Flea Bites – Effective Home Remedies and Treatments

Flea bites often result in very itchy skin which can often escalate into a serious infection if not treated correctly. My husband suffers from fairly bad allergies and when he was bitten by a few fleas that our puppy had brought into the house, he developed a terrible rash that made scratching almost impossible to resist. Also, since fleas feed on blood, sometimes they can also carry some nasty bacteria that can further aggravate the situation. However, there is no need to panic as we are going to look at a variety of ways to deal with them and also explore a few effective measures that you can take to get rid of fleas as quickly as possible. As you will see, home remedies work very well for someone who has suffered from a flea bite and they are also very cheap. If you are looking specifically for information on getting rid of fleas on puppies or adult dogs, check out that article for additional info after you finish reading this guide. Lets take a few moments to explore our options and I will let you choose the method that is best for you and your family (as well as your budget).

Symptoms – What Do Flea Bites Look like?

These bites usually cause red bumps on the skin that look very much like a mosquito bites, tick bites or even bed bug bites. However, if you have fleas that have taken the opportunity to bite you, there are usually more then one bite in the same area. Many people have asked me, “can people get fleas” and for the benefit of anyone reading this article, remember this: While fleas prefer animals, is actually rather common for fleas to drink the blood of humans. As you can imagine, this situation needs quick identification to prevent complications.

Damage caused by flea bites Take a moment to look at flea picture on this page. Notice that although this is a fairly severe case and its unlikely that you have it this bad, do you notice how there are many bites in a single place? Sometimes these bites also appear in lines across the skin of the victim. As mentioned in the introduction, those with sensitive skin will often develop a rash that gets worse when you scratch it. Most of the time, these flea bite marks will be itchy and cause discomfort during the day so it’s a good idea to treat them as soon as possible. I will go through a few ways that this can be done but first, how is it possible that people do not feel a flea biting the skin?

How Come I Do Not Feel the Flea When It Bites?

Despite the fact that fleas are tiny and make a very tiny hole in your skin to feed on your blood, they also inject a natural anesthetic that numbs the target area and that’s why you don’t feel them when they bite. However, it has been reported that some people feel a tiny prick when it bites but in my personal experience, I feel absolutely nothing, even when I had multiple bites on my back a couple months ago. At this point, perhaps you are certain that you have suffered from a flea bite. What are a few things that you should not do if you don’t want to make the situation worse. What does The Bug Squad recommend for the treatment of flea bites?

Dealing with Flea Bites – Couple Warnings

  1. Do not touch or rub the problem area. Keep you fingers and other potential sources of bacteria away from the flea bites! Bacteria from these places has the potential to infect the flea bites which is definitely something you want to avoid.
  2. Do not start scratching the affected area! Personally, a had a few moments where I just could not help it but try and reduce it as much as possible as it can slow down the healing process. If you have sensitive skin, this can also cause a rash that will require further treatment that would be unnecessary if you had just resisted the urge to scratch. I know its hard but lets work together on this!
  3. Do not take a hot shower, thinking it may help the itching! The temperature actually worsens the itchiness and you want to avoid this if possible. Slightly warm water is fine.

Natural Methods for Treating These Bites

  1. Do you enjoy having a delicious cup of tea with your breakfast or perhaps after a long day at work? I know that I do! Put those used teabags to good use and place them on your flea bite to reduce the itchiness and tenderness of the skin. Just make sure that you keep milk away from the teabag and remember to wet it with cold water before placing it on your skin. I have been told (although I have not had an opportunity to try it myself) that Comfrey tea is especially good for treating flea bites so give that a try if you have it.
  2. Lemon juice can be applied to the skin to take away some of the itch and although it may tingle slightly, its also good to keep the area free of bacteria!
  3. If you have a cold pack that you normally use on sprains or bruises, you can also put that on the area affected by the flea bites. Ice also works fairly well, although its a bit wet for my liking!
  4. Lavender oil can be used to keep the inflammation down and to disinfect the targeted area and basil oil can be used to relieve itchiness.
  5. You can also use a natural power plant called Aloe Vera. I keep a bottle of this for a number of home remedies and it also does wonders to accelerate the healing process if you have been bitten by fleas.
  6. Another great remedy for a flea bite is plain old baking soda. Simply mix it with water and place it on the flea bite for a couple minutes and you should start feeling relief.
  7. On a final note, just washing the area with soap and water a couple times a day is important to keep the area free of bacteria.

Product Based Solutions for Treating Bites

  1. Calamine lotion is very good and I have personally used this when I was bitten by fleas. In addition, its recommended by a number of the top medical websites on the internet so its definitely been scientifically proven and tested with good results. If you are going to go the product route, this is something that I recommend for the readers of this blog.
  2. Antihistamines, both in the oral (although this usually makes me sleepy so don’t take one before you go to work in the morning ;)) and cream variations are excellent solutions for allergic flea bite reactions caused by their bites.

In conclusion, I highly recommend trying the natural options first, especially if you only have a bite marks that you would like treat. These are cheap and have amazing results. However, if you do not see any results from either the natural or the product suggestions, please consult your local doctor for further advice. If you leave a comment below, I will try my very best to get back to you within 24 hours so please do that if you are confused about any part of this guide. Thanks! :)

Authors Note: Please note that despite a number of rumors (and a ton of emails from our visitors) regarding HIV/AIDS being transmitted by fleas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has assured us that these are completely false. Please share that fact with friends and family so they are not unnecessarily fearful of flea bites! If you would like to learn more, here is another article about how to get rid of fleas naturally (mostly) that you can put to good use for flea removal. It contains a number of additional tips that I am sure you will find useful :)

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. NancyBillion says:

    Should I use Lavender leaves or the flowers? Which one is better? Or should I use the oil?
    Does burning lavender scented candles held keep fleas away?
    Nancy B

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Nancy!

      I personally would rather use the oil as its conveniant and I always have some in the home but using the leaves (not the flowers though) will also work rather well. Just grind them up a bit and place them on the flea bite and you should feel some relief after a couple minutes. As for your second question, lavender scented candles can keep fleas away but there are easier ways then keeping a candle burning all day. Check out a few of the flea articles on this blog (category list is at the top) and you will find a few great flea prevention methods that really work :)

  2. Bev says:

    Hey Natasha, The other day I got bitten by a flea on my arm. Its very itchy so I’ve been scratching in and it bleed and got bigger. It has a scab and I picked at it will this make it worse and scar?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Bev! When you get a flea bite, its very important to resist the urge to scratch it as it can potentially leave a scar if you damage the skin excessively. In addition however, remember that it will also take longer to heal and I am sure that you want to avoid that if possible. I recommend trying a few of the soothing remedies mentioned in this article to bring your some relief and take away the temptation to scratch ;)

  3. ChristyAndMyLittleSoldier says:

    Hello good morning! Can I ask a question? When I woke up this morning, my baby boy has 2 red bumps that’s the same as the picture above. I am very worried because he is just only 3 months old and I’m very scared to give him medicine and such. I suspect that it’s fleas! What should I do please? I’ve been leaving comments to many websites this morning but none of them answered…

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Christy! Since its a very young child, I would recommend taking him to a doctor. While it sounds like its fleas, it could also be a bed bug bite or even a spider bite and its not worth risking it. I know it may look like im trying to avoid answering the question but unless you can send me a photo, please rather seek a medical professional for your baby :)

      • Samantha says:

        Hey Natasha my name is samantha im 13 my cat bring several fleas in oir house they live in our tub because we left for 2 1/2 weeks I just want to ask wat can I do to get them all out my house ii see little bumps on me my family seen them on their body alot their kinda pink are they flea bites can idie from them :(

  4. Yanni :3 says:

    Hi Natasha, I have this red circle bumps on my legs. I think they’re bites from fleas. I’m looking for a good brand. It doesn’t matter if it’s expensive or cheap as long it is effective. Also my husband said vitamin C contradicts the allergic reaction of these bites, what do you think? Also do you have good products or natural remedies to prevent myself getting flea bites? It took years to develop my beautiful legs and I don’t want to ruin them just because of those pesky bugs! :(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Yanni! Vitamin C helps to build your immune system and while it may make your more resilient to various infections, its not going to be the cure for your bites. The best way to prevent flea bites is to have a proactive flea control routine to ensure that you keep fleas away in the first place. As for your current bites, the bites wont damage your legs permanently, just don’t scratch them and get yourself some antihistamine cream and they should disappear after a couple days, provided you don’t have a flea problem in your home :)

  5. Mary says:

     I have some red bumps on my cheeks. I think they’re flea bites. Desperately, i’m worried what would happen to my face if i put on some flea bite cream. Do you have any natural remedies that aren’t hazardous to my face? I’m now staying here in my grandfather’s place because i need to get some country vibe in me. I’m stressed because of these bites! =((((

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mary! Without a picture its a bit hard to diagnose (you are welcome to send me one) but if you know you have a flea problem in the home then its likely they are flea bites. There is no need to stress, keep your face clean of bacteria by washing it with soap and dap lemon juice on the bites, simple as that. You will also need to get rid of the fleas so they don’t bite again and I encourage you to check out my articles on the subject. Good luck and thanks for leaving feedback!

