February 26, 2018 at 4:19 PM #78221
We have fleas even though we have no pets. I’m pretty sure I brought them in when I pet our neighbor’s cat, as he likes to rub up against my pant legs. He also liked to sleep on our porch mat, so I threw it out. He is an indoor/outdoor cat and I adore him but will need to stop petting him. I bought diatomaceous earth (food grade) and have put it on our carpets, still need to vacuum it though. Today I also bought Eucalyptus and Peppermint oil, planning to use it in a spray bottle. I also plan to try boiling cut up lemons and using the cooled liquid from that in a spray bottle, maybe on my skin as a repellent. I have not tried salt or borax yet, nor any specialty sprays from a pet store. Those may be next if I’m still having issues with fleas. Before I saw the fleas, I’d sit on my carpeted floor to watch movies on my laptop, that’s when I would get bit. I am now paranoid and will no longer sit on the floor! My daughter has not had any bites, only I have. I am type “O” blood, although I see some posting here have other types and still get bites. Well I definitely have an allergic reaction to flea bites, they sometimes turn into hives or dermatitis. I’ve also been vacuuming and washing everything. Oh, also tried the shallow container of water and dish detergent on the floor with a flashlight pointing into it. That caught 2 fleas and 2 mosquitoes. Have not seen any today so maybe the diatomaceous earth is working. We have always taken our shoes off near the door when we come inside, I’m probably going to spray around that area with the essential oils. I do have a small garden area and potted plants on our porch, I may see if I can plant more things that work as repellents. Such as: peppermint, lavender, and marigolds. I’m wondering if anyone has had luck with the ultrasonic flea repellers for a pet or in the home? Or cedar chips in the yard? I use small, cedar blocks in my closet and dresser, but mostly to keep moths away. Our winter has been very mellow so I think we’re seeing a lot more fleas than usual right now. It will be a huge relief when I stop getting flea bites. Good luck, everyone!February 26, 2018 at 4:31 PM #79555
I am also getting bit. Blood type B-Positive, I live at home with my wife and 4 children and a dog and I am the only one getting bit. Going crazy, need some good advise to get rid of this problem. Please help. My kids think something is wrong with me but they don’t understand me.February 26, 2018 at 4:33 PM #79214
I live in Indonesia.
We use Cajuput oil as cat flea repellent.
It works like a charm. The fleas jump, hit the leg and fall off again.
The fleas only bite my husband and two kids.
But not me.
I have blood type A, but my son also A, and he has been bitten by fleas.
My husband and my daughter is blood type O.March 8, 2018 at 4:55 AM #79958
7 Mar 2018
This note is for Katie M. , who was infested with Super Itching bites on her Lower arms, belly and butt… I had the same condition and only after going to a Dermatologist, I was told that I had SCABIES! An Rx of Permethrin Cream, 5%* *W/W, was the only way to heal the internal parasites… Perhaps there are others on this chat line that think that fleas are always the culprits. I have indoor/outdoor Cats. and I bathe them Once, (sometimes Twice), a month, and brush their fur. And yes they bring fleas into the house. And even though I have the preferred blood, of discriminating fleas, 0-, I rarely get bitten by them. (Although Mosquitos read me like a book after getting a taste of my blood). I find that PAWS and CLAWS Cedar Oil is a very good deterrent. “Dr Ben”, promises that it is safe on lactating Cats AND Kittens… (and it keeps the mosquitos away).April 22, 2018 at 3:42 PM #81200
if not lemon juice—then try vinegarMay 16, 2018 at 9:51 AM #81896
Am I the only one that can see bites and it seems like they’re still in my body. How do I get rid of them in me and how do I get rid of them in my house. They are in my clothes and on my bed.May 18, 2018 at 3:03 AM #82050
In my family of 4, I’m the only one that gets bitten badly. My cat is indoor/outdoor. Every morning i wake up with more bites, usually around my ankle, some on my legs. It’s so itchy, I’m so tired of this. I’m going crazy every day vacuuming, mopping, doing laundry, researching about fleas… while the other people in my family are just meh. They are not getting bitten so they don’t know what horrid feeling it is to be itching …!!! I just wanna get rid of these nasty bugs for good.
I’ve read that some essential oils are harmful to use around cats. However today i read that cedar wood oil is not only safe to use around cats but is one of the best flea repellents as they don’t like the smell. It also suggested putting cedar chips around the yard. I’m buying this oil tomorrow.
So far I have been vacuuming like crazy, every day, mopping with hot water and fresh lemon juice. Washing bedding…
On my cat I use apple cider vinegar mixed with water, I put this on her coat. She does not like drinking it in her water.
