Once fleas get into your house, they can cause a real problem when they start to bite you and your pets. The bite marks can be extremely itchy, similar to a mosquito bite. If you or your pets are allergic, the irritation just escalates. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to stop fleas from biting you while you work on ending the infestation.
In this article will cover everything you need to know to stop fleas from biting you, and you can read reviews for the best flea repellents.
Why Do Fleas Bite?
Fleas are not just biting you to be annoying, although sometimes it feels like they are. The reason why fleas bite is because they need blood for sustenance and reproduction. Without the iron and proteins found in blood, fleas could not create eggs. The female fleas will also drink extra blood to leave behind droppings when she lays eggs. These blood droppings are a food supply for the larvae.
Stopping Fleas from Biting
Obviously the best way to stop fleas from biting you is to end the infestation. Flea traps will work well for killing the biting adult fleas. Treating your carpet will help to kill the eggs and larvae. To stop fleas already present in your home from biting you, there some flea repellents that you can make use of. We will cover all of them below.
When Avon first produced Skin-So-Soft bath oil, people began to notice that it was repelling insects. Since then, many people have been using using this oil to effectively to stop bites from fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks. In fact, the Skin-So-Soft oil has been successful largely due do the fact that it can be used as an insect repellent. You can either add some of the oil into your bath, or Avon also produces it spray form specially for those using it as a repellent. Not only will it prevent fleas from biting, it will also give you smooth skin.
Permethrin is a naturally derived insecticide that is used in a variety of flea powders and sprays. It is widely used, because it is non-toxic to humans and most animals. Plus, it does not easily absorb through skin. In high concentrations it will work as a neurotoxin, and kills fleas. In low concentrations it works as an insect repellent. Not only will it repel fleas, it also works on mosquitoes, mites, ticks, and other biting insects. Even though it is not toxic to humans, it is probably best to avoid direct skin contact. Use it by spraying it onto shoes and clothing, and this will prevent pests from biting. Do not use this on pets, it is toxic to cats.
DEET is the active ingredient that you probably recognize from a variety of mosquito repellents. This repellent also works on fleas. DEET works by creating a smell that insects do not like (it activates a olfactory receptor neuron). It can be safely applied to both skin and clothing. You can find DEET repellents in both lotion and spray form, and in a variety of concentrations. High concentrations will provide longer lasting protection – 100% concentration lasts for around 12 hours, and 30% lasts for around 5 hours. The Center for Disease Control recommends using DEET to prevent diseases spread by biting insects.
Essential oils have long been used as natural insect repellents. Plants organically produce these oils as a natural defense to keep bugs away. We can then take these concentrated oils and use them the same way. Eucalyptus oil is probably the most popular for repelling fleas. In fact, eucalyptol is a common active ingredient in many insect repellents, and is comprised mostly of eucalyptus oil. You can combine a little oil with rubbing alcohol and make a spray. The alcohol will quickly evaporate, leaving behind the oil residue. You can use this spray on skin, clothes, pets, furniture, and bedding.