for both the ground floor and basement, and I don’t know when we’d all be gone for a whole day. I’m going to check into some spray, though, and try the traps, as I mentioned. I went through the disgusting problem of de-lousing my house (a different house then, much smaller!) when my 21-year-old was then 5 and had come home from her first week of Kindergarten with lice. Ugh! I told myself it was not a life or death situation, that I would get through it, and I did. I know it takes a lot of time and hard work, and this will as well. (To be truthful, though, it is rather sickening and upsetting, knowing these blood-suckers are in your home!) I am hoping in less than a month to be able to report that I have gotten this situation under control, if not totally eliminated, with all the great advice you’ve shared here. I have nothing but sympathy for anyone going through this irritating, annoying, disgusting problem! Thanks for the very informative website!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jay! Thanks for sharing your experiences, lovely long comment hehe! I also appreciate your kind words, please share my site with your friends :)

      • Jay says:

        Hey, I’m happy to say that I believe all trace of fleas are gone from our home! I still change all our bedding VERY often (just in case!), and vacuum everything. I haven’t sprayed for a while, but the Raid flea spray worked well, I think. Also, kudos to you and your flea traps!!! I used a gallon ice cream pail lid, but the first night I set one, I didn’t realize the lid had a hole… so my soapy water leaked, but it pooled a little in the lid and there was a flea in it!! Next night, three in a trap in my kids’ room, one in the living room, and three more in the kitchen. YUCK! But dead, so YEA!! I sprayed and vacuumed and repeated traps until I found no more, and my bites have subsided (but not before I had at least 150 bites over several weeks– and I am not exaggerating. Honestly. My feet, ankles and legs were the worst.) So thank you, thank you, and good luck to all those still fighting the battle! You will win, and you will have the cleanest house on the block!! :o)

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Jay! Thanks for getting back to us, sorry for the late response. I really appreciate your feedback and well done, you deserve the victory!

  56. Kevin says:

    Hi, Natasha

    After reading your article on fleas I’m starting to get the sneaking suspicion that my dogs may have them. They have been scratching themselves far, far more than normal. I’m bringing them to the vet tomorrow for a checkup so I know for sure. I believe it may be due to a kennel my father purchased for them two or so weeks ago. In that length of the time, would it be wise to call an exterminator or first attempt some kind of spray? Also, my dogs have been allowed on my bed during this time without any type of covering. Should I be looking for a new mattress or just attempt to clean it?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kevin! If you want quick results, just call an exterminator. Alternatively, try some DE, borax or flea traps, I have articles on all three of these subjects.

  57. Tracy says:

    Hi, I recently found a baby bird (a dove I think) that was blown out of it’s nest during a storm. I brought him inside the house (I was wearing gloves) and had him in a box…he was only inside for around 8 hrs.or so then he died but about 5 days later I noticed my cat scratching, nothing unusual but I pay special attention to her so I noticed it right away…thought maybe she had ear mites. The next day (day 6) I was petting her face and there was a couple of fleas on her, I started fluffing the fur on her cheeks every 20 to 30 minutes and each time got a few fleas, maybe a total of 7-10. I immediately bathed her in Palmolive dish soap in the tub and the next day went to my vet and got a Capstar pill and Frontline plus. I did not see any fleas on her after that until 2 days later and then there were only two and I got those two also….went back to vet and gave her another Capstar (4 days after the first pill) and washed EVERYTHING… sheets, clothes, rugs and pulled all my furniture away from the walls and vacuumed, shampooed carpets and steam them as well as my furniture, threw all the throw pills and bed pillows in dryer for at least 20 minutes and then bagged them. Spayed entire house with IGR spray from my vet and continued to vacuum every other day. Two more days past and as I was combing her found 2 more but one was moving very slow and I caught those two as well. I haven’t seen a flea on her or otherwise in 4 days now and never had any on me…do you think I have done enough since I believe I caught it in time before it became an infestation or am I kidding myself? I was so tired from spending four days straight constantly clean washing and vacuuming that I was feeling like my ulcers are trying to come back. Please any advice would be appreciated and hopefully relieve my OCD thought of another round because I missed something. Thank you for any advice.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Tracy! By the sounds of it, you nipped the problem in the bud and shouldn’t have any issues. You did a good thing as well, I am sure that the bird is grateful :)

  58. Gladis says:

    Hi so my puppy had fleas on him and when I was taking the fleas of him one of the fleas flow off of my dog.Will the fleas spread around my house?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Gladis! A single flea shouldn’t cause any issues, just keep an eye on the situation.

