How To Keep From Transporting Fleas

How To Keep From Transporting Fleas

Anyone who has ever battled fleas can contest that they are some of the hardest pests to get rid of. For this reason, it is important to take every step you can in the prevention of transporting fleas into your home or vehicle. The following information will provide you with a good starting point to prevent from taking them into your living space.

Whether you are moving to a new home, taking items from a flea infested house or just plain worry about carrying fleas from outside with you, then you must take immediate action to prevent an infestation.

The first place to begin is making sure your animals are treated with preventative medications such as Advantage II or Frontline. This will ensure that when moving your animals from one home to another, that you don’t take fleas with you. Next, its a good idea to use foggers or other products that contain IGRs (insect growth regulators) to help kill fleas inside a home or on the items being removed from an infested place. This type of chemical is designed to kill them at every life cycle; even eggs. Using such products will make sure that everything is cleared out before you move.

However, just keep in mind that total flea control means that you must treat your animal, the inside and outside of your home. In other words, if you really want to prevent transporting fleas with you, you must treat everywhere. This means you must begin with your pet and the inside of your home. You then want to move to the outside of your home. One effective option is to treat your yard with a product that hooks directly up to the garden hose or one that can be mixed in a sprayer. In addition, you must keep your yard clean; meaning that you should keep weeds at a minimum and the grass cut at a nice length. If you manage to do each of these things, you