Fleas on Humans
Most people realize that fleas in their homes and on their pets can be a real nuisance. Not only do these mischievous little creatures cause itching for both man and beast, but they also cause embarrassment. There is nothing more humiliating than going to work or at a restaurant where you’re sitting right beside other people, and you scratch your head or move your arm, to reveal a flea crawling on your skin, for others to see.
Can a Human Get Fleas?
There is a common misconception by a lot of so-called experts that fleas do not, or will not live on humans. This is not true, there is a species of fleas called: Human Fleas that do and will live on humans, in their hair. I am not talking about lice, but fleas.
Fleas need warmth, food, and shelter to live and be happy where they are. A person who does not bathe or shower frequently or wash their hair with shampoo is a great host for fleas. And even folks that do keep themselves very clean still provide a temporary home for flea pests. Fleas love blood, in fact, it’s their food. Humans as well as pets need blood to live, and the blood both humans and pets have, also serves as tasty food to the fleas. Fleas don’t care if they get food from a pet or a human, they love the blood of both.
A lot of folks think the fleas don’t hang around people because they lack the same living conditions as pets do, this is not true. Pets have a lot more hair than humans, but humans have hair also, most have hair on their heads, some have a lot of others have none. Humans also have hair under their arms and in other private places. All of these places provide a little bit of shelter for human fleas to hide and live comfortably.
Taking a daily shower, using shampoo and soap easily kills human fleas and removes them off our bodies. But besides lack of hair, humans have something that provides fleas the same shelter, clothing. Since clothing covers most of our bodies, it acts just like the hair of a pet to a flea, providing a very large place to live. Changing and washing our clothes in hot water, and drying them in a dryer, easily kills fleas and their eggs.