I Would Like To Know If Fleas Can Live On Humans And Make There Skin Itch?


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Thomas Rooney Profile
Thomas Rooney answered
Flea bites are nasty things that can really get into your skin and irritate you, but flea bites do not have a tendency to live on people, particularly if you own pets such as dogs or cats. The good news is fleas don't live on people generally but just on our bodies. There are such things in existence as human fleas known as Pulex irritans who usually prefer to feed on humans or pigs, but these parasites are uncommon in homes and more often linked to wildlife.

The fleas that take over our households are almost always cat fleas otherwise known as Ctenocephalides felis. Cat fleas are just as likely to feed on your dog as they are on your cat. And these types of fleas can bite people occasionally.

Adult fleas are built for hiding in fur because their unusual flattened bodies help them circumnavigate between pieces of fur or hair. This is thanks to their backwards-facing spines on their bodies that help them cling to fur when your pet is moving. Contrast this to our relatively hairless bodies which don't make great hiding places for fleas, and it's much harder for them to hang on to our skin.

When an invasion occurs, these bloodthirsty fleas are competing for your pet, and may begin biting your body instead. These types of bites tend to occur on the ankles or lower legs and they do itch, especially if you're allergic to them.

Do be wary though as while fleas rarely tend to house themselves on human skin, they can and will live happily in a human home regardless of a pet presence and if fleas do decide to settle into your home then take the necessary precautions.
Lynn Perie Profile
Lynn Perie answered
Fleas can be carried on your clothing, in your shoe, they don't "live" on people per say, but they do hitch rides. A flea bite will itch for a while too. To check if your home is flea free, put a dish with water and a bit of dish soap in it. Put a lit candle in the middle (fleas are attracted to the light) They will jump to the light and get stuck into the soap/water mix. Do this over night and check in the morning to see if there are fleas in the dish, then you'll know if you still have fleas or not.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
How long can fleas live outside of a dog, and how long can they live on furniture or on a bed...
Ryan Samuel Profile
Ryan Samuel answered

Fleas normally live in the skin of furry animals and do not focus on human skin. But still they are a threat to us as they get transferred to us from house pets. Though they don’t live and feed on human skin, they can still cause itching. Flea bites can also cause skin rashes with a burning sensation in very sensitive skins. Ignoring the presence of fleas could be even fatal as certain fleas like the rat flea can cause plague. 

It is important to get rid of fleas frequently, especially if you own pets. Keep the surroundings clean and take your pet for frequent health checkups. Considering your household, this problem can be taken care by hiring a good home pest control service that can examine the level of the infestation and exterminate it in an effective way. Home pest control service offers high levels of hygiene that reduces the life cycle of fleas. Therefore, hiring professional help is the best way to keep such monsters at bay. For best services contact Pest Free Sydney at 

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