I used to drink apple cider vinegar as a detox drink a while back and I have lots at home, someone here suggested to drink that, fleas don’t like apple cider in blood. So I’m enjoying a glass of water with a tea spoon of apple cider vinegar which I actually like. As for the itching, I”m using calendula cream and aloe vera, both help with the itching. (I do NOT under any circumstance wanna use anything Toxic for me or my cat).May 24, 2018 at 8:52 AM #82328
I use ‘Pure Citrus’ spray sold at Walmart on my carpet, pet beds and wherever my dogs lay. I also spray it on my hands and rub it into their fur all over their body, head and tail (I read orange oil cannot be used on cats as it’s toxic to them). The citrus oil actually kills the fleas by disintegrating their outside shell that covers their body. I called the company before doing this to confirm with them that using their oil would kill fleas. The customer service rep could not confirm that info because they are not legally able to as the Pure Citrus spray is only advertised as an air freshener not an insect killer. But after repeating the question she finally was able to at least confirm when I asked her that the citrus is hazardous to fleas and other insects. It’s also safer than most chemical fleas sprays on the market. I have not had an infestation since using it. You can also apply it to your body to keep them away as well.June 7, 2018 at 11:38 AM #82829
One time I found almost 10 fleas on my ankles and feet! Like WTF! I just got bit on my face and legs a couple of min ago. AND I’M AT A LIBRARY! Nobody around me is itching and it is so annoying! Ever since I was little, I got tons of them! I live with my mother and father and we have 2 cats. Nobody else gets millions of flea bites but I do? I am SO sick of them! I hate them so so much. I just got my cats flea meds and almost 10 minutes later I pet them and got a bite!June 26, 2018 at 11:57 AM #83457
We have tried everything to get rid of fleas on our two cats, we have bought a flea trap, got flea household products, our cats have been flea treated with frontline, got flea collars on, but I keep getting bitten. We even flea bath them once a week. I’m full of flea bites on my legs.July 6, 2018 at 2:53 AM #83639
I have the same problem here, but I think I can help out as far as getting rid of them. The flea bombs and sprays NEVER work. So don’t spend your money on them. There are two things that get rid of fleas for a long long time. (Its been 3 years and now they are back). First off, give your cat(s) a bath with flea killing shampoo. This is difficult but take measures so you can. I literally put on a hoodie and wrapped the arms with duct tape so they wouldn’t scratch me.
After the bath start vacuuming 2-3 times a day. I generally do it in the morning and again in the evening. If your vacuum has a clear canister you won’t believe how many fleas you will see crawling in your vacuum. I always have to shower afterwards just looking at them. Dump the dust and fleas in a bag with no holes and tie it up. (I usually put that bag into a zip lock bag just to be safe.) Just keep repeating this process until you see no more and do it for an extra week. It’s well worth the trouble.
I did this for two weeks and hadn’t seen any for three years. Remember they are the worst in the summer. Especially the warmer summers.
As far as why They are attracted to me and no one else? I have no idea. There was a flea infestation at my grandmother’s home but they never so much as bothered her. Every time I would visit I would walk into a room and my legs would be speckled with fleas. Thousands. I told her what was happening but she couldn’t believe it since they didn’t bother her. So next time this happened I got a cup of hot water and picked the fleas off my legs and put them in the water. They couldn’t get out of it. I showed her and finally got her to believe.
And trust me, if you do collect them to show other people, they will be horrified at the thought of that many fleas living in the carpet, they will help you do something about it instead of denying it. I mean who wants to believe such a disgusting infestation exists where they live?
The hot water thing is a good way to prove it.
I think fleas are attracted to heat and vibrations, maybe even scent. It takes a LONG time for them to die on their own. We had a storage room in the house with the door shut that hadn’t been opened for months. As soon as I walked in I was attacked by hundreds of them. It didn’t take them a second to jump on me. I don’t know how long they can live without blood but it’s a long time.