  6. Sherrie Higgin says:

    Is there anything that fleas hate that i can spray on myself to prevent flea bites ..we had the place expertly sprayed and i realize it does take time to get rid of them but i am getting bit and it is driving me crazy …please help!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Heya! Absolutely, you can use citrus oil that is diluted with a little water to keep them away. You can also wear long pants and shoes but of course, if the infestation is as bad as it sounds, you need to get rid of those fleas asap, feel free to drop me a message if you want some personal assistance :)

      • linda says:

        what are some safe ways to get rid of fleas in the home , yard and on pets? this is the second time we’ve ever had fleas in the fourteen years we have been in this home and the first time i used the chemical tubes sqeezed onto my dogs which i really hate to use as i am one who likes natural methods. i have applied food grade diatomaceous earth onto my dog and in the area of yard and small room we have her confined in now that we know she has fleas. it is very frustrating as though the fleas may die, the eggs do not until hatched. i am at a loss as to what to do that is safe AND effective. thank you.

  7. Lucy Miller says:

    Will they just go away if I don’t scratch them and clean them? Or do I have to get stuff for them like this?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lucy! Yes, they will eventually go away, depending on the inflammation of course. If you can resist the urge to scratch them and after some time the redness starts to reduce in size, then you can just leave it to heal itself. However, since there are such simple ways to reduce the itchiness and help the swelling, I would advise rather using these remedies where possible. :)

    • Glenda Mending says:

      I work in home care nursing and the house had 2 cats and I am getting eaten I’ve by the fleas. They are around my ankles up my legs and on my stomach. These people won’t do anything to kill them and I can’t keep them from biting me daily!! Help!

      • Natasha Anderson says:

        Hey Glenda! Sorry I missed your comment, it slipped past without me replying, my bad. Anyways, since you can’t exactly use any foggers or the like in your place of work, I recommend using some DE or borax (completely safe) on the carpets, perhaps during a quiet time. It only needs to be on the floor for about 4-12 hours (brush it in) and then it can be vacuumed up. You will see results and will find relief. The good news is that its very cheap as well. Good luck!

  8. Ella says:

    Hey! I guess I also joined the club! I recently have moved in to a pretty old apartment and started to realise tiny red bumps on my lower hand, belly and upper leg.. I’m not really sure weather they are bed bug bites or flea bites or something completely different. I would like to share a photo with you but I’m not really clear how do I do that.
    Thanks a lot in advance,
    Stay flea-less

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ella! You can email me by using the contact form at the top of this blog (in the menu bar), I would love to see it and help you further. Just a small one though, I finished an article on bed bug bites a couple weeks back and it has some epic photos, check them out in the bed bugs category on this website.

  9. Lani says:

    How many hours after they bite does the red bump appear and the itching start? These (2011-2013) have been the worst couple of years here in California for fleas. I only have one dog that has been either on Advantix or Frontline and the fleas keep coming back. Yes, we also spray and vacuum the house often AND spray the yard!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lani! Sorry for the late response. Yeah I have had similar reports of flea problems in California, very strange. Anyways, it seems that your treatment routine is good but I bet you are not using a spray that contains an insect growth repellent. If you use an IGR, this prevents the eggs from hatching, causing a repeat infestation every couple months. Hope that helps, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

  10. Stephanie says:

    does anyone know how can i avoid fleas biting me while i am cutting grasses or doing my yard works ? i got flea bites all the time doing outside works in my backyard. Thanks all.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Stephanie! My recommendation to stop getting those bites is to get rid of those pests in your yard by using borax powder, once a day on your grass when its nice and dry. After a couple days, you will see a massive drop in the number of fleas and they will stop bugging you, literally ;) Otherwise you can always use a garden flea treatment spray but try the borax method first!

  11. eecc says:

    can I use borax in my house on my carpet? will this eliminate fleas too?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Eecc! Absolutely, in fact this is one of my recommendations when it comes to killing fleas on carpets. I have an entire article dedicated to this subject and since I feel that you will definitely benefit from it, check it out under the fleas category at the top of this blog. Good luck!

  12. Danielle says:

    Hi Natasha! My story is quite different from many. My scalp has been itchy for 10 years now. I see black specs (they feel cotton ball-like) on my pillow and I tend to get bitten on my arms, my face and now on the back of my thigh. Lice and bed bugs have been ruled out. Interesting enough, I used an all natural lice product (ClearLice) and it worked. However, this relief lasted only two days. My kids tend to scratch their heads as well, but nowhere as frequent as me. I have never owned any pets. On a different note, my hubby would spend much time with his brother who owns a dog. If in fact you suspect fleas, judging by this information, what means do I take to rid my apartment of these suckers? Do I treat our hair first or work on the apartment first? Thank you and I pray that this will put an end to my 10 year misery.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Danielle! Personally, I highly doubt that the itchiness on your scalp is being caused by fleas. I am not a health expert but I actually have experienced a similar frustration a couple years back and it was something called seborrhea (do a quick Google search for it). You need a treatment that is specific to that to find relief and I sincerely hope that helps you with that. Anyways, back to insects, my first thought was bed bugs (check out my article on this subject for more info) and although you have ruled that out, please do me a favor. Change the pillow case and the next time you see the black dots, place them on a white piece of paper and add a little water to “smear” them. If they are reddish brown then it may be bed bug feces. Looking forward to your reply :)

      • Danielle says:

        Thanks for your response Natasha. I read your article on bed bugs, which was extremely informative and very well written. I definitely don’t have bed bugs. Those bites looked horrible. My issue has been ongoing for 10 years and if it was bed bugs, my house would be crazy infested. I checked our mattresses carefully. Besides, we purchased these mattresses less than a year ago. I saw my doctor this past Saturday and she told me that it looked like dermatitis and that I definitely didn’t have lice. I also told her that I pass the metal NIX come through my hair in the shower (because it’s fine toothed) and I end up wiping off cream like stuff (like anti-fungal cream) from the comb. I know it sounds gross and I do apologize, but it is what it is. She said that was dead skin cells. I have a friend who makes fantastic soaps, shampoos and conditioners. She’s going to make me some pine tar shampoo and conditioner. I pray that works out well. I’d like to know if you had the black specs issue? I’ll try your paper test but I’d like to add that in water, it remains black. Thanks so much Natasha. You are too sweet!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Danielle! Thanks for your kind words and I am glad that you found some actionable content :) Let me know if you need any other pest control assistance and I will be happy to help you or your friends :)

        • Danielle says:

          Thank you Natasha!

  13. stacey says:

    How long does it take before a bite becomes an itchy bump?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Stacy! It really varies, depending on how sensitive your skin is to their bites. However, in saying that, I have found that after being bitten by a flea, I start to get rather itchy after about 30min or so. Hope that helps, let me know if you need anything else.

  14. Jessica Rae says:

    Hi Natasha!

