Can You Get Fleas From Your Pet?

As pet owners, we worry about the possibility of our furry (and feathered) friends coming in contact with fleas. It starts with noticing your pet itching themselves more than usual. Next thing you know, you have an infestation in your home. 

And because fleas are known for jumping long distances, it’s only natural to wonder, “Can I get them as well?” Today, we answer that question and cover what to do in the event of a flea infestation in your home. 

Can Fleas Live on Humans?

Fleas don’t technically live on humans, as the fur and feathers found on animals is much more conducive to breeding and offers protection. They are also very unlikely to transfer from one human to another. Instead, these itchy pests spread from infested pet beddings or animals.

What do Flea Bites Look Like?

Fleas often bite the feet, ankles and legs. In most cases, the first few bites don’t cause skin lesions. However, the more fleas bite a person, the worse the bites may become. They may start as dark red bumps, which change into red circular patches with a dark center. 

Avoid scratching them, especially if they develop into blisters, as this can introduce bacteria. Seek medical attention if you develop an allergic reaction or an infection from flea bites.

Preventative Measures

Keep in mind that just because fleas don’t live on humans doesn’t mean they can’t infest your home. Take preventative action by treating your pets with the appropriate anti-flea products; ask your veterinarian about which is safest. Clear your yard of tall grass where wild animals who are potential carriers might hide. Heavy-duty wire mesh will keep out rodents and rabbits.

What if My Pet Already Has Fleas?

Get rid of the fleas on your pet by bathing them with flea shampoo, but consult with your veterinarian before doing so. The shampoo will kill adults and eggs. Be sure to launder ped beddings in hot water as well.

Your house is another issue. Some treatments are available at your local store that might solve your problem if applied correctly and in the right place. With females laying up to 50 eggs a day, they might also just return after some time. A flea infestation is not something to tackle on your own. At Dayton’s Pest Control, our team of pest control technicians has the expertise and training to ensure that your home and your pets are flea-free. Contact Dayton’s Pest Control Services.