I hope this was helpful let’s start an extinction of these things. There’s no need in the world for them.July 27, 2018 at 8:25 AM #84116
I don’t know where these fleas came from. Ive been up 34 hours. My mom doesn’t believe me. She thinks I’m crazy. But I know they’re here. Lurking in the shadows. Waiting to attack again and again.. and again. I’m going to the same day clinic. My mom thinks it’s scabies, which is logical. But why do I feel like there’s bugs crawling on me. I see them jumping around when watching TV (Shameless) in the dark. Jumping into the light and I want to just.. WHY! You scum of the earth. Cocoa butter seems to help a little. I hope everybody here gets the help they need. No pets which also makes no sense. I’m happy I’m not the only one. I just wanna sleep..August 1, 2018 at 5:06 AM #84220
I have read all 62 comments and think I’ve seen one post with positive results and I’m starting to think we’ll never get rid of these horrible little bugs! Lucky for all of you most of what I read is that only yourself gets bit. I saw one about your 2 year old getting bit up and I feel your pain. I just spent all night crying cause my babies 3yr and 7yr just won’t stop getting attacked. They are miserable and I am truly losing it! They are getting bit ALL OVER their body literally from head to toes and every inch in between. I have tried so many name brand sprays, bombs, as well as home remedies. I honestly don’t know what to do anymore, I pray to god everyday that they will leave them alone and come to me. I catch them when they jump on me (and put them in my $20 flea glue trap) but don’t get bit, neither does my husband and 3month old (grateful he don’t) but my other 2 breaks my heart! Please if there is anyone out there that has actually managed to find something that works please post cause I can’t take much more of this and I know my babies can’t either.August 8, 2018 at 7:53 AM #84433
This is my first time ever gotten flea bites ever! My two lower legs, abdomen, arms, and neck got so many bite marks on them for 2 weeks already. But my parents would not believe me that some bug is biting me because they didnt get bit at all. They think those are bumps produced from my body because of some allergy or disease. Today I finally wore socks (since its summer I rarely wore socks) and I found 3 fleas hanging out on my sock. I just tried setting up the dishwater trap. I dont know if it will work tho. SIGH, im tired of getting bit.August 13, 2018 at 10:44 AM #84519
I too have the same problem, I discovered I had a flea infestation and have been battling this hell of a nightmare for weeks now! My husband, sister nor my mother have been bitten. Yet I have bites all over me, they crawl on me, jump in my hair, jump up in my nose, jump in my eyes, my ears and in my mouth. It does me no good to wear layers of clothes for the fleas will just crawl underneath my clothes and socks! I cannot sleep, I continuously change my clothes. It is beyond insanity, I do not understand why I am the only one suffering though I am glad that they are not getting bit but they think that I am going crazy! I have been able to snatch them off my socks and clothes and put them in a cup of water to show my family that the fleas exist! I don’t understand why the fleas prefer me and only me! So I feel for you and your pain and frustration!August 23, 2018 at 7:29 AM #84693
I also am the only one getting bit, 4 dogs, 4 cats all treated with drops and bathes, flea shampoo and sometimes with Dawn dish detergent. Well as house things are better but next step is treating yard. Mowed as needed but usually no longer than 2 weeks at a time. I’m using Calamine (as seen) to help with itch not so much but Benadryl seems to ease itching and irritation enough to sleep. I read about vinegar/apple cider vinegar and going to try it next. Socks have not worked they go to top of sock and continue their feeding. Will update post after the vinegar experience if it works or not.September 10, 2018 at 9:51 AM #84995
I think for the moment that its mostly about the vibrations, in my case.
I was never having problems with fleas but since 4 weeks ago they are attacking me strong and nobody else yet.
Reason i am believing it:
Due to a meditation technique i raised my body frequency. I can even notice my hand vibrating now.
Think like an animal, if something has a high frequency and is vibrating as much as i am now, it is easy to spot me.
I know that may sound weird but before that i was never having this issue.
I tried the usual stuff, now i will go for the sprays, lets see if that helps.
ThanksSeptember 10, 2018 at 9:58 AM #84974
This might help explain why fleas bite some humans and not others. If they don’t bite you, you likely have a direct European ancestry. The plague was spread by fleas all over Europe and killed almost a third of the population. Essentially, natural selection spared those whom fleas did not bite, creating a large population of flea resistant Europeans. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for southern European and Mediterranean humans, the plague was killed off by the warmer climate and did not spread as drastically in these areas. Italians, Greeks and the like all get eaten up by fleas.September 13, 2018 at 2:48 AM #85076
I have been getting bites on my ankle for almost two weeks now. At first, I find one bite a day after I wake up and I thought it was bed bugs (since my brother have had them in his room before) and I began searching for different types of bug bites to be sure. I had washed my bed sheets several days ago and wore long socks to bed but the bites seems to be increasing and I wake up to feelings of itchiness (they itch so much that I feel like my bones are itching!). I was the only one getting bites so they didn’t really paid much attention to me when I complained about bug bites.
Now, although I still find bites after waking up each morning, I also find bites on me (usually just one or two, still on my ankle area) even when I am outside, which made me think that they are NOT bed bug bites. I have been feeling very down lately because the bites are extremely itchy and distracting, and no one seems to get it when I talk about this issue to them. Since I get them when sleep I tried to see if I could find them on my (already cleaned) beddings, and I spotted a black speck and when I was about to get it, it jumped. Two days ago, I bought tea tree oil and lavender oil and sprayed it all over my room (I put witch hazel, the essential oils, and then water to dilute it). My brother got some bites on his legs and he actually saw a black speck jump off of his white socks when he was in his room. Of course, I don’t want other people to suffer from this but I was relieved to know this is not just my imagination and somebody in the house finally gets me. I think the fleas went to other rooms because of the essential oil spray, but I still get bites when I sleep so the problem is not solved. I went to the doctor yesterday just to make sure it is not some type of rash or allergic reaction, and the doc. confirmed that it is probably bug bites.