    My house is infested with cat fleas and it drive me nuts. If I sit on my floor for a few secs I get bitten immediatly! I have multiple bites on my legs and on my ankles. I tried to mix salt and baking soda and sprinkle a bunch onto my carpet. But I found a flea on my leg when I sat down even with the salt and baking soda on the floor. Do you have any suggestions for treatment for flea scars and what else could I use to kill them, a natural way?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jessica! Sorry to hear about your flea problem, it sounds like its rather severe. While I usually advocate natural products, in your case I recommend using a flea bomb and follow it up with a borax or DE treatment. I have articles on all three of these subjects that you can take a look at. As for your scars, I have used tissue oil in the past and after a couple months, they will fade and become barely visible. Good luck :)

      • Jessica Rae says:

        Thank you for replying! I havent heard of using tissue oil before, but I hope that works best! Ive heard of mederma, and using cocoa butter and vaseline, but do you think the tissue oil will be most effective? Thanks!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Jessica! Absolutely, I find that tissue oil has had the best results for me in the past.

        • Jessica Rae says:

          I found bio oil is that and I think thats tissue oil right?

  15. Paulette says:

    Thank you I have bites on my left leg and ankle. The ice pack is great with hydrocortisone cream. Should I cover with gauze to avoid scratching?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Paul, sorry about the late response, been having issues with my internet recently. If you can resist the urge to scratch it you should be fine but if you would prefer, there is nothing wrong with covering it as you suggested. Hope that they heal soon, let me know if you need any further help!

  16. Erica Jade says:

    Hey! What’s the best store brand product to get rid of flea bites? And to remove scars?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Erica! I suggest trying an Aloe Vera gel as this will ease the itchiness, reduce the swelling and is completely natural so it shouldn’t have any adverse effects if you have sensitive skin. Try your best not to scratch the bites as it may give you additional scars in the future. As for any scars you currently have, I suggest using a bio oil on them each day. Keep in mind that removing scars is not guaranteed but I have found that it definitely reduces their visibility on the skin. Good luck!

  17. annie says:

    u dnt tell the way how can we escape from the fleas how do we eradicate them. i have a ten months baby and he bites flea i never knw firstly i think he have some alergic problem on his face bt bt later i came to knw these are fleas bite he is infected in feet 2 n m so worried about him

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Annie! I highly recommend you seek medical attention for your baby, especially since he has had a reaction to the bites. As for eradicating the fleas, please check out my dedicated guides on this subject by clicking on the fleas category. There are a number that you can review and I am 100% sure you will find a solution that will work for you :)

  18. Dana Allen says:

    Hello Miss Natasha! I stumbled across your very informative articles this evening while doing a search on fleas and how to get rid of them. Moreover, we have begun the life-cycle treatments and hope to be rid of the infestation soon – but between my boyfriend and I – I am the only one who seems to get bit by these darn things, and I mean REALLY BIT! Meanwhile, we have never seen a flea on him, nor witnessed a bite anywhere on his body. I am absolutely miserable and he remains un-bugged.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Dana! I am glad that you have found them useful :) Some people do have the tendency to be targeted more by insects, I have not quite figured it out but since I also have the same problem, I am just going to go with the idea that I am just tasty :P Anyways, once you have got rid of the fleas, you should have some relief from the bites but in the meantime, you can use lemon juice to ease the itching and kill any bacteria :)

  19. Malisa says:

    Hi Natasha! We have been fighting fleas since end of March. My 12yr old daughter seems to be their favorite. We treated our cat and things seemed to settle down, then we got our puppy in early May and he had to have come with fleas! We have bug bombed 2x in the last month, we vacuum 3-4x a week and wash our and the dogs bedding weekly. I have treated the dog with oral and topical treatments but he continues to have fleas on him, we have sprayed our whole yard with insecticides, lemon dish soap, lavender oil and eucalyptus oil yet I have seen 4 fleas in the past 2 days (and we just bombed sunday!) and our daughter has got more bites, probably 100 visible bits on her at this point, the MD’s, vets, pharmacists have rec. benadryl and cortisone cream. I am out of ideas and exhausted from this battle, can you throw out any other suggestions for us to try?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Malisa! Sometimes fleas become resistant to certain types of flea products, I have seen it happen before so I recommend trying an alternative brand, perhaps Frontline or Advantage. As for the rest of your house, it sounds like at this point, the infestation is fairly severe and its in your best interest to get the entire house treated by a professional. In the meantime, I recommend leaving a fairly longterm application of DE or borax powder (I have an article on both of these) while you do perform the steps you mentioned in your comment. Hit me up if you need more help and I will help you personally :)

  20. Scott Siegel says:

    I am hyper alergic to Flea bites – I had a real bad experience with them years ago…and just like a bad dream….they came back last week…my legs (up to my knee’s are covered in bites) My daughter’s too!!! YIKES!! any suggestions for hardwood flooring?? The major location we seem to be having issues with is in our family room – but it’s hardwood flooring??? Most of our whole house is that as well – so I’m perplexed as to what to use? any suggestions? THANKS SO MUCH!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Scott! Yes, Diatomaceous Earth will work nicely on your wooden floors. It may look a bit unsightly for awhile but it can even find its way into cracks to really get those pests that may be hiding in there. I recommend doing this while treating your pets and performing the normal cleanup of your house, vacuuming, washing, etc. You can also use DE on your carpets :)

      • Rachel72 says:

        Hello, Could you please give us an idea where DE can be purchased in a small rural town? We have a small walmart and some grocery stores, and an unreliable pool supply store but that’s about it. I too have hardwood floors. Am I correct in thinking that if I apply DE to my floors, that it will look like I have sprinkled potting soil on my floors? Is DE safe for animals to walk through? How long do I leave the DE on the floors before I vacuum it up? I have 2 cats, 3 dogs and a ferret. I treat all the animals (minus the ferret) monthly with Sergeant’s Gold Flea and tick spot treatment and the dogs just got a bath with RidFlea and Tick shampoo by Hartz. and I still have fleas trying to take over my house. I went through this flea infestation about 6 years ago and I felt like the dirtiest person on the block. I used 10 flea bombs and 4 cans of Flea Spray with IGR and it still took almost 3 weeks to clear my house, not to mention the sticky residue the bombs left behind and having to wash all my clothes and linens and cover the furniture with sheets as directed on the bomb cans. I don’t want to go through this again! also, I have what I now believe (because my dogs sleep in my room or in my bed) is a line of little red bites on my left cheek. They are bumpy and itch like crazy, I am going to try the lemon juice, but I am not overly eager to feel the burn. =( Thanks for your help, and for keeping this blog current and relevant. So many others have info from 2010 or later and that really annoys me.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Rachel! If you can get access to internet i recommend purchasing it online. Despite your location, most of the time you can get it delivered by the supplier or just couriered to you (just dont get any pool grade DE). DE is white in appearance and while it will be visible on your floors, it wont need to stay there forever and its not too much of an eyesore. Its safe for animals and humans, Before you use any of those chemicals (besides the spot on treatment for your pets), use the DE on the floor and vacuum it up each night. Rub it into any carpets (with a broom) and do the same thing, just leave it for about 10 hours. Repeat this for a couple days and you will be amazed at the results. At that point, maybe use a fogger but it should be absolutely necessary (be sure to follow my guide on bombs on this site). Thanks for the compliments, I work hard on this blog and I am glad when people find it useful :)

  21. Rose says:

    About 6 weeks or so ago I woke up in the middle of the night having to scratch my leg. Since hten I have been getting what looks like it might be fleas bites or mosquito bites. I have done ht lemon thing…it definitely works and I have been taking Zyrtec and Benadryl pratically everyday. At this time I am all scarred up and still itching and getting new bumps almost everyday.

    My questions are 1) Can it be fleas, 2) If so, why isn’t my cat scratching? Also I’ve dealt with fleas in the past with no problem at another home I had, but this time I haven’t seen any thing unless they are hanging out in my couch and loveseat. I have washed my sheets and blankets several times but still have the problem.

