The cat and dog flea are common in Australia. A flea bite is intensely itchy and secondary infections caused by scratching are common.
Your local council can offer information and advice on dealing with a flea infestation. Some general suggestions on eliminating fleas yourself include:
For further information about finding a professional pest control operator, please refer to the Better Health Channel fact sheet Pest control services.
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Suggestions to treat flea bites include:
Oral antibiotics may be necessary if secondary bacterial infection develops.
Flea bites look like blisters
Flea control for pets includes:
If flea bites have occurred indoors, all sources must be treated for effective flea control. Carpets, pet bedding, and all rooms should be thoroughly vacuumed, and pets should be treated for fleas.
Infested animals should be treated fortnightly for several weeks. Suggestions on treating your pet include:
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Prescription-strength mid-potency topical corticosteroids can alleviate the severe itch associated with flea bites.
Flea bites are small, raised, red bumps that are firm to the touch. The redness disappears when pressure is applied. Flea bites can be extremely itchy and may bleed when scratched. Flea bites usually occur around the ankles and lower legs. Other common locations for flea bites include the area around the waist, armpits, creases of the elbows, and behind the knees. Flea bites produce a variety of effects, ranging from a small, temporary red bump to long-term symptoms that may last for years depending on the sensitivity of the person bitten. The area of skin affected may increase over time, or the rash may spread to a different area. Flea bites can take a very long time to heal and can sometimes evolve into “persistent bite reactions.” Itching and swelling may occur at the sites of older bites when a person is bitten again.
Dogs and cats are common ‘reservoirs’ for fleas. Your pet may be irritated by flea bites and scratch often. Check for fleas by parting the fur, particularly around the ears and rump. Look for the fleas themselves or for flea faeces (poo). Flea faeces look like miniscule dark specks. For a positive identification, place a few of the specks on a piece of lightly moistened white tissue. Flea faeces will leech a ring of blood into the tissue.
The three main species of flea that infest humans are:
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A licensed pest control operator can determine the type, source and extent of the infestation, then use registered insecticides to control the fleas. Good hygiene practices, such as frequent house cleaning, should reduce the risk of further infestations.
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