I believe it is fleas because 7 feral cats live outside of our house. One feral cat gave birth to 6 kittens and my step father has been feeding them since then (I have seen them scratching themselves a lot but didn’t think too much of it). He also has a farm/garden right outside of the house with a lot of plants. I brought up the possibility of fleas attaching to him when he feeds the cats in his garden, and he refuse to even consider it. He said that he would have gotten bites first instead of me, and that it is probably because my room is messy. Last night, me and my brother did the flea trap (dish plus dishwashing soap plus tea light candle) and put one each in our rooms. We each found 5 fleas in the dishes, and this confirms that they are indeed fleas. I have no idea how many we have in the house, but I assume I probably have the most in my room (I don’t know why) since I have the most amount of bites!
Does anyone have a similar experience? I now get bites both when I am sleeping (usually 2 to 3 per day) and when I am outside (1 or 2). Are they attached to me or my clothes? Or even worse, in my body? Are there any more natural or economic remedies to treating the bites and getting rid of the fleas? I am in the process of finding a job so I do not wish to use all of my saving for this (yet), I have been behind on my job search because of how distracting this problem is causing me. My stepfather and my mom is not exactly being supportive as they are failing to see the seriousness of this problem because they are not getting bitten!
I know the dish plus dishwashing soap plus tea light candle flea trap works so I will be using that again to see how many I can catch!
Most of the bites are still on my feet, ankles, and lower leg areas (around 30 bites now), with two on my lower back. The bites always get a little swollen and they look like mosquito bites at first, but a day later, they look like little red circles, and some has a little dot in the center. Tea tree oil does relieve the itch and treat the swell temporarily.September 18, 2018 at 5:30 AM #85213
I know this is an old string but I’m desperate. I have pets and they are treated and as far as I can tell they are thankfully flea free. I have never once got bitten at home. At work however it’s a whole other story. I work with roughly about 50 other people and nobody other than myself is getting bitten. I’m A positive so the o negative blood type isnt the case. I’ve changed my body wash, made extreme changes to the food that I eat and I still get bitten every day. I started catching them and putting them between two pieces of scotch tape to prove to them I’m actually getting bit by fleas. But out of fifty people its still just me and only when I’m at work. How is this possible? I’m so embarrassed. I know they are fleas and not something else.October 21, 2018 at 3:27 PM #85847
Does anyone know how to prevent fleas from hopping onto the bed? I am the only one getting bitten while asleep and it is so frustrating. I think it has mostly to do with the fact that my bed/bed frame is so low (the bed frame is like 1 foot from the ground). I would get bites while I am sleeping and I would wash everything on my bed, stop getting bites for like a week, and get bites again. This has repeated like 5 times already and it is beyond frustrating. We have hardwood floors but since the house is so old, there are cracks so it is hard to get rid of the fleas. I have tried sprinkling salt around my bed but I am not sure if that worked?October 22, 2018 at 3:41 AM #85887
I also got fleas bites none of my flatmates got. We don’t have pets. I have been fighting with fleas over 8 months. I did everything to get rid of them. Washing with lavender, bleach, vinegar, lemon and Dettol. Drinking vinegars a tblsp per day, sprayed by pest control, vacuuming and so on. A funny thing is they still bite me playing inside of my clothes and running over my hair. I can’t sleep properly at nights and my day has been crap. Next morning I feel tired. It’s destroying me like crazy. I hate them and never going to have pets.October 31, 2018 at 6:40 AM #86155
I have the exact same issue. Bites on my abdomen, lower arms and legs. And I’m the only person in the house getting bit. I have no pets.November 16, 2018 at 5:10 AM #86482
I live with 2 other people (father and Son) whose cleanliness is suspect at best. I however am a clean freak to a point. About 3 months ago I noticed a flea infestation and I mean horrible infestation. We live in a duplex and to say the least the neighbors were nasty. Well the father died so the family moved about 3 1/2 years ago and the landlord (slumlord) just cleaned it out this last spring. To say the least they had old nasty clothes piled in the basement and they had 2 cats, 2 dogs, a baby coon and a big old nasty opossum that ran around the neighborhood.
We decided to get exterminated because we also had bed bugs and cockroaches. The extermination was a disaster. That’s when we discovered the flea infestation. The fleas were so bad they swarmed all over the walls. If I clean they swarm all over me, they bite me and no one else so therefore everyone thinks that I have lost my mind.
I’m truly miserable and don’t know what to do. I’ve tried all the home remedies and believe it or not my roommates son who’s slightly mentally disabled is the only one helping me. His dad is lazy and won’t help do anything.
I’m fed up, allergic to fleas and don’t know what to do. These fleas are out of control.
Have you ever heard of fleas swarming on walls and then all over me when I try to clean?