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“Do Fleas Bite Humans?” and Other Flea FAQ

Fleas are tiny parasites that can cause a lot of problems for both pets and humans. They are commonly found on dogs and cats, but they can also bite people. In this article, we will answer some of the most common questions about fleas. Do fleas bite humans? Can you get fleas from your pet? How do you get rid of fleas? Keep reading to find out!

Do fleas bite humans?

Yes, fleas can bite humans. In fact, flea bites are a common problem for people who have pets. Fleas will bite any warm-blooded animal, including humans. The bites are usually found around the ankles and legs, where fleas can easily reach. Flea bites often cause red, itchy bumps on the skin. If you have a flea bite, you may also experience swelling and irritation.

Can you get fleas from your pet?

Yes, you can get fleas from your pet. Fleas often live on cats and dogs, and they can jump onto humans sitting or standing nearby. If you have a pet, it is important to regularly check them for fleas and to treat them if they have any.

How do you get rid of fleas?

To get rid of a flea problem in your home, you'll need to do two things: determine the source of the fleas and develop a long-term solution for flea control.

  • If your pets are the source of the fleas, you should consult your veterinarian about the best options for flea treatment and prevention, given your pet's biology, breed, age, medical history, etc.
  • As far as exterminating fleas from your home, it's best to work with an experienced pest control professional. This will be your best bet at obtaining an effective, long-term solution. If you're unsure where the fleas in your home are coming from, a pest control professional can help with this as well.

What do fleas look like?

Adult fleas are dark brown or reddish-brown insects, and they are very small, about the size of a sesame seed. They use their long hind legs to jump from host to host. Fleas also have piercing-sucking mouthparts that they use to feed on the blood of their hosts.

Flea eggs are white and about the size of a grain of sand. They are often found on animals or in areas where animals sleep or rest.

Flea larvae are small, translucent-white worms (about two to five millimeters long) and can have a dark, brownish head. You’ll typically find them in areas with high humidity, such as under sinks or in basements.

What time of year are fleas most active?

Flea activity starts picking up in early spring. These pests typically are most active in the summer months, when the weather is warm. However, fall can also be a peak season for flea infestations, so be sure to keep up your pet's flea prevention! During late fall and early winter in cold climates, fleas often go into a state of dormancy and may hibernate hidden away in carpeting, pet beds, furniture, and other areas around the house.

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