Last updated on April 3rd, 2019 at 07:07 am
Fleas have over 2000 species and subspecies which according to pestremovalguide.com “have adapted themselves well in all types of terrains and regions, so their effects are seen anywhere and everywhere.”
The first sign of flea infestation in a home is when your pets start scratching, biting or licking themselves unreasonably. These parasites are commonly seen on cats and dogs that than on humans.
Can cat fleas live on humans?
Many people have asked; can cat fleas live on human beings? Pets owners will be disenchanted to discover that the answer to this question is a reverberating yes. Indeed, they can bite humans. Fleabites.com confirms that “flea bites on humans usually come from dog, cat or human.”
As a pet owner, this must be a little worrying if you notice these parasites on your pet since they will also bite you.
Perhaps after discovering this, you now understand as to why proper flea termination is very fundamental to every pet owner. These parasites are a real bother especially when they affect human beings.
Orkin.com further states that “today, most cat flea bites result in minor itchiness and discomfort on humans.” However, it is vital to note that scratching the itchy areas should be discouraged as much as possible. You should understand that if you scratch your skin, you could damage the skin tissues opening floodgates for various infections.
There are over the counter products creams and lotions that can be applied to address the itching, and this would fundamentally depend on the type of the victim’s skin.
Fleas in human hair
Apart from biting the areas below knees, when on a human being can also be found in the hair. Sadly, removing them from human hair can be a big challenge, i.e., getting rid of these parasites from human hair especially if it is thick can be so challenging especially if they are many of them.
When these parasites invade on human hair, they can result in various symptoms that could be mild or adverse. Some of the common symptoms that many people usually experience when they have these parasites include itching, red welts, and bumps on the scalp.
However, some people who have become immune to the parasites may not show any significant symptom.
Fleas on humans are commonly found in the scalp hair since they can’t adequately survive on the human skin. Pestremovalguide.com confirms that “flea actually can’t survive on human skin, due to the scarcity of hair or fur on the human body, but still it can give painful bites to humans.”
Flea Treatment for Humans
Depending on the extent of the infestation, the cat fleas on humans can be treated in several ways. These include natural products, over the counter and doctor’s prescription.
Note that, as already stated, before you apply any treatment, the first thing you should do is to avoid scratching the bites. You can use ice or cold water to soothe the itch. After that, you can proceed with your treatments.
Now, let us explore the various treatments for human beings.
Natural flea treatment for humans
The first thing you should do is to make sure that your home is flea-free. You can plant some pennyroyal in your home or garden, but you must be extra careful if you have kids and pets. This plant is hazardous.
You can also mix some natural products and use the mixture to mop your floors after vacuuming your home after every few days. Mix tea tree oil, citronella oil, lemongrass oil, and geranium oil in warm water and use it to mop your floors.
You as well sprinkle boric acid on your carpets and upholstery after a thorough vacuum them and leave it for about 12 hours.
Above all, cleanliness at your home is the first step to avert dog and cat fleas on humans. Cleaning is essential if you intend to eliminate them. You should ensure your home carpets, upholstery and other items are vacuumed at least twice a week.
In addition to ensuring your home cleanliness, you must consider also consider your pets’ hygiene. Fleas can quickly infest your pet which will bring them back to your home.
You must thus groom, clean and bathe your pets regularly. You use shampoo, spray, and powder fashioned for these parasites during bathing. Not all pets can be bathed as some will get stressed if you soak them.
Medication for cat fleas’ bites on humans
Apart from the home remedies, there are creams and lotions acquired over the counter that can be applied to manage bite from thee parasites.
If the creams and lotions don’t help your situation, there are antihistamines informs of tablets and liquids that can also be applied to treat the same problems.
If you have used the home remedies and the OTC products, and the symptoms of flea bites are still persistent, consider a visiting a dermatologist.
The most critical part in preventing flea bites on a human is to focus on the pet’s hygiene and to make sure that our home is a not conducive environment for these parasites.
Again, the bites are usually mild despite the little itching. However, they can worsen if left untreated and can provide leeway for other infections.