What do Flea Bites Look Like?

Robert James
Pest Control Technician

Fleas are irritating tiny insects. Their bites are prickly and often accompanied by pain. Typically, one can get rid of flea bites using old home remedies. Nonetheless, some flea bites can cause infection, requiring medical attention.

Fleas are known to reproduce quickly, particularly in households with pets. Even if you don’t have any pets at home, your yard can always be threatened by flea attacks, causing you to end up with numerous bites on the body.

What Does It Look Like?

What do Flea Bites Look Like?

Flea bites are distinctive and easy to recognize. Unlike mosquito bites, flea bites appear as:

  • Tiny red bumps
  • A red or pinkish halo around the center of the bites
  • Bites in one line, in groups of four to five
  • Bites are commonly found on legs or ankles, groins, and elbows

Other Symptoms of Flea Bites

Flea bites show many common symptoms. First of all, they are itchy and cause the skin to get inflamed. Each bite can be distinctively painful or sore. If one or two different fleas have bit you at the same area, you can expect rash or hives on your skin.

Furthermore, excessive scratching ruptures the sensitive layer of the skin, leading to bacterial infection.

The first thing physicians recommend is to avoid scratching hives or rash caused by flea bites.

Where are They Coming From?

Fleas love pets. If you have pets at home, be sure of a flea attack once in a blue moon. But if you don’t own any pets, your yard may be hosting the fleas.

Fleas are excessively found in shaded areas near storage buildings, decks, and woodpiles, as well as near tall grass. It is best to get your yard treated every season to prevent yourself and your family from flea bites.

Find out more on; How Long Do Flea Bites Last

How to Treat Flea Bites?

Typically, a flea bite goes away on its own within a day or two. However, as flea bites can cause extreme itching and inflammation, then scratching causes swelling, rash and bleeding which can be treated (see also article on “Flea Bites: How to treat”) by the following old home remedies:

  • Apply ice as soon as you discover a flea bite on your skin. It reduces the inflammation and prevents itching
  • Apply olive oil or apple cider vinegar to reduce the effects of the flea dung.
  • Add Epsom or sea salt to your bath, it clears out the bacteria and prevents rash and hives from developing

What is more important is that you keep your house and pets free from fleas. Call for regular professional pest treatment to keep your house free of fleas (see also article on “Home Remedies For Fleas” for information on how to get rid of fleas).

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