    FYI – I went to my a dermatologist who told me it was bug bites (I didn’t think of fleas) and my internist who had the same problem and told me she had had several patients with the same problem. I also saw another internist and she said it wasn’t bug bites, ran blood test on me and saw nothing. So now I’m just confused.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rose! The best way to check if its bed bugs is to closely examine your mattress, especially the outer rim. If you notice any brownish marks or what appears to be dark spots, chances are that you have a bed bug problem. I have an article on this so you can check that out for more details, I am positive it will assist you. Are the bites close together or are they fairly randomly placed on your body? Close bites are a tell tale sign of bed bugs. Let me know! Cheers!

      • Rose says:

        Hi Natasha,

        The bites are close together sometimes and sometimes they aren’t. Also I’m sleeping on dark green couch which I usually cover over with comforter or two (just to help keep it clean). I’ve been looking for anything and everything and I don’t see any tell tale signs or what it could be. To clarify, the couch was in a vacant space for about 7-8 months and when we brought to home again we had it cleaned. This was about February of 2012 so I’m not sure if something was just waiting for me and my sweet blood (lol) to attack. This is all very strange. Also sometimes it doesn’t look like bites, some areas just swell up and itch for a couple of days, go away and then will show up in another part of my body.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Rose! Considering you are not 100% sure which pest it is thats causing those bites, I recommend getting your mattress cleaned professionally (doesn’t cost much) and give your clothes a hot wash. You can also use DE on your carpets and vacuum it up afterwards. :)

        • Rose says:

          Hello again Natasha, Ok I think I may have figured out what’s been biting me. Have you ever heard of Chiggers? They are almost invisible to the human eye until they start to grow. Once they are grown they feed on other insects not humans. They are found in long grass or wooded areas and they attached themselves to your clothing. My daughter and I started looking in the crevices or the couch I mentioned in an earlier post and found the tiny ones along with a few adult ones. I have vacuumed the furniture and the next thing I’m going to do is get some borax powder or the DE to dust the furniture with. As I understand it I will need to do this at least 2 time 2 weeks apart. Since I’ve been suffering with this since the end of May I might just do it 3 times!

          I wanted to pass this info on to you just in case someone else might be dealing with the same thing.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          I have heard of them but didnt actually think it could have caused those bites. Anyways, thanks for the update and for sharing your findings with The Bug Squad community! :)

  22. sama says:

    Hey for the past few months I stared developing bites on my back,ankled,thighs,knees and arms. I have never actually seen a flea on me but the bites are exactly how u described as well as swelling around my ankle from itching. I sometimes think that these fleas infected me with tapeworm as I have also been showing them symptoms. I’ve taken worm killing medicine many times but the tapeworm symptomms are still there. Could this have been caused by the flea?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sama! Unless you have swallowed a flea, you have not contracted tapeworm from that source. I am not saying you don’t have it, but its not from fleas. I recommend seeking medical help for the tapeworm as its outside the scope of this guide. However, as for the bites, I recommend using borax powder in your house and performing a thorough clean of your home. Good luck!

  23. Karyn says:

    Is there any oils or lotions I can put on my skin to stop the fleas from biting me? I am taking every effort posted on the Internet to rid my house of fleas. I am being eaten alive while my husband and 5 month old seem to be untouched. Please advise!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Karyn! While you should get to the root cause of the flea infestation and get rid of the fleas in your home, using a lavender oil and citrus oil based cream (or just direct application, not too much though as they can be fairly strong) will keep fleas away from your skin.

  24. roxy says:

    Hi my son is 4 yrs old and he is getting bit EVERYWHERE. Do you know of anything I can give him to make the fleas not like his blood. Or something I can put on his body to keep them off. I tied Avon skin so soft but no luck. Please help he’s sooooo itchy :(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Roxy! I know that garlic can keep fleas away but you are likely to have better results with a lavender based cream. However, since your son is rather young, I recommend taking him to a medical practitioner so that he can tell you what is safe for him. To ease the itch for the time being, you can use lemon juice. It may sting a little but it works well.

  25. Hope says:

    Hi Natasha, I am a chronic flea sufferer because of lack of knowledge and the frequency and intensity of fleas have not been bothering me as much. No pets. I am on my own and have been renting apartment to live. Some time after I found out about the black specks of flea feces that have been falling off from me, then there was a time gap (which I don’t even know by how long after), I noticed a somewhat large volume of white specks and white lines falling off from me within a short period. So, I have the black stuffs as well as the white stuffs. I know because I can see them on my black computer monitor, especially on the computer stand. Do you know what the white stuffs are? What else did I catch in addition to fleas? Whenever I see other people’s comment, they are going crazy, I don’t know when my mind and body would give up on me. A couple of days ago, I posted the same message/questions on another flea article of your blog but have not received a reply. Also, there is no email of answers to my questions.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Hope. I have the same issue with the black and white specs. The white specs I find on my bed have more of a crystal-like feel to it. Now, you mentioned that you have white lines falling off of you. By chance, does it look like small dust-like strings? If so, we’re in the same boat. Are you confident that you have an issue with fleas? With me, I’m not sure what the heck it is. My hair itches as well….so frustrating.

  26. Hope says:

    Hey Danielle, thanks for sharing your experience with me! It’s nice to know there’s some kind of support group. Yes, it’s very frustrating. I have been hoping that Jesus would come to rescue me ASAP. My life is so miserable. The white specks and lines look light and feathery. The few times that I touched them felt nothing much. I guess they are dust-like strings. Earlier, I cleaned my monitor stand and desk with Lysol wipes. I will try to feel various samples (different sizes and shapes) tomorrow. Also, I will have to feel the black specks again as I don’t remember they ever feel like cotton as you described. I have never feel them but more like picking it up.

    Over the years as well as my recent exponential learning curve on the flea subject, I think the probability of fleas infestation is high. Don’t mean any disrespect but the doctors may not be the best professional to diagnose on certain types of infestations. I also went on a few of other websites that have people’s comments on them. I googled “mysterious bugs”, “mysterious bites” and “bugs you cannot see”. It’s even scarier when some of the pest exterminators could not diagnose the problem. It’s not just you and me, Danielle. No means of disrespect, Natasha and the Bug Squad team.

    The other reason that it takes me so long to “identify” the fleas problem is because my family members and friends still say that they are not affected by me. Some of the other people are different story. Anyhow, I have to take care of a certain things first before I seek help from a local pest exterminator. For example, I am still researching on a not-too-expensive but good vacuum cleaner that have great suction and filter. I know all the articles suggested deal with it ASAP. But, as long as I have suffered this thing and as much time I have spent on reading almost millions of articles and websites, I don’t think a little bit more time would make any difference. Danielle, have you ever try getting a pest exterminator to confirm?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Hope and Danielle, sorry about the late response. I am going to try and help you both and hopefully you will gain some actionable knowledge that you can put to practical use. After spending a couple hours doing my homework, it seems that there is a high chance its being caused by something called “Morgellons”. While I highly recommend checking this out from a certified medical professional, symptoms include white glittery bits and black dots coming from hair and other places. It also leaves the skin very itchy (and “tingly”), which also matches your description. I recommend going to someone with medical experience behind them to confirm. I have emailed you both a video that outlines a few things about it for your convenience. I am sorry you have to deal with this and hope you get some relief soon, hope my limited medical knowledge has helped you a bit :)

      • Hope says:

        Thanks for doing the research, Natasha! Whatever it is, how can you explain the part when some people (other than my families & friends) blamed me for causing their itchiness, etc. while I haven’t been scratching at all or not as frequent and intense as they did?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Hope! To be honest, I am not 100% sure. Based on Danielle’s response it seems that will need to be diagnosed by a specialist. At the same time, I don’t want to rule out pests and to follow up on your discussion with Danielle below, please let me know what the exterminator says, will be very interesting. I will be keeping an eye on this discussion and hopefully you can eventually find some relief. :)

        • Danielle says:

          Hey Natasha! I’m looking into things and will keep you posted via email.