  59. Chrissy says:

    Question. … my dogs love to lay under my bed and I found out they have fleas! Can fleas stay under my bed and lay eggs?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Chrissy! Yes they can.

  60. lexy says:

    Hi natasha.. I’ve been washing my dogs spraying the flea spray used the flea carpet powder washed my own with baking soda and lemon scented dish soap I found on another site.. I’d like to avoid the bomb but if I have to I will anything else I can do? I have 3 boys under the age of 3.. the bomb says it needs 2 hours to treat and 2 hours to air out.. would I need to wash everything I can afterwards?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Lexy, yes there are a number of options under the fleas category on this blog. Sorry for the late response by the way, are you still having this issue?

  61. mona says:

    thank you so much!!! very helpful :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Mona, it is a pleasure!

  62. Bri says:

    Hi Natasha

    I recently found a couple fleas on each of my dogs. This was after seeing flea dirt in my bed (dogs lay in the bed each morning). I immediately panicked, gave them each a flea bath, applied frontline plus. Same day I deep cleaned my home, washed all bedding( theirs and mine) and spray IGR around their areas and baseboards. We had one large area rug that we got rid of, and I sprayed our throw rugs after washing. I’ve done daily checks with a flea comb and haven’t found any since the day I treated. I’ve also sprayed my whole house with an IGR that also kills adult fleas. I’ve probably vacuumed 10 times. This has all been since last Sunday, so 8 days. Is there anything else I should do? I’m so paranoid it’s all I can think about. Oh, I also did the trap for the first few nights and never got anything. Despite not finding anymore fleas or flea dirt on the dogs, the one is biting at her legs and itching a lot. I’m guessing she is still itchy from her bites? Does it sound like I’ve done enough? Thanks!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Bri, yeah she might be itchy from old bites so it sounds like you have done enough :) However, it has been awhile (sorry about the delay), are you still having issues?

  63. Angel says:

    Hi there thank you soooo much for all this info. I have some questions also. Yesterday i went to the thrift store for some props for my halloween party including a teddy bear. I went on my lunch break and purchased it andleft ot in the plastic zshopping bag in my car until i got home. Maybe 4-5 hours it sat in my car. When i got home i took the bag and placed it on the kitchen table. Later on in the evening i took the teddy bear out of the bag to see if it would glow in the black light as soon as i turned on the black light thats when i realized it had fleas on it. I immediately threw it outside and ultimately burned it and thr bag it was in in my fire pit.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Angel, it has been awhile (sorry for the late response), are you still having any flea issues?

  64. Jamie G says:

    I baby sit a little girl who showed up with fleas in her hair (for the last two days). Im wondering if there is anything I can do to protect my children from getting them. I have treated my home, washed bedding, and I keep my dog treated regularly. My daughter and this girl play very close and like to hug. I am terrified that she will get them. Also, does Dawn dish soap work to kill them on a human? Thanks in advance for the help.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jamie, just make sure that you wash clothing, etc. afterwards, you should be fine honestly :)

  65. A says:

    Thank you for this informative article. Recently, I went to a pet shelter. I held a cat and petted it for 7 seconds top. The lady failed to mention that the cat had fleas until after I had touched it. I am so freaked out that I have gotten fleas. I have not seen any black dots or anything just. However I just want to check. What is the chance of getting fleas from these circumstances?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi A, just wash your clothes and you should be fine, unlikely that you suddenly have a massive flea problem from just that.

