The Top 10 Home Remedies for Flea Bites

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Suffering From a Flea Bite? Check Out These Home Remedies

Here in South Carolina, we have to contend with a lot of biting and stinging insects. But out of all of the bug bites you might suffer, few are as itchy and unpleasant as flea bites.

Are you covered in itchy, red bites? Wondering if they’re actually flea bites, and what to do about them if so? Keep reading to find out how to identify flea bites, and learn more about home remedies to help relieve itching, redness, and discomfort. Plus, find out where to contact a flea control professional for help.


Flea Bites and Fleas In Your Home

Fleas often make their way into your home thanks to the presence of pets. Homeowners with dogs or cats are therefore much more likely to encounter fleas than those without. Even if you don’t own a dog or cat, however, it’s still possible to end up with a flea infestation in your home.

When bitten by a flea, you’ll generally feel it immediately: the bite is accompanied by a very slight (albeit usually not serious) discomfort. A single flea will typically bite several times in the same area, often around the feet, ankles, or lower legs. While there’s little initial discomfort, the bites will begin to itch later on.

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What Do Flea Bites Look Like?

Flea bites typically appear as small, red spots on the skin. They often occur in clusters, as individual fleas will bite multiple times on the same area of the body.

There’s little initial discomfort from a flea bite, but intense itching often develops after a short period of time. Typical symptoms of flea bites include:

  • Itching
  • Red spots around the bites (accompanied by a halo)
  • Rash
  • Swelling

Bites often appear on the lower extremities of the body, including the calves, shins, ankles, and feet. Fleas will jump from carpets, rugs, or furniture onto humans to feed.


Home Remedies for Flea Bites and How to Use Them

When it comes to treating flea bites at home, there are a number of home remedies that you might try. If you believe you’re suffering from an allergic reaction or experiencing serious symptoms, however, contact a physician immediately.

Here are 10 home remedies you might consider trying for the itching and irritation associated with flea bites:

1. Ice packs: Using a cold compress or ice pack can help to cool and numb the skin around flea bites, reducing the amount of itching you experience.

2. Aloe vera: While we often think of aloe vera as a home remedy for sunburns, it can also be an effective option for flea bites. Apply aloe vera gel to flea bites to reduce redness and discomfort.

3. Witch hazel: As an astringent, witch hazel can help to reduce the itchiness and redness associated with flea bites.

4. Rubbing alcohol: Mix a small amount of rubbing alcohol with water and apply to flea bites with a cotton ball. It can help reduce the risk of infection from scratching, as well as cut down on discomfort.

5. Vinegar: As with rubbing alcohol, vinegar can be applied to a cotton ball and then dabbed onto flea bites to cut down on itching and irritation.

6. Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and can be applied to flea bites for relief. Be sure to dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil in order to avoid making the irritation worse.

7. Used tea bag: Just finished enjoying a cup of tea? A cool, moist, used tea bag can provide relief from flea bites thanks to the astringent properties of tea.

8. Lemon: Much like vinegar, lemon juice can be applied to flea bites with a cotton ball for fast relief.

9. Honey: Since ancient times, honey has been used for its antimicrobial properties. Applying it to flea bites can soothe the skin.

10. Calamine lotion: As an over-the-counter anti-itch lotion, calamine is effective when it comes to reducing the itching and discomfort associated with flea bites.


Flea Control and Flea Treatment

While home remedies can be helpful for reducing the itching associated with flea bites, it’s important to take care of the problem at its source. Flea control in your home involves both treating the existing flea problem and practicing flea prevention to avoid future infestations.

First off, you’ll need to find the source of fleas in your home. This is typically a household pet. If a pet is infested with fleas, it’s important to eliminate the fleas on your pet while also treating any fleas present in your home. This typically involves giving your pet a flea bath. Going forward, it’s important to apply some form of preventive flea treatment to your pet in order to avoid future flea infestations.

After you’ve dealt with the fleas on your pet, sweep and vacuum your home thoroughly. Be sure to vacuum furniture and any upholstered surfaces where fleas might be hiding. Wash pet bedding with warm or hot water if possible, and be sure to wash the sheets and blankets on your bed as well. If anything in your home is heavily infested, it may be best to simply dispose of the item.


Contact a Flea Control Professional

Once you’ve done the preliminary work of treating your pet for fleas and thoroughly cleaning your home, you’ll want to contact a home pest control professional. Eliminating fleas on your own can be a challenge. Just when you think you’ve gotten rid of them, you discover new signs of fleas in your home. It can take repeat treatments to eliminate them for good, and consumer flea treatment products are often ineffective.

The experts at Home Pest Control can devise a custom flea control strategy tailored to your individual needs, eliminating your flea infestation as quickly as possible. With the help of professional pest control services and the application of flea prevention on your pets, your home can stay flea free.

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Written By: Home Pest

August 12, 2019

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