          Thanks!
          Danielle

    • Danielle says:

      I’m so sorry for the delay in response. Hope, I’m going to look into having an exterminator pass through the apartment. Now, it’s really up in the air as to what the deal really is. Fleas hop and don’t fly. Years ago I would see gnats around me. My boys would scratch their hair here and there, but me more. Now, a few weeks ago we went to our doctor and she looked through my hair and the kids. It’s easier to detect things with short hair and my kids in fact have pretty much to the scalp hair. She didn’t see anything in their but saw “so called” dandriff in my hair. Sure, I could have dermatitis BUT I know for a fact that’s not what’s causing me to go semi crazy with this issue.

      Natasha, I’ve had many years to look into this issue and in fact have. Morgellons Disease is definitely out of the question. I’ve researched Morgellons Disease months ago and found that it does NOT match up with what’s going on with me. For example, those feather-like things are literally flying around like a cotton field in the video I saw. People also feel things crawling UNDER their skin. Nope, that’s definitely not me. Check it out on YouTube. Morgellons Disease is somewhat acknowledged. However, it’s looked at as a mental condition….like one is imagining these issues. That’s the Government for you!

      • Hope says:

        No problem, Danielle. Have other people ever blame you for their itchiness, etc.? Has anyone said there is a “bug” (not cold/flu type) relating to the itchiness incident in your presence?

        • Danielle says:

          Hey Hope. Nobody has ever blamed me for any kind of itchiness and nobody has brought up a bug presence. Are people actually blaming you for their itchiness? That’s not nice. You must be so stressed out..uggh. Do yourself a favor and be very discreet about your situation. People can be very judgemental and lack empathy. People can’t relate until they’ve walked in your shoes. At least nobody knows each other personally on this forum, which should make you feel more at ease.

        • Hope says:

          Thanks for the tips, Danielle. I thought it’s common sense. If a person has pets (which you and I don’t), there’s a chance the owner can be bitten by fleas. So, wouldn’t it make sense that it can jump from one person to another. It is known that different people have different sensitivities and not everybody is born as a pest exterminator and even the doctors may not be able to diagnose the condition. With these reasons, the person who may have the fleas or something else still have to go get food, etc., if no one else around to help you out. Sorry, if I put you on the spot, Danielle. After Natasha’s last reply regarding Morgellons Disease (see above), I did state that some but not all people blamed me. Although we both have black and white stuffs, I don’t think you have fleas, Danielle. However, if possible, I think it would be a great idea to see a pest exterminator to confirm.

        • Danielle says:

          What did you think was common sense Hope and why do you feel that you put me on the spot?

        • Hope says:

          You advised me to be discreet with my situation. The common sense that I was referring to was already stated in my previous comment. It is possible that fleas can jump from one person to the next. I put you on the spot because I asked you, have other people ever blame you for their itchiness, etc.

          Hey, everyone, if I ever make anybody uncomfortable, I apologize. It’s my only chance to vent and share experience with people who have pest (or not) problems.

          Whatever you and I have, Danielle, same or not, one thing is certain, you and I are chronic sufferer. May God bless us to find some answers and relief!

  27. Sandra says:

    I just returned from a week long trip in Mexico – Riviera Maya on the last day I was attacked pretty good on my legs from what appears to be sand fleas (I went to my Dr). What is the likely hood of having brought anything home? I took my suitcase down to my basement almost immediately & washed just about everything in hot water (clothes, shoes, totes). My swelling has gone down, but the bites & red areas remain…what would be the best over the counter to expedite healing of the bites sores? What would be the best OTC to take & put on for future trips to prevent bites? Does Off help with ticks? Another great thing is placing a flea collar inside your vacuum cleaner. This will kill eggs picked up during cleaning

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sandra! If you have washed everything in hot water, you should be fine and its unlikely you have brought them home with you, good job on taking immediate action :) You shouldn’t need to purchase anything unless its fairly severe, just apply 100% lemon juice onto the affected areas for relief. It will sting a bit but nothing hectic. If you want to protect yourself in future, you can purchase products that keep fleas away (as well as things like mosquitos, ticks, etc) and i recommend taking something like that with you next time. Thanks for the recommendation of placing a flea collar inside a vacuum bag, I also do this fairly often and its actually the only reason why I would ever purchase them lol. Cheers!

  28. Betty says:

    Hi Natasha…. I’ve been bitten by these fleas and d scars on my legs are so ugly… What can i use to remove this scars.. Betty

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Betty! I have personally used tissue oil in the past and have had good results. It does take quite a long time to treat the scars and while they wont completely disappear, they will fade and become hardly noticeable. In future, even if you are bitten again, resist the urge to scratch. Its not usually the flea bite that creates the scar but rather the scratching that is done afterwards, same applies to other insect bites.

  29. Kalani says:

    Hi Natasha, I feel like i have fleas in my car but i can never find them. Sometimes i go fishing and sleep in my car that night and the next morning i feel itchy red bumps on my buttox area and i scratch it but try not too cuz it just gets more inflamed. what can i do if i suspect the fleas in my car? and how do i get them out of there?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kalani! It may be fleas but then again, it may be a number of little insects that may be causing these bites. My recommendation is to follow these steps to get rid of any pests in your car:

      1) Place DE on your seats and floor mats, basically put it everywhere.
      2) Vacuum the entire car after about 10 hours
      3) Use a lemon based cleaning agent and wipe down all the surfaces
      4) Keep pets out the car if they have any fleas, etc.

      I am sure that this will sort this problem. In the meantime, use a little fresh lemon juice on the bites to ease the itchiness :)

  30. jill says:

    Hello, thank you for your posts. At least I know I am not the only one with the flea issue. I do have a question of treating flea bites. I have used a lot of things to calm and stop the itch, but itching comes back after the whatever anti-itch solution I use. I was thinking if the flea’s venom is itching me, maybe I could pop or squeeze out some of the venom. I did so do some of my bites, along with precaution to cause infection, Those ones that I squeezed seems to not bother me after I done so. What is your opinion on my method.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jill! Its a pleasure, I am glad that you have found them useful. Fleas don’t have venom per say but rather a numbing agent that allows them to feed without being noticed. You will not be able to “squeeze” it out and in fact, if you try and do so repeatably, you can end up with scars so please don’t. I recommend using something natural as you may have a sensitivity to a few products you are using. Try a simple lemon juice mix on them and you will be amazed at how well it works. Of course, you will need to get rid of those fleas to prevent the bites in the first place so take a moment to check out my other articles as they will help you to do this :)

  31. Kaiti says:

    Hi! Recently I visited a friends house and picked up a few flea bites from their many animals, well more than a few, but I want to avoid bringing them into my house as much as possible. Can the bugs travel into my house through my hair and clothes? And if they can how do I avoid getting my pets and family infected and bitten? Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kaiti! Sorry to hear that you have been bitten, however you dont need to worry as fleas generally don’t “stick” very well to humans (they fall or jump off most of the time). If you want to be 100% safe, just take a hot shower and toss your clothes into the washing machine on a hot cycle and you will be fine.

