My buddy’s house had a massive flea infestation – but she’d flea bombed the previous day. She was coming for a sleepover. Was leaving her dog enough to avoid bringing over the fleas?
The short answer is: YES, humans can carry fleas from one house to another house. The bugs will hitchhike the person’s clothes, shoes, skin or hair. They’ll bite and suck blood during the movement – for a max of 24 hours before finding a warm-blooded host like dogs or cats. Unlike pets, human skin has no hair/fur, and thus fleas will jump off to a furry area when you get home.
Carry fleas on clothes
I’ll tell you a related story: I had just been transferred to my current job – 2 years ago. I landed in town to search for a rental house. All I can remember is that I entered many houses – some smelly and dirty as they’d had no tenant for a long time.
As I went back to my host’s house, I started feeling itchy all over my body. I noted the small bumpy and clumped up bites on my body. Sadly, I realized that I had carried fleas from my house searching spree. Well, I took a thorough shower and tried treating my clothes with a very hot water dip. Needless to say, the house had a massive flea infestation after this event.
Also, did you ever wonder why pest exterminators and vets wear scrubs as opposed to nice clothes as they work? Well, they don’t do this due to budget constraints – or to look cool or smart – but to avoid carrying dangerous pets and infections back to their house. The professionals change the scrubs after work to avoid carrying home fleas, blood, larvae, and feces that could end up being a menace in another client’s house or their home.
Here’s the deal: According to School IPM flea control, Adult fleas will emerge from their pupal casing after 1-2 weeks but may stay dormant in the cocoons for few months reliant on favorable conditions and food. When you enter an unoccupied house, the vibrations, heat and carbon dioxide that you generate will cause the flea adults to emerge from their pupal stage.
Fleas have 2 short antennae (located on their head) that will detect stimuli such as carbon dioxide, shadows, vibration, heat, and current changes. Consequently, the fleas will use their hind legs to jump about 10-30cms, to escape danger or attach to a host.
Prevent fleas from hitchhiking your clothes?
It’s practically impossible to always, and thoroughly, check for fleas hiding in your clothes. It’s even harder to limit the places your visit for fear of carrying fleas. Therefore, the ultimate method to prevent fleas from hitchhiking your clothes is by using natural flea repellants.
Some of the natural flea repellants include apple cider vinegar, Nematodes, coconut oil, Rosemary flea dip, Lemon spray repellent, and brewer’s yeast.
You’ll introduce the organic or herbal repellants into the bathroom solutions or your diet to repel the fleas from your skins and clothes. Also, ensure to flea spray your yard as you can also pick the bugs from your garden.