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.

    • 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!

  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 :)

  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 ;)

  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!

  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.

  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. 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. :)

  28. 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. :)

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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 :)

  32. 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 ;)

  33. 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 ;)

  34. 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 :)

  35. 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 :)

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. 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. :)

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

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