Human fleas can be a big problem for pet owners. The parasite, also called Pulex irritans, prefers to feast on human blood. Pig farmers or people working with swine are the most susceptible, but the fleas can also be spread by dogs and cats to their owners. Human fleas can pass on a variety of diseases, although they're typically more of an annoyance. But in some people, the bites can cause a severe medical reaction.
Getting rid of them takes some time and effort, but it's well worth it. How much effort depends on how rampant the problem is. And remember—if you are unable to get rid of the pesky insect yourself, you can always call in the professionals.
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Things you need
- Flea spray
- Vacuum cleaner
- Flea bomb
Thoroughly vacuum all the carpets in your house. Focus on the area where your pet spends most of its time. Throw away the vacuum bag after each vacuuming. You will need to vacuum daily, until fleas are no longer a problem. Rent a steam cleaner if you'd like to go the extra mile, and also wash all noncarpeted floors. According to Texas A&M University, vacuuming gets rid of 30 per cent of the parasite's larvae and 60 per cent of eggs.
Throw your pet's bedding or carpet into a hot dryer. Treat carpets with a good flea spray. You can also get them steam cleaned.
Wash your pet thoroughly and use a flea comb. Focus on its face, neck and the area in front of the tail.
Inspect your pets regularly for fleas.
Buy a flea bomb if the problem persists and you find you need to fumigate. Follow the directions on the side of the package regarding protective clothing. Ensure that everyone in the household is out of the house for several hours if you decide to go this route. You can always call a pest management company if you would rather someone else do the job.
Go to the vet to gauge your pet's health and find out if it needs flea tablets, flea shampoo, a flea collar or flea powder. If you find that you have been bitten, you might want to go to your local pharmacy and purchase a mild steroid cream which you can get without a prescription. See your doctor for more severe itching or bumps to get a prescription for antibiotics.
Tips and warnings
- Thoroughly read the directions on how to use flea spray and flea bomb.
- You might want to pay a visit to your pet's vet. See your own doctor if you are having a severe reaction to the fleas.
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