Understanding Fleas Although they can jump, adult fleas do not usually travel long distances without a host. Fleas prefer to wait and jump onto a passing animal. Once aboard, they remain until they are dislodged or groomed from the animal. Without a host, adult fleas live only a few days to 2 weeks.
Fleas can also hide in subtle places in the house. And like bed bugs, they can hide and get transferred through moving furniture. When you move a couch or other furniture from one house to another or just from one room to the next, you carry the fleas that hide in them. Most likely, you won’t be carrying adult fleas.
If an untreated pet enters the house then a flea can hop on board, feed and produce eggs although this takes 24 hours and if they are not in your home by then they won’t perpetuate the lifecycle – although they could start a new infestation in their own home! Much less common are human fleas.
Flea home remedies Dish soap. This home flea remedy involves creating a flea trap using dish soap and some water. Herbal flea spray. Rapid home remedies suggest using an herbal flea spray to get rid of fleas from your home. Baking soda. Salt. Lemon spray. Diatomaceous earth. Rosemary. Flea repelling plants.
Scientists have determined that vacuuming kills fleas in all stages of their lives, with an average of 96 percent success in adult fleas and 100 percent destruction of younger fleas.
There are over 2,000 species of fleas. Only one species lives on the blood of humans. This species of flea is called Pulex Irritans, and it certainly can live in human hair. Many other species of fleas can hitch a ride in human hair in order to get to a species of warm-blooded creature with blood it prefers to eat.
It is quite possible, if you happen to sit on a sofa which is flea infested or sit near an infested pet. Like Karkyy said, the pests would attach themselves onto you, or to be more specific, to your clothes. Fortunately, fleas are a dog specific problem and don’t live on humans.
Wash as many clothes, sheets, and bedding that you can push through. The fleas can jump high enough to latch onto hanging clothing in a closet, so there really is nothing that is safe during an infestation.
How to get rid of fleas in your home Use a powerful vacuum on any floors, upholstery, and mattresses. Employ a steam cleaner for carpets and upholstery, including pet beds. Wash all bedding, including your pet’s, in hot water. Use chemical treatments.
Once a flea infestation has set up in your home, it can take a while to completely clear it. The cocoon stage in the flea life cycle can remain dormant within your home for many months, so new fleas can continue to emerge for months, even after treatment.
Strong odors like eucalyptus, lavender, clove, citrus, peppermint and citronella work as effective repellents. Cedar beds for dogs are so popular because of their ability to repel fleas. The scent won’t kill fleas but it does effectively repel them.
Adult fleas stay on the animal, but eggs fall off into carpets where they develop. If you don’t have pets, then the fleas won’t survive long. Even if you had been bitten, human blood doesn’t provide enough sustenance for survival or reproduction. The fleas will die on their own in around a week.
You can also use natural flea repellents, including some essential oils, directly on skin. One small, human study found that thyme oil and myrtle oil were more repellent against fleas on people than either permethrin or DEET.
Fleas do not hibernate, and they do not become inactive in the winter. Since fleas are opportunistic, they’re going to ride pets into the home and hunker down for the cold season, since their sole purpose is to feed and repopulate. ( Fleas cannot survive in freezing temperatures so they’re not about to try to leave).
Undisturbed and without a meal (blood from a host), a flea can live more than 100 days. On average, they live two to three months. Female fleas cannot lay eggs until after their first blood meal and begin to lay eggs within 36-48 hours after that meal.