  66. Becky says:

    Loved this article, very helpful! Wanted to ask you about our situation. We were staying at a friends because we are in between houses, we have a 4 month old baby and a 2 year old shihtzu that is on Nexgard. The people we were staying with have a dog who has fleas and now we are nervous that our stuff and everything has flea eggs on it. I found one flea on our dog and I’m nervous about having them on us and the baby. Should I be concerned??

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Becky, you don’t need to worry, just wash your stuff when you get home and you will be fine :)

  67. Girlie girl says:

    Hey love this lots of info one question if I flew bomb the two bedrooms where i think fleas have layed eggs do I need to wash all the clothing and bedding that’s in those rooms

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi there, I would wash all the bedding but the clothes should be fine, provided they were in your closet.

  68. Amy Rivera says:

    Hello, so I recently found out my dog has fleas, she slept in my bed with me this morning. Without knowing it I just so happened to wash all my sheets, but I had a hamper of clothes on my floor. Is there a chance that the fleas could have gotten on me and or in my hair or even on my clothes in the hamper on the floor. Super worried to the point where I’m feeling super itchy but I have no bites

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Amy, just wash everything, wash your dog in warm water and dawn soap and use my DIY flea traps for awhile and you will be sorted. Good luck!

  69. Susan says:

    i rescued a 5 week old kitten about two months ago. She had fleas so I gave her baths until she was old enough to put Advantage on. She cried all night when we first got her so we stupidly let her sleep with us, now she insists on it and bangs into our bedroom door and becomes freaked out if we won’ t let her sleep with us. Anyway she still has fleas, we had our rugs cleaned, we sprayed, and washed all of our bedding. We still have little fleas and possibly eggs. We have fleas on us and all over the house stlll . It is driving us crazy. Any suggestions? Terminix said that if they come out we will need to be out of the house for 4 hours which is fine since we work but I don’t know what to do with my cat. She gets traumatized whenever we put her in her carrier and take her to the vets. All our friends and family have pets so don’t want to take to their houses for the four hours.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Susan, by the sounds of it, that exterminator visit might be necessary. I suggest you take your cat out though as they recommended, I know it’s hard but it cannot stay in the house. Also, if you havn’t done his yet, let me know if you need a quote for an exterminator, I can organize you an affordable price.

  70. Nicole says:

    Hi Natasha. My dog keeps scratching himself nonstop and I keep scratching my head. I’ve always had a bad case of excema, and my scalp is always dry. Do you think i have fleas? How can I check for them? Thank iOS.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Nicole, please check my article about dog fleas and my other one about “flea dirt” as this will help you figure out if you have fleas or not.

  71. Liz says:

    I was just visiting with someone who has a cat and I found out their cat has fleas. The cat brushed up against my legs, and coat a few times. I’m worried now about the cat transferring fleas to me and then myself transferring them to my cat when I get home from work. Is that a possibility? How can I prevent this from happening?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Liz, just hot wash your clothes, I am sure that you didn’t catch anything though from that brief encounter :)

  72. Ziad says:

    Hi Natasha. My cat has fleas and I was wondering since you said that if they get onto humans then we should just take a shower. Would showering my cat remove his fleas then? (Just wondering, I’m not necessarily going to do that)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ziad, yes it is really as easy as that :)

  73. Rachel says:

    Hi there!
    I have discovered some little red areas on my skin. They don’t itch, but they look like bites. I have two cats, and we delt with a flea problem about 6 months ago. Could this be fleas again? What would be the easiest and cost-friendly way to get rid of them? Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Rachel, yes it could be, most cost effective is a wash in warm water with dawn dish soap but your cats might kill you ;)

  74. Gabs says:

    Hey Natasha,

    It’s so kind of you to be offering all this advice to people! I’ve read most of your posts now to educate myself! You’re clearly a very generous soul.

