Fleas are everywhere, be it inside or outside. As a matter of fact, flea bites are extremely common and prevalent in almost every part of the globe.
The most comfortable place for you on the planet that is usually your home can become troublesome if it is encountered with household pests. All homes can occasionally become homes for the pests also, if not taken the desired steps to get rid of them.
A flea bite is usually itchy at the first instance and can get more painful if there is a constant itching and irritation on the affected area of the skin.
Also, these tiny creatures reproduce so quickly and produce their off springs, especially if they have a presence at indoors (your home).
With their frequency and severity, there is a requirement of professional pest control services at times to get rid of their presence in the home.
Types of Household Pests
While most of the pests can act as a cause of nuisance, others may cause serious trouble like biting, stinging and transmitting diseases. Also, some pests can even cause structural damage to the value of your home.
To do away with this problem, reaching out for a bug spray seems to be the easiest & effective option available. But, here proper understanding of the situation is required with a healthy and adaptable solution.
While there are almost hundreds of varieties of household pests like bug, ant, cockroach, mice, fly, dust fly etc., the most common and troublesome can be fleas.
Fleas can be found in and out the humans and feed on humans, pets and other animals.
How to Prevent And Treat Flea Bites
Fleas are known as parasitic insect that feeds on the blood of mammals (human, pets) and birds. Flea bites are often recognized with redness, constant itching and swelling of the affected area of the skin. This may often occur with 2-3 spots or clusters with redness around the skin.
If you fail to eliminate the reproduction of fleas in your home, they can literally make your home into a living hell, taking the place all over. But, fret not, there are ways to prevent flea bites indoor and outside.
You can opt for a flea spray with IGR, flea bombs or flea trappers, but the best solution depends on the individual situation. Let’s have a look on the ways to treat flea bites:
Stop Pets from Getting on to Your Bed
It is annoying enough to have fleas infest your pets but it’s even worse to find the blood sucking parasites in your bed. Some of you may go into a panic when you discover these pesky insects among your pillows, blankets or on your mattress.
However, instead of stressing about the infestation of fleas in your bed, it’s better to take a deep breath and take prompt action.
Fleas don’t fall from the ceiling or emerge from the ground to get into your bedding.
There will be a source that brings fleas to your bedroom and it is very likely to be your pets which are fleas’ favorite hosts.
Fleas are more often found first on pets than in bedding so if you experience a bite and suspect that there are fleas in your bedroom, it is advisable to double check because it may also be bed bugs.
As soon as you notice that your bed has fleas in it, check your pets to see if they are infested or not and stop them from getting onto the bed with you.
Treat the fleas from the source before trying to remove fleas from the bed.
For your pets, purchase flea shampoo and a flea comb.
You will need to use these regularly until all traces of parasites are gone.
Wash and Vacuum Your Bedding Often
The simplest step for preventing flea bites is to vacuum your furniture and furnishings on a daily basis. The focus of vacuuming should be on sofas, carpets, beds and the places where your pets often stay.
There is a simple and non-toxic way to remove fleas from your bed if they are there: wash the bedding in very hot soapy water.
Fleas cannot survive at temperatures of over 90°F. Therefore, if you wash and dry all of your pillows, sheets, and blankets at this temperature, the fleas will be killed right away.
If it is not possible to wash or steam clean your mattress, then vacuum it very well and place it in the hot sun for a day.
The flea life cycle includes eggs, larvae, pupae and adults, so you’ll need to vacuum the bed regularly to ensure that all flea offspring will be completely eradicated, otherwise flea eggs may hatch and soon develop into mature fleas.
You may want to sprinkle some DE or baking soda onto your bed before vacuuming as both of these substances are poisonous to fleas while at the same time being non-toxic to humans.
Move the vacuum cleaner along the mattress on both sides and make sure that you vacuum any hidden corners.
Make sure you seal and remove the vacuum bag right away so that fleas have no chance of escaping and infesting the house or bed again.
