Last Updated: June 12, 2018

Most people realize that fleas in their home and on their pets can be a real nuisance. Not only do these mischievous little creatures cause itching for both man and beast, but they also cause embarrassment. There is nothing more humiliating then going to work or at a restaurant where your sitting right beside other people, and you scratch your head or move your arm, to reveal a flea crawling on your skin, for others to see.

Can Fleas Live on Humans?

There is a common misconception by a lot of so called experts that fleas do not, or will not live on humans. This is not true, there is a species of fleas called: Human Fleas that do and will live on humans, in their hair. I am not talking about lice, but fleas.

Fleas need warmth, food and shelter to live and be happy where they are. A person who does not bathe or shower frequently or wash their hair with shampoo, is a great host for fleas. And even folks that do keep themselves very clean still provide a temporarily home for flea pests. Fleas love blood, in fact it’s their food. Humans as well as pets need blood to live, and the blood both humans and pets have, also serves as a tasty food to the fleas. Fleas don’t care if they get food from a pet or a human, they love the blood of both.

A lot of folks think the fleas don’t hang around people because they lack the same living conditions as pets do, this is not true. Pets have a lot more hair then humans, but humans have hair also, most have hair on their heads, some have a lot others have none. Humans also have hair under their arms, and in other private places. All of these places provide a little bit of shelter for human fleas to hide and live comfortably.

Flea Shampoo for Humans

Taking a daily shower, using shampoo and soap easily kills human fleas and removes them off our bodies. Most flea shampoos are designed for dogs, but there are a few that work well for people as well.

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Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo is a good choice, but this generic tea tree shampoo is just as good for a portion of the price. Eucalyptus oil is a deterrent to fleas as well and Dr. Bronner’s is a good choice there. Finally, I am not a doctor and if you do this, it is 100% at your own risk, but flea shampoos for dogs contain roughly the same ingredients as lice shampoo for people and individuals with high exposure to ticks will sometimes use dog shampoos like Adam’s on themselves. Again, if you do that – I am not a doctor or physician and it’s at your own risk!!!

But besides lack of hair, humans have something that provides fleas the same shelter, clothing. Since clothing covers most of our bodies, it acts just like the hair of a pet to a flea, providing a very large place to live. Changing and washing our clothes in hot water, and drying them in a dryer, easily kills fleas and their eggs.

Flea bite symptoms may include the following:

  1. itchiness – the fleabite is known to be very itchy and often needs to be treated with aloe vera gel to ease the itchiness. This is attributed to the flea saliva as it injects into the wound when it bites its victim.
  2. red swelling– the bitten spot in most cases turns into a swollen red spot moments after being bitten
  3. Tiny wounds– after scratching the bite bumps; they burst and develop into small open wounds.
  4. Itchy legs and feet– the fleas are flightless but hop from place to place. They, therefore, find low targets such as legs and feet very lucrative.
  5. Hypersensitivity– this is after scratching the affected areas until they become sore and highly sensitive to touch.
  6. Secondary infections– the person may suffer from secondary infections due to excessive scratching and wound exposure to external environments.

Commercial Treatments & Remedies

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Stopping flea attacks at home may be a tricky subject for most. However, using the right methods, the task can prove very easy. Once bitten by fleas, you can use the following remedies:

  1. Hydrocortisone/Calamine Lotion– helps stop itchiness and accelerates healing. Contents of the lotion soothe itchiness from bites and can prove very effective especially with severe bites
  2. Lavender Oil- lavender oil hosts both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.it, therefore, can ease swelling, and potentially reduce itching. Lavender oil further defends against infections because of its antiseptic properties.
  3. Aloe Vera– it has soothing properties ideal for mild bites. It prevents potential scarring or further infections on the bites.
  4. Peppermint- peppermint is widely praised for its help in healing. It easily soothes the bites and stops itching
  5. Hot and Cold Therapies– this method has been used for a long time to accelerate the body’s natural healing process, should be considered if looking for a simple natural solution
  6. Exfoliate daily– exfoliation helps the skin to stop damage by healing potential scars maintaining a personal appearance. This can be done by using sugar, coffee or other naturally occurring products.
  7. Moisturize and Apply Ointments- moisturizing is the ultimate skin treatment and works to ease and soothe flea bites
  8. Silicone Scar Treatments– clinically, silicone treatments have proven effective in the reduction of scars over short periods. This method is ideal if you aim for a more industrialized approach to dealing with fleabites.

