What Do Flea Bites Look Like?

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Although we often associate flea bites with our pets, fleas do bite humans as well. They make their way into our homes by way of our dogs and cats or other wildlife living on our properties. A small group of fleas can quickly burst into an outbreak of hundreds, but they can still be hard to spot. If you have noticed small red bite marks around your ankles, knees, elbows, armpits, or other creased areas on your body, you might have a flea infestation on your hands.

How Long Do Flea Bites Last?

People often confuse flea bites with bed bug bites. So what do flea bites look like? These are the main differences between bed bug bites vs flea bites:

  • Bed bugs bite in lines or zig zag patterns and will bite any skin that is exposed while you sleep.
  • Flea bites are found in unorganized clumps and are usually found in areas where your body folds, like elbows and knees. They are small and dark red with a less pronounced ring of swelling than many other bug bites.

Flea bites last for a day or two if your reaction is mild and you don’t scratch the bites. In worse cases, bites that see adverse reactions can last for one to two weeks, or longer if they become infected. They usually heal on their own without treatment, but if your symptoms are bothering you, apply anesthetic creams or calamine lotion to the bite areas.

Can Flea Bites Make You Sick?

Flea bites can lead to a long list of issues in more severe cases. They can pass on bacterial diseases, and itching the bites can lead to infections. Fleas have the potential to more seriously affect our pets, passing on tapeworms and inciting cases of anemia.

If you’ve been experiencing symptoms related to flea bites for two weeks or longer, reach out to a medical professional for an assessment.

Preventing Flea Bites in Georgia

To best prevent flea bites by yourself, keep an eye out for excessive itching in pets or excess wildlife in your yard. If you believe that your home has been infested, contact your local flea control experts. Our technicians at Active Pest Control can quickly wipe out a flea infestation in your home and help you prevent another from occurring. Contact us today to find out more about our services!

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