  32. Keri says:

    i have a super case of flea bites when i go to my boyfriends house then when i come home i still see more over the next few days pop up. he never seems to have more than one or two at a time either. he doesnt have the money for a bomb or anything like that… is there a way i can protect myself? or is there a cheaper way to fix them on concrete floors? i cant deal with being covered head to toe in fleas anymore

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Keri! Absolutely, you can definitely protect yourself from fleas! Simply use a lavender based cream (or those skin spray products that keep pests away) but I still recommend that you use something like borax on the concrete floors to kill those fleas. A cheaper alternative is DE (I have an entire article on this) and after using it successfully myself, I can promise you that it works well :)

  33. Liz says:

    hi, im hoping you can help, I have been getting bitten by something over the past few weeks, at first I thought it was fleas (I have a cat and a dog) but the pets are treated regularly to avoid fleas, I have checked my bed for bugs and found nothing, the strange thing is, I relocated my shed in my garden last year, around the same time as a lot of trees were cut down, and I was bitten then, over the winter it was fine, but obviously now whatever it is has been biting again. The dog and cat seem to be drawn to one place just outside the back of my garden and are constantly over there. These bites only seem to appear after I have been outside. They can be anywhere, ive had them on my legs from knee down, on my buttocks, on my thighs, shoulders basically everywhere, to begin with they were just like spots and very itchy now they seem to be coming up as little fluid like blisters which get bigger and bigger until either I burst them or they burst. My children were away on holiday for 2 weeks and came back on 2 days ago and my son has been bitten too. beginning to get very distressing, I cant go out without being covered up, which means that I am absolutely roasting in this weather. I hope you can help!!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Liz! Sorry this is a little late, been having a couple issues on my side that hopefully will be resolved soon. Anyways, lets see if I can help you. Based on your description, it does sound like flea bites and although you are treating your pets with a decent spot of medication, fleas can still take up residence in outdoor areas (and inside of course). Since they are being repelled by the flea treatment on your animals, maybe thats why they see you as a tasty target. My recommendation is to use borax in those areas on a daily basis, provided its a dry day (water renders it fairly useless) and to use lemon juice on those bites as soon as they happen. Resist the urge to scratch them at all costs and if you still dont have any luck after a couple days, let me know :)

  34. carrina says:

    Hello My name is Carrina. I recently experienced a flea problem about three days ago. I know their fleas cause their very little tiny black insects. I have been bitten on my legs and its very itchy. I have bought creams and oils etc., and they dont seem to be clearing up. please help what can I do to remove the redness and not for it to make a scar.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Carrina! Those are good questions, lets see how I can help. FIrstly, the best way to prevent those bite marks from turning into scars is to keep them clean (cold water and soap is fine) and to resist the urge to scratch them. If you can do this, you won’t get any scarring. Secondly, if you want a quick, DIY method to ease the itchiness, just use a pure lemon juice on the affected area and you will find relief.

  35. Monnie says:

    Hi Natasha, I live in the basement of my parents home with my dog. I noticed lately that I have these red inflamed spots with a bump in the middle on my arms and back. At first they were just there once but I see them again on my arm for a second time. I play with my dog alot picking him up and it seems that it is the same arm that keeps getting bitten. He also likes to sleep in my bed room that has carpet on the floor. When I wake up in the middle of the night; I have found him sleeping on my clothes that I put in my chair to swear to work the next day. Now I have put him in a kennel at night. What do you think I should do and do you think what I have are flea bits?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Monnie! Sounds like flea bites but it could also be bed bug bites (check out my article on this). However, regardless of which one it is, you can use a substance called Diatomaceous Earth or borax to get rid of those fleas in a natural and safe way. Just put it on your carpets, rub it in with a brush, leave for the day and vacuum it up at night. A couple days of this and you wont have a single flea in your bedroom. Let me know if you need any more help :)

  36. Porscha says:

    Hi! I’m a 13 y/o girl that is being eaten by a gazillions of fleas right now. The bites are all over my legs, foot, ankles, stomack, arms, its everywhere. We tried the antihestamines pills, and anti-itching creams that my doctor prescripted but the bites are keeping coming. My legs are disgusting as a teen and sometimes it’s making me cry when I look at it. Is it permanent? How long will it take to fade? What can I do to stop the fleas from biting me? My dog will be treated tomorrow by his vet. Please help! :’(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Porscha! The bite marks are not permanent, just resist the urge to scratch as there is a small possibility that it can eventually leave a scar. Glad to hear that you are getting the dogs treated, just make sure that you treat your house for fleas as well otherwise you will have a repeat infestation in a couple weeks from now. If you read over a couple of my other flea articles it will outline the steps that need to be taken. In the meantime, just use a little lemon juice on the bites after you have gently wiped them with non-scented soap and cold water.

  37. Brandon says:

    Ive recently did insulation underneath a house i was working at and when i came out i had over 200 flea bites on my back all the way down to my legs. The pain and itchyness is unbearable. I wish i could show a picture over this because it is like the pic on this website X100. i dont have health insurance so im trying to withstand it with calamine lotion. the first two days i did itch it intensely tho

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Brandon! That is a massive amount of bites, did you feel any nausea after you got home? While I advise you to seek medical attention if you are still experiencing the pain, drop me a message and I will take a look to better understand the situation. Just resist the urge to scratch it, wash in semi-warm water (not hot, will make it worse) and use lemon juice for natural relief from the itchiness.

  38. Atlanta says:

    hi Natasha Me and my boyfriend are on a low income and have a old English sheepdog that in all his 10 years has never suffered with fleas up until now. He is biting so bad that he is bleeding we do are best to wash him in Flea treatment shampoo but this only settles his itch for a few days is there any remedies or natural thing we can try on him? His Skin is very dry and cracked anyway before he had fleas. My boyfriend is also constantly being bit any ideas on how to help much appreciated.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Atlanta! I recommend using a lemon based dish washing liquid and warm water on him, once a month. Follow up with regular brushing and make sure that your house doesn’t have fleas by using something like a flea trap. Good luck :)

  39. Breanna says:

    Hello Natasha. I have had flea bites quite often but I was just curious as to why I get them but my spouse and brother-inlaw don’t have them. Why do you think I’m the only one?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Breanna! There are a couple reasons but from my understanding, its mainly because you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have read reports of blood chemistry playing a role, as well as your body scent but I am not too sure if that’s completely true. Its also possible that they are getting small bites but are hardly noticing it while your skin may be extra sensitive. Hope that helps!

  40. cha says:

    hi natasha.. i have been bitten, but im not sure if its flea.. its like red round spots and very itchy.. even thought im not scratching it, it always leave scars on me.. i personally made a garlic repellant.. do you think it will be effective?? i dont know what to do.? can you help me?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Cha! Glad to hear that you are resisting the urge to scratch! Consuming garlic for flea control isnt going to help much, I recommend using some of the other natural methods in this article and a couple of my others. Besides, while its fine for pets, it might make you a bit smelly anyways ;)

  41. Kal says:

    Yup, the Calamine lotion is the only thing that seems to take away the itch and help me to not itch at it but it doesn’t make it dissapear just an itch aid. Seems like i need somethin more to eliminate it all entirely. Any suggestions?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kal! Different peoples skins react better to some treatments then others so I am glad you found something that worked well for you. As for getting rid of the marks, that will happen over time. Keeping the area clean and bacteria free will speed up the process. I am sure that you could get some product to help but its probably going to be a bit of a waste of money to be honest. Good luck!

  42. Sue Wurzer says:

    I feel the fleas and everyone thinks I am crazy and I am so afraid to bring them into my home they are in my office right now. I would like to know the best way to kill them and repell them from me so they can stop biting me. I hate fleas.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sue! I recommend using borax on your carpets and if you have any pets, a good spot on treatment (or the DIY ones I discuss on this blog) will get rid of those fleas fast. If you have any questions about using borax (after reading the article on it), please feel free to drop me a message and I will help you personally :)

  43. Hana says:

    Heeeyyy. So yesterday I was out looking at future homes when I got VICIOUSLY ATTACKED BY TEN MILLION FLEAS. Once I saw them crawling all over my legs, I immediately took off my socks and shoes (which were completely covered with them) and later, shoved them in a closed container. I don’t know what to do with them now? My dad wants to just wants to keep them in there until they die of asphyxiation. Do you think that will work? We don’t want to open the container and risk getting attacked again. As far as we know, we didn’t bring any fleas back to our place. Once we got home we actually hosed ourselves down and then threw our clothes in the laundry. Oh yeah, I was also wondering if it’s normal that my bites don’t look like the pics I’ve seen. I mean, they looked pink at first but after a couple of hours they disappeared completely. This confused me a lot. And then this morning my legs were super itchy and now they are just colorless bumps on my skin.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Hana! I suggest just chucking them into the washing machine (your clothing) as the heat kills them and giving your shoes a quick wash with warm water and soap. I have found that reactions to their bites really differs based on skin sensitivity so although it may seem a bit different from the pictures in this article, its nothing to worry about. I recommend using lemon juice on those bumps and don’t scratch them, they should disappear within a day or two. Good luck!