    I’d really appreciate your advice. My partner and I live on a very small, old wooden boat with loads of little hard to reach corners and cracks in the floorboards etc. It’s really hard to vacuum everywhere. Our neighbour’s cat used to be allowed to come in (he hasn’t been in for at least 2 weeks now) and unfortunately we are now infested with fleas. Every day we wake up with new very painful bites, and we have both seen a flea, tried to catch it, and seen it jump away.

    Our neighbour has treated her cat. Meanwhile we’ve washed all our bed linen, vacuumed loads, put an anti-flea powder treatment on the floor, and used natural spray on our curtains and beanbags. It’s still really bad so I’ve bought a fogger and we will use that soon. I’m wondering, 1) if we should also put some DE under our bed for a day, and 2) use a flea trap in our clothes cupboard? 3) I also wondered if we can keep our clothes cupboard open while we use the fogger so that it treats the inside of that. Or is that dangerous for us / will it ruin our clothes? I know we need to treat our clothes somehow but it seems kind of crazy to wash every item… 4) Is there anything else you could reccomend that we should do?!

    Many thanks in advance!

    Gabs

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Gabs, sorry to hear that you are struggling and thanks for reading my articles :) To answer your questions, starting from the first one: Yes definitely do that, good idea but make sure you use a battery operated light then as a candle as that could be a fire hazard, if you use DE/flea traps in the cupboard, you won’t need to keep the doors open so rather don’t and lastly, use DE in more places than just your bed. I know its a mission to clean up but it will help if you put it everywhere where fleas could be hiding. Hope that helps!

  75. Karma says:

    I am freaked out … It seams I have like a yellowish shade to me And my dogs … I live in a high humidity area where there are a lot of deer that are in my yard … I shower constantly it seems but I can’t seems to get rid of this shadowy apperance … I know it’s fleas … How do u get this off of me ?? Is it the eggs or what ?? I am beyond freaked out … Maybe I’m over reacting but it feels like they are all over me … In my nose and ears too ….. Please help !! I am constantly washing clothes, blankets, etc. And sweeping and washing my floors …. Am I so freaked out that I’m imagining it ??? But when i rub my skin I see tiny black dots …. And i do have the bites your talking about

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Karma, to be honest, I think there is something else wrong here. I suggest you go see your doctor immediately, don’t delay please.

  76. Erin says:

    Hi Natasha,

    Yesterday me and my family rescued a young squirrel and took him to a wildlife center, and of course the squirrel had fleas. I found one on me while we were there and squashed it, and we did have the shoebox the squirrel was in inside the house before we left, but being held by someone and not left anywhere to sit if that makes sense. When we got back home we washed our clothes in hot water and also treated our three cats with Frontline immediately. I felt really itchy then and today even after a shower but there don’t seem to be any bites and I guess I’m just feeling anxious about it. Do you think that with the minor contact and the precautions we took already it should be fine even if we have a stray flea floating around or something?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Erin, honestly, you should be fine. Just keep an eye out :)

      • Erin says:

        Thank you! No sign of anything still and the cats seem perfectly fine themselves, not scratching a bunch or anything. I figure dry skin and the power of suggestion had something to do with my itching.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Erin, hehe that is good news, hope it stays that way!

  77. AAC says:

    I stopped at friends house who I know previously had fleas. I’m not sure if they are gone now. Anyways the dog brushed up against my legg a few times. Do you think I caught any from the that? I’m nervous I’ll give it to my dog or myself. Thanks

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi AAC! I wouldn’t worry, just keep an eye out for any and take immediate action if you find some.

  78. Victoria says:

    Hi Natasha,
    My dog has fleas. I think she got them from our neighbors dog because their dog is always outside. I use medicated shampoo for my dog that is specifically for ticks and fleas. But after washing her the next day she’s itching up a storm. I think they hold on to her hair for dear life as I’m washing her. What can I do to get rid of them? Also, I heard of the soapy water candle trap. If I place a trap next to my dogs kennel at night while she’s sleeping, will the fleas near her and on her leave her body??

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Victoria, yes that will work, give it a try. Maybe use a tea light with a small battery though as your dog might knock the trap over.

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