Everyone knows that cats and dogs can get fleas, but did you know that dog fleas on humans isn’t that unusual either? Those nasty creatures can become a big nuisance, and in majority of cases, pet owners should thank their furry friends, dogs and cats, for this gift.
Even though dog fleas on humans will not be able to survive on the bare skin for too long because people are not the type of diet these fleas prefer, they will still bite us if there is nothing more suitable around. So the next time you’ll be applying any type of dog flea treatment to your pet, remember to be careful: fleas can easily jump off dogs and onto humans. You will know if that happens, because bites will occur fast, and you will soon start itching, and your skin will get irritated. On top of that, dog fleas on humans can also lead to a variety of diseases and allergic reactions.
Flea bites usually appear in large groups or in clusters, and they can look much bigger if you experience an allergic reaction. Typically, fleas from dogs will bite below the knees or on your forearms after you have held or stroked your pet, but flea bites can occur on pretty much any part of the human body.
Can dog fleas live on people?
The short answer is no. Dog fleas on humans is not that common, and even when they do jump on you, it’s very unlikely they will stay there for too long. The only thing these dog fleas (Ctenocephalides canis), which can sometimes be confused with cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) will do is bite you, and have you itching for up to 2 months.
The reason dog fleas don’t live on people is because the habitat in which they thrive is fur. Without it, dog fleas have nothing to cling onto, and will likely fall off your body pretty quickly.
Are dog flea bites dangerous?
Dog flea bites, similarly to majority of other insects, are extremely annoying and can get itchy, painful and cover your skin in rash, redness, and spots. However, it’s not essential for you to visit a doctor unless you are experiencing an allergic reaction to them, or you’re unsure what the bite is.
Nonetheless, you should be aware that fleas carry many different kinds of bacteria and viral diseases, and they are even known to transmit tapeworm. After the bite occurs, carefully examine your body and monitor the progress for the next 48 hours. If you notice any additional symptoms besides itching, or you see the area around the flea bite swelling or becoming more red and tender, you should call your doctor’s office immediately.
How to deal with dog fleas on humans?
First of all, if you encounter a dog flea bite, make sure that it is indeed what you think it is. After you confirmed that the itchy red spot is indeed a flea bite, don’t panic. It’s unlikely that you’re in any danger, and the most problem that dog flea bites can create for people is if you’re allergic to them. Allergy reactions will normally appear around 12 to 24 hours after a bite has occurred, and can last a week and even longer. Nevertheless, closely observe your bites and see how everything progresses.
You can sooth your flea bite very easily by using a combination of a cold compress and an anti-itch cream, but getting rid of your new flea friends completely can prove to be a much greater challenge.
There are over 200 different types of fleas in America alone, and every species of flea can jump from 14 to 16 inches high. The only way to rid yourself of a flea problem is to make sure that you get them completely out of your environment. People often use foggers and flea powders with great success, as these methods can kill fleas living in your home, but it’s also imperative to wash all cloth materials in your house that you or pets touched regularly. Bedding and furniture are the most important part, but you should also wash carpets, curtains, and pillows.
Once the inside of your home is free of fleas, you should focus on the outside. There are many different sprays that can be purchased at any department or pet stores that will keep fleas from infesting your home again (which, if you had them in the past, is very likely). Unfortunately, those pesky dog fleas are much tougher than they appear to be, so diligence is the key to getting rid of them. Start treating your yard, home and pets if you want to completely exterminate your flea problem.
There are 2 things you need to do if you want to completely get rid of dog fleas in your house.
1st: Clean your house
Start your laundry day earlier by washing everything that can be washed in a machine. Towels, bedding, carpets, clothes and so forth. Instead of a fogger, purchase a good quality insect growth regulator (IGR), such as methoprene or pyriproxyfen, and spray floors all over your home. This will prevent dog flea larvae from turning into mature fleas that will continue to infest your home.
Now, grab a vacuum cleaner and work diligently through your carpets, and spend more time where fleas are likely to break their camp: areas that don’t receive much direct sunlight, places where your dog peed or pooped before or areas of where there was blood previously. After you have done that, go ahead and use some good old botanical dust that includes Borate acid. This is an old method that has been proven to work well. Use it on your carpet, bed, furniture and make sure that rooms are well ventilated. Try not to breath it in while you’re dusting.
Finally, get a dehumidifier (or maybe three) and have them going in a few of your rooms. Fleas love humid air, so dehumidifier will make them uncomfortable and possibly kill some fleas, as well as prevent the spread of additional ones.
2nd: Wash your Fido
Make sure you buy a decent dog flea shampoo that is designed to treat fleas, not just prevent them. Dog fleas on humans are easier to wash of than those on dogs because of their furry coats. You can
After giving your dog a proper bath, immediately put on a flea-killing product on your pet. Usually, a flea collar or some sort of oral medication will work well; obviously you can try everything that isn’t harmful to your pooch.
Don’t forget to groom your dog, too. Cut your pooch’s hair as short as you can possibly afford. Comb well and examine the skin.
A lot of dog owners make the mistake of giving up too soon. If you treat just one area of your house, the fleas will most likely come back in a very short period of time. But using the suggested methods, once you make them disappear completely, you should also try to keep fleas at bay by using preventative measures like flea collars and spot treatments. I’m sure that after experiencing an encounter of dog fleas on humans, no pet owner will hesitate to pay closer attention to this problem.