  44. Boo says:

    I’ve been suffering from my flea bites for about 2+ weeks now!!! Are they ever going to get better??? I made the mistake of letting my dog sleep with us (under the covers….she’s weird about that) and now I have dozens on inner arms, inner knee area and feet. The itching seems to come and go, but when it comes back, it’s HORRIBLE!!! I’ve been using Allegra creme (which has Benadryl and Allegra in it) which stops the itching, but then in a few hours it comes back. Also alcohol, hot, soapy water and even poison ivy soap. My question is: When will this itching stop????? I mean….almost THREE WEEKS!!!! I can take Benadryl, but don’t want the sleepy side effect in the daytime,

    Is this the normal course of a flea bite??? I’m in my early 50′s and have always had dogs, cats, etc and have always let my pets sleep in the bed with us – just this time it was summer and we have a bad flea infestation (despite using Revolution on all the dogs).

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Boo! Flea bites are horrible, sorry you have had to deal with such a severe outbreak of them. While I am tempted to recommend something natural like lemon treatments, if its still causing irritation after that amount of time I highly recommend that you go and visit your local healthcare practitioner. I know its an expense but better safe then sorry. Don’t stress though, you are not in any sort of danger ;)

  45. samm says:

    So I do not have any animals but fleas managed to get into my new apartment (we have brand new carpet). I am really sensitive to flea bites, they bite me but not my boyfriend. I wash my sheets and vacuum multiple times a week. What am I doing wrong? I prefer natural remedies so I do not want to buy a chemical spray to kill them but is that my only option now?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Samm! It doesn’t seem that you are doing anything wrong. Fleas can find their way into your house even without pets and chances are that a rat or something has caused a few to take up residence in your place. My recommendation is that you use something called food grade Diatomaceous Earth, its natural and will kill those fleas in your carpets and other places. I have a separate article on this that outlines the steps, check it out when you have a moment!

  46. Parker says:

    I have recently started volunteering at an Animal Shelter, and I believe I have received a few flea bites as a result. This morning (after a shift yesterday), I woke up with 5 bites around my neck. I do not have any animals at home and I want to get rid of these, assuming they hitched a ride to my house, any suggestions? Thank you

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Parker! Its probably nothing to worry about since you most likely received the bites at the shelter, not from fleas in your house. However, if you want to be safe, I recommend making my DIY flea trap (they will cost ya about $1, check out my article on this) and placing it in your room. This will attract fleas and if there are any, you will find a couple in the trap. We can then look at taking other steps to get rid of them. Good luck!

  47. Ella Jones says:

    most of my itching problem is on my scalp. i have a grand daughter who is two and is constantly scratching her head. thought she might have contacted head lice at day care however we have checked her scalp several times. i have evened treated my head for head lice and itch is still there. i do have a couple of bites around my chest area on the back of my neck. i have checked for bed bugs and the only other thing i can think of is fleas. so how do i treat my scalp.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ella! If it was fleas, upon close investigation you would be able to see them or at least see flea dirt in the immediate vicinity. Lice or mites on the other hand, are slightly more difficult and its more likely that its these. However, remember that your bites and her itchy scalp probably have different causes. Although I cant make an accurate assessment without seeing it, I personally think that its a result of food allergies or stress, check out something called Saborea dermatitis. Keep me updated ;)

  48. Tay says:

    Natasha, help! I work in an office, and my boss has two Ferrell cats that he rescued. He leaves them there overnight, they climb all over the desks, the file cabinets, and even my chair (fabric, by the way)… I recently started getting little red bumps on my feet, ankles, lower legs, hands, and lower arms. They are extremely itchy and I’ve even experienced swelling of my feet, hands, fingers and toes. The boss refuses to get rid of the cats, how can I keep these flea-infested cats away from me without hurting them? I gave them both flea baths, but am still being bitten. Advice please!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tay! My recommendation is to place a fine “dusting” of Diatomaceous Earth on the carpet around your work area. You can also put it on your chair and rub it in. Any fleas that come into contain with this substance will die and its completely safe, odorless and non-toxic.

  49. isabel ramirez says:

    What can i use on my 8 year at night before he goes to bed because its when he gets bit the most… he wakes up with the bites.. what can keep the fleas from bitting him while he sleeps?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Isabel! My recommendation is that you find out where those fleas are coming from so that you have a more long term solution but in the meantime, you can use an essential oil based cream to keep them off your kid. Just make sure that he isn’t allergic to any of these things before application.

  50. Farah Nadeem says:

    Hi there just wanted to say thank you for your guidance regarding calamine lotion as I am the only person in my house covered in flea bites at the moment and they are so aggravating and annoying. I am just worried about the scars afterwards have you any advice for that please. I would be grateful to hear what you have to say on that.

    Regards

    Farah

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Farah! As long as you don’t scratch them, you shouldn’t get any scars. However, just to be cautious (or if you already have some scar tissue), you can use bio oil (tissue oil) to repair the damage. Hope that helps!

  51. Barbara Redin says:

    I have recently been bitten severally by fleas, I have a cat but hes an indoor cat and is never outside, but; we have noticed some “homeless” cats and not to mention ….skunks..they just roam around on everyones patio after dark, I think these fleas are coming from them. The only time I have seen the fleas on me is if I walk out on my patio after dark and when I get back i the house I see them on my ankles. I must confess I scratch, they are driving me nuts, As a child I used to get bit around the ankles and so did my dad, but my mom and my brother never did, is something in my blood? I have used a flea powder on my carpet and have recently bought a “hot spot” flea spray for carpets, do you think this will work? I’m going to try the lemon treatment and will also try aloe vera gel. I guess the Borax is next. If you have any other ideas for me, I’d like to hear them Thanks Barbara

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Barbara! Even though its impossible to say for sure, its very possible that the fleas are coming from the skunks. Fleas are attracted to certain people more then others it seems, its the same situation with my husband. Anyways, I havn’t personally used “hotspot” sprays but I do know that DE works really well. In fact, its completely non-toxic and extremely affordable and I recommend taking a look at my article that discussing it before purchasing anything. Good luck!

  52. rosa beltran says:

    Hi my name is rosa beltran I have juat moved in with my husband nd his dog has fleas its very anoying it hurts me wat can I do to get rid of them I can’t stop the itchingnes plz help me I feel them on me all the time plZ plz help thank u….

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rosa! You can use a number of methods to get rid of those fleas, it really depends on your preferred treatment methods. If you want an affordable, natural way to get rid of them on your dog, use dawn soap and warm water. For product based treatment, I recommend trying either Frontline or Advantage. Either way, I have guides on both of these and I encourage you to check out my dedicated article on kill fleas on dogs as it will outline all the steps you need to take :)

  53. jenna B says:

    Hey natasha!!! Ive been having a problem at first I thought I had poison ivey but doing some research and stuff ive come to know im being bittin by fleas I have them all over me but im the only one being bitten I I itch so so much but can’t stop a lot of mine are open sores cause I itch them so much its driving me nuts and I want it to go away my legs my feet my stomach and my back and arms are all bitten up I need something to make the itch go away please and thank you or something to get rid of them the spots ive been bit at are very warm and burn and are on fire and swollen

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jenna! Since its progressed to open wounds, I highly recommend seeking medical attention otherwise it could get worse. Once you have purchased what your doctor recommends, you will need to get rid of those fleas in your home otherwise you will keep on suffering flea bites. I have a number of articles that outline this process, check out some of them and get back to me if you need some more assistance :)

  54. Robert says:

    For flea bites I use a mixture of Calamine, clay, and baking soda in proportion to make a paste. Best thing I have tried so far.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Robert! Thanks for the great suggestion! I will definitely give that method a try and will share it with others that are looking for a natural flea bite remedy. :)

  55. Riley says:

    Oh my god thank you so much. I’m going out of my mind and none of the creams that we have are helping. I’m going to try this stuff wow thank you I owe you my sanity.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Riley! Its a pleasure, I am super stoked that you have found my guide useful. Let me know if you have any further questions :)

  56. Keicha says:

    Dear Natasha, I think I might have fleas in my room but I don’t see any. My dog sleeps in my room and I’ve checked her over. I use Frontline plus on my dog every month, so I don’t know how its possible for her to have fleas. I’m getting eaten alive and its driving me crazy. I wake up in the middle of the night to painful bites that leave tiny dark circles on my skin. The bites are very painful for me and I feel them all over. At frist. I thought I had bed bugs, but found no evidence of them. Then I thought dust mites were the cause, so I did some heavy cleaning in my room. I feel tiny things crawling on my skin and in my hair but can never see them. I was wondering if its possible for fleas to live in human hair and also, will spraying a lemon spray around my room will keep them off me??

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Keicha! Its possible to have fleas without them being visible. The key is to keep an eye out for flea dirt (I have a guide on this site that explains the details, check it out). Fleas do not live on humans but they can jump onto you from time to time. If you want to treat your room naturally, check out a product called borax (also have a detailed guide on this). It can be used indoors and is very effective for killing fleas in carpets, etc. Keep me updated :)

  57. Amber says:

    Hey Natasha. We have a severe infestation of fleas in my apartment. Our cat didn’t have them before we moved in so we’re positive they were already here. I’m not being bothered(bit) by them much, but my 17 month old daughter and my mom is. I cleaned my carpets with a mixture Dawn dish soap and water(was told that would work) and sprinkled DE on the furniture after vacuuming.(I’m not sure I’m comfortable putting it on my carpet since my daughter is always on the carpet). I gave my cat the most expensive flea treatment 3 days ago and he still has plenty of live ones on him. I don’t know what to do, I’m going absolutely crazy because my baby keeps getting bit. I wish they’d bite me instead. What should I do? She takes Benadryl(I talked to her doctor) to stop the scratching so they don’t get worse but the fleas don’t want to leave. I can’t (flea)bomb the apartment because we don’t have anywhere to go for 4-5 hours, not to mention my daughter can’t come home till I clean it up. Any ideas would be great.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Amber! I usually recommend using dawn soap and water on your actual pets but I suppose giving the carpets a wash couldnt hurt hehe. What spot on treatment did you give your cat? I recommend using either Front Line or Advantage as I have personally had good results with them. Considering your circumstances, you are going to have to make time to leave the house, even if it may not be too convenient because you are either going to have to call an exterminator, get the house fogged or do a complete treatment of DE (see my article for more details, I have one that goes through the entire process). I wish there was an alternative but those are my suggestions. Good luck!

  58. Bailey says:

    So our 3 indoor cats were found to have fleas, i had a few bites on my leg that were intensely itchy and are still healing 2weeks later. I now have some new bites that aren’t super itchy, and at this point don’t appear to be bright red, is there a chance that this isn’t a flea bite? We have given the cats 3days worth of capstar, and have also applied topical flea med. We spent a whole day after finding the fleas cleaning everything that had been in contact with the cats, vacuuming, flea buster etc… I’m the only one in my family getting bitten yay for me. There also doesn’t appear to be any sign of fleas in my bed.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Bailey! Yes its possible. I have had flea bites in the past and they were not itchy at all, I suppose it depends on what part of the body they bite you and how sensitive that area is. Sounds like you have taken the necessary steps to get rid of those fleas. If I may add something, check out my borax article for a natural solution to get rid of those fleas on carpets. Otherwise, good job and hope you are flea free soon ;)

      • Bailey says:

        Thanks for the help, do you know if there is a normal size for flea bites? A bunch of sites I’ve read say they are tiny, but the bites i have are like the size of a pencil eraser, and some of them don’t itch. So now I’m worried they may be other bites even though we have confirmed fleas.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Baily! It really depends on how sensitive you are to their bites. My husband gets massive welts when he gets bitten, especially if he scratches the affected area. I recommend going through the process of treating the fleas (everything you need is on this site) and the problem should disappear :)

  59. Shelly says:

    Here’s a suggestion for those who aren’t certain if they have fleas in their home… put a drop of dishwashing soap on a shallow dish and fill dish with water. Stir the water around a bit with your finger to make it a little soapy. Leave the dish on the floor overnight. If you have fleas you’ll find some in the water. Fleas seem to be attracted to the water but the soap somehow stops them from jumping away and they drown.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Shelly! Thanks for that great recommendation, I really appreciate it :) Please do me a favor and check out my flea trap article, it has a fairly similar approach but uses a tea light candle to attract the fleas, would love to hear your opinion on it. Cheers :)

  60. Orlando Tirado Jr says:

    Hi, my sisters dog contracted flea’s and gave them to my dog. The dog as well as my sister moved out and my dog has been on meds for weeks. I recently started receiving bites on my legs and forearms. I am a type 1 diabetic should i use these remedies or go to the hospital?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Orlando! You can use these remedies, they don’t pose any problems for diabetics. Good luck!

  61. Andy says:

    I have flown in to visit a friend and her dogs have fleas really bad. I have a week to go here and I’ve been bit in a few places. My real question is that when fly home in a week is there any way that I will carry them into my home?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Andy! I recommend that you simply give all your travel clothes a hot wash as soon as you get home. This will make sure that any fleas (and their eggs) are killed. Hope that helps!

  62. Jamie says:

    Hi Natasha,
    I have a question, for the past week I have been getting bites all up and down ONLY my right arm. They start out small and I unconsciously scratch them when they itch because I don’t realize they are there until after I scratch. I just got a new mattress a couple weeks ago. I have thoroughly checked it for bed bugs, I didn’t see any however, after I was washing my bed linens I did see what looked like a flea on one of my pillows. These bites that I am getting actually end up looking like raised bruises after a few days, I’ve never had bites like these, I am unsure of how to get rid of them, and how to stop this infernal itchy. Please help!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jamie! By the sound of it, my first guess would be bed bugs. I suggest that you take some time to look for signs of these bugs. I have written a decent guide on bed bugs, I highly recommend that you take a look at it as it will help you to accomplish this task. Good luck!

  63. Georgiana says:

    Hi, I am 20 weeks pregnant, and my sister in law and I both have red bumps that after research, I am thinking are flea bites. Do you think that this is harmful for the baby? Am I ok to put cortizone cream on? How will I know if I still have a flea on me, or if it bit me and left? I also have a two year old, and a dog. No one else in the household has these bumps, so I don’t think that my house in infested, but how can I be sure?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Georgiana! I highly recommend that you confirm that its actually fleas before taking any actions. The best way to find out if you have a flea problem in a room (without actually seeing the fleas of course) is to use my flea trap at night (you can find my guide on it under the “fleas” category). If you find dead fleas in the morning, you can take the necessary steps to remove them safely. While you do this, you can relieve the itchiness by gently washing the affected area with cold water and lemon juice. Hope that helps!

  64. Brianna says:

    Hi I was wondering how I would bomb my house? My dog is infested with them and so is my house I comb him everyday and I always see them I am so tired of it I just want them gone

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Brianna! You are in luck, I actually have a guide on how to use them effectively and you can find it on this blog. Just check out the flea category and its near the top. Let me know how it goes!

  65. Kathy says:

    Hi, i have an infestation. The fleas came from our yard. I have vac. And vac. I am eat up by them on lower extremities. How can I get rid of bites. I have sprayed floor, furniture, my cat has a collar and has had numerous baths. I have sprayed him down. I cant stand anymore. My feet are broke out and under my pants. I itch so bad yuck. I feel like I have some horrible disease. I am a very clean person and my house is clean but I understand carpet is hard to get rid of fleas in. My husband had severe asthma and i cant use much that smells. Also why is it that I am the only one who gets bit by these nasty things.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kathy! Since you cannot use anything that smells, I recommend that you use either borax or diatomaceous earth in your home. Both are affordable and great flea killers. Also, I have guides on how to use both of them effectively, check them out and let me know if you have any further questions :)

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