Natural Flea Remedies & Natural Flea Killer

  1. Plant the herb, ‘ Pennyroyal ‘, around your home or kennel, it repels fleas. You may also wish to grow and keep the inside your home or apartment.
  2. Bathe pets in a mixture of warm water and ‘ DAWN Lemon Scented Liquid Soap ‘. ‘ DAWN Lemon Scented Liquid soap ‘ is a great flea killer and repellent.
  3. If you have fleas coming inside, or notice them just outside your door, sprinkle a little ‘ Twenty Mule Team Borax Soap ‘, on the grass and lawn in this area.
  4. Pieces of Cedar Wood (chips) placed in the corners of rooms, under furniture and under a pets bedding keeps fleas away. The Cedar Chips placed next to a home or apartments, the doors, etc, also acts as a barrier to keep fleas out.
  5. Spray the kids and any family members legs and feet with original ‘ Avon SKIN SO SOFT Bath Oil Spray ‘, it has proven that this is a great product to keep fleas away and to stop them from biting.
  6. Instead of using strong chemicals and sprays on pets, some folks have great luck using ‘ Essential oils ‘, such as Lavender and Citronella to keep fleas away. The oils also have a healing and soothing effect on the pets skin, they help the skin and hair to detoxify and regenerate.
  7. Eucalyptus Leaves work very well for keeping fleas away, and they can be purchased online or at many health-food stores and even at some of the larger craft stores.
  8. Lemon spray repellent- try a fresh lemon. it’s a natural remedy that advises cutting a lemon into quarters, cover with boiling water, and let it sit overnight. the next day, spray the mixture on your cat or dog. make sure it does not get in his eyes, but do try to aim the spray at behind his ears, around and along the tail, and under his legs and paws. If your dog can’t tolerate spray, try rubbing the juice from a freshly squeezed lemon or orange on your dog or cat’s fur. Try to use fresh citrus and not citrus essential oil, which can be dangerous to your furry friend.

The the best protection against fleabites is prevention. If you suspect that your house may have fleas, it is recommended that you take action to exterminate them. Using an eco-friendly exterminator is usually the first choice for many. However, for a more hands-on approach, you may use flea bombs to get rid of fleas in the house. As a precautionary measure, if you have pets, take them to a veterinary to be checked of buy flea shampoo to wash them. Most affected pets include cats and dogs and may need washing on a frequent basis to ensure they are infestation free.

17 thoughts on “Fleas on People – Fleas on Humans

  1. Nina Reply

    I try to get rid of human fleas for 2 years now. Wash clothes every day, hoover, poison, fogger, teatree oil, freezing clothes… I am allergic against them and it is hard to sleep. I tried special earth, and lots of other things, shaved hair, wash hair 4 times a day, shower often… what else can I do? They are smaller than cat fleas but the allergic reaction is very strong. I can not breath when some bite me and antihistaminica do not help.

  2. Sharon Whitehead Reply

    I have been dealing with a flea infestation for over a year the doctors don’t believe me because they say that fleas bite their host and leave well that’s not true I have spent thousands of dollars what Dawn dishwashing liquid dishwashing and a whole lot of other things I’ve tried cannot seem to get rid of them because if you get in a tub of water they leave the bottom of your body and go up to your face laver and pupa and the flea got in beaded in to top layer of your skin because your skin is not as touch as a dog’s skin I just don’t know what else to do I want go around anyone due to them hoping can you help

    • Barb Botte Reply

      Try Epson salt diluted in water. They are vulnerable to dehydration from the salts. Not a complete answer, but may help.

  3. Mercedes Reply

    I need help please. I didn’t realize my dog had fleas until I got them. I took a shower right away. Did this help in any way?

  4. Becca Reply

    I found what looked like to be a died flea. What shampoo can I use to kill them?

  5. Emalee Reply

    Non helped me.do you have a better idea of what I should do.pleas think of something.and fast.

  6. Connie L Tyler Reply

    I am going out of my mind. My grandson and I both have what I believe to be fleas. I cant get rid of them. We are not dirty and we.shower daily and wash our hair daily. They crawl.all over us and they are all over my house. I wash the bed clothe’s daily and our clothes get dried at high heat before we put them on and same for our pajamas. HELP

  7. Barb Botte Reply

    Curious to know if there was a response to anyone’s comments? People are being told that fleas do not live on humans unless they are Human Fleas. Something new is happening and the avian stick tight flea is perfectly happy to infest humans. Cleanliness aside, they stick and are seemingly impossible to get rid of. Doctors are baffled. My heart goes out to fellow suffers. Any suggestions? So far the only thing that seems to help control without hurting is Epson salt.

  8. Genevieve Reply

    PLEASE HELP. I don’t know how long it’s been since I had these but there annoying. I’m really scared , I don’t want these but I don’t know how to properly treat them. I’ll try doing the things you suggested but if there are any other advice you can give I would appreciate it.

  9. Nathan Reply

    Man I’ve had fleas for about a week now and honestly reading these comments are extremely discouraging. My son is going to be born any day now and I’m just trying my best to rid these damn fleas. I will update once I’ve successfully gotten rid of the pests.

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