If fleas are present in your bed, there is high chance that they could be elsewhere in your house as well.
Treating fleas in your bed only may not prevent other fleas in the house from invading your sleeping space again. It is best to clean up your house thoroughly.
Vacuuming every room is a good option that will help to suck up fleas and their offspring. Start with carpets, rugs, sofas and other upholstery, and especially places that your pets frequent.
You may set up flea traps or use a flea fogger to get rid of the insects.
However, natural non-toxic methods are highly recommended.
Resort to pesticides only when you face a heavy infestation.
Use Flea Repellent
You can use a flea repellent on your body while sleeping and at times when the fleas are most active.
Try Essential Oils for Natural Flea Repellent
If you wish to go a natural way, you can apply lavender oil, peppermint oil, cedar wood oil, eucalyptus oil that may help to prevent flea bites.
Additional Information: Reasons to Use a Natural and Organic Insect Repellent
Call a Professional
Still if you are struggling with flea infestation, then the last resort should be calling the professional flea exterminator.
How to Easily Recognize and Differentiate a Flea Bite?
There is a special distinction about a flea bite, they generally remain small and do not get swelled up unlike some of the mosquito bites. If you have been bitten by a flea, you are most likely to see the following symptoms on your skin:
- The appearance of a red “halo like circle” around the center of the bite area.
- The bite affected area would appear to be smaller and would be more like a red bump.
- It could be that there is a group of 2-3 flea bites in a straight line on the affected area of the skin.
- It may also happen that they usually occur at or around the areas of ankles and legs.
- The other most common area for a flea bite to occur is around the waist, armpits, groin, breasts, or also in the folds of the elbows and knees area.
What are Common Symptoms of Flea Bites?
- There are no such distinctive features of a flea bite and it normally has common symptoms like itching and irritation on the affected patch of the skin.
- Sometimes, it may also happen that the flea bite affected skin area becomes very itchy and the skin around the affected bite area of each bite could become excessive painful, swollen and sore.
- During such severe conditions, you may also experience hives or may also develop a skin rash (red in color) near the site of the flea bite.
- It has found that one must restrain from excessive scratching as it will cause the skin to be damaged further and can let to develop a second bacterial infection on the skin.
- When you are bitten by a flea, always avoid excessive scratching and also at the same time, monitor your flea bites, so as to know if there is any sign of infection that may include white top blisters and skin rash.
Ways To Treat Flea Bites
Generally, there is no requirement of any treatment for flea bites, as they go by their own with time. However, at the same time, if you do not wish to be bitten by a flea, you must get rid of their presence especially at the indoors.
There are some natural and home remedies that can help treat the flea bites at home only. Let’s have a look on some of the ways to treat flea bites:
- Wrapping ice packs in a towel and rubbing it on the infected area can help prevent the swelling and itching.
- Apply aloe vera gel or cream, depending upon the suitability of the individual. This will lessen the redness, swelling and irritation on the skin.
- If you are feeling uneasy with the constant itching, try out applying some witch hazel on the affected area.
- Use tea tree oil to get some temporary relief from itching.
- To relieve inflammation, it’s recommended to use cold teabags from the freezer and apply it on the flea bitten area.
- Rubbing alcohol on the skin can also act as a good way to treat flea bite.
By following the above home remedies, you can get a temporary relief but if the irritation and selling continues to increase, it’s advised to see a doctor.
Also, always avoid scratching the flea bites as this will create an open wound that can let the bacteria in, leading to infection.
Concluding Thoughts – Preventing and Treating Flea Bites
Fleas may come back again and again if you neglect to check your house and your pets for them.
Prompt action to treat fleas on pets, beds and the house overall is necessary to de-flea your sleeping and living space.
Regularly tidy up your house both indoors and outdoors, check your beloved pets for fleas and treat them as early as possible.
All these measures will help to keep your bed safe from flea infestation.