What Do Flea Bites Look Like?


You probably think of fleas as just pests that infest dogs, right? Fleas usually prefer rodents and other wild vermin as animal hosts, then they might hop onto and hitch a ride indoors on you or one of your pets and select your pet as a host. But even if you don’t have pets, you can still get fleas at home. Even if you keep your house immaculately clean. You might even have a pet cat who NEVER goes outside, and you might still find yourself dealing with fleas at home.

Fleas are blood-sucking parasites that can be found all over the United States, including in Texas. Once fleas establish a presence in your home, they multiply quickly, and become increasingly difficult to get rid of. Whenever you have flea problems at home, it’s usually not just because of the adult fleas you might find on your pets. Most of the problem stems from the increasing numbers of eggs being laid in the carpet, furniture, pet bedding, etc., along with the increasing numbers of flea larvae and pupae.

Fleas leave itchy bites on your skin and on the skin of your pets, but worse, they can also transmit diseases and tapeworms to those in your home. Interestingly, fleas and their bites are often confused with bed bugs and bed bug bites. What do flea bites look like?


What Do Flea Bites Look Like?

What are the main differences between flea bites and bed bug bites?  Both insect parasite pests leave red itchy bumps after they’ve bitten you or one of your pets.

One easy way to tell the difference is by considering the victim. Bed bugs have been known to bite pets sometimes, but they almost always bite humans in bed. Another way to tell the difference between the two insects’ bites is by the location of the bites or swelling. Bed bugs usually bite people above the waist, while fleas often inflict their bites on humans and pets in many of the following areas:

  • face
  • hands/paws
  • head/behind ears
  • shoulder
  • neck
  • shoulders
  • arms
  • ankles
  • legs


How to Treat Flea Bites

Flea bites can be treated by washing with warm soap and water, and applying an antiseptic if necessary. Only apply medications to your pet as advised by a veterinarian.

If you, anyone in your family, or any of your pets experience a severe allergic reaction to a flea bite (or any other pest’s bite), you should seek medical attention promptly.

You can do everything you can to help keep fleas at bay at home, including keeping your home clean and tidy, and checking/treating your pets for fleas frequently. But even with all the preventive methods you might implement, you might still have to deal with fleas at some point. Fleas reproduce quickly, and the sooner you address a flea problem, the sooner you’ll have success. Fleas can find their way even into the cleanest of homes and you may need to call in professional help. Call our Texas pest control experts today at 832.898.0190! Or email us at [email protected] for a free consultation. We can help you, your family, and pets enjoy a flea-free life at home.

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