2nd October 2019

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Can cat fleas live in human hair?

There are over 2,000 species of fleas. Only one species lives on the blood of humans. This species of flea is called Pulex Irritans, and it certainly can live in human hair. Many other species of fleas can hitch a ride in human hair in order to get to a species of warm-blooded creature with blood it prefers to eat.

Moreover, can cat fleas bite humans?

If cat fleas are removed from their animal host, or if that host proves an insufficient food source, cat fleas often will bite humans on the lower legs, leaving round, red spots. Today, most cat flea bites result in minor itchiness and discomfort on humans. Ice packs lessen swelling caused by a cat flea bite.

How long can fleas live in a house without a host?

Undisturbed and without a blood meal, a flea can live more than 100 days. On average, they live two to three months. Female fleas cannot lay eggs until after their first blood meal and begin to lay eggs within 36-48 hours after that meal.

Are cat fleas harmful to humans?

The cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) can transmit diseases and parasites to humans. Flea bites can also cause allergic reactions in both pets and people. Although some people think that cat scratch disease is caused by cat fleas, the Center for Disease Control states that there is no evidence for this.
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