Fleas are small, annoying creatures that can easily jump from one animal to the next. In fact, if you have a pet dog, you’re likely familiar with fleas; they often hitch a ride on your furry friend when you take them for a walk. Fleas can also travel long distances on humans—sometimes even to other houses. So what do you do if you find fleas in your home after an outdoor outing with your pet? There’s not always an easy answer, but there are several steps you can take to reduce the chances of an infestation and protect yourself and your family. Read on for tips on how to fight off fleas in your home and protect yourself from their nasty bites.
What are fleas?
Fleas are small, jumping insects that commonly infest animals such as dogs and cats. They can also infest humans, and can spread diseases to other people through contact with fleas or their feces. Fleas can jump up to 12 inches (30 cm) and can travel on people or objects to move from one place to another.
How do fleas get on humans?
Fleas can travel on humans to another house if the pet is allowed outdoors and the flea infestation is high enough. Fleas are able to jump great distances and can live up to 30 days off of blood.
How can fleas travel from one house to another?
Fleas can travel on humans to another house through the use of petting, clothing, or other objects. When a flea jumps onto a person it injects saliva into the host’s skin, which contains an insecticide. This causes the person to swell up with blood and the flea can then drop off into another part of the house where it will lay its eggs.
What can be done to prevent flea travel?
There are a few things that can be done to prevent flea travel on humans. Fleas can not fly, so the only way they can move from one house to another is if they are carried by a pet or person.
Some of the things that can be done to prevent flea travel include: vacuuming carpets and upholstery regularly; using a topical treatment such as ovitraze or pyrethrum; keeping pets indoors and away from areas where there is high traffic; and keeping your yard free of weeds and debris which could serve as hiding places for fleas.
Fleas can travel on humans to another house, but this is not common. Fleas can live up to 30 days on a human and will typically lay their eggs within the first 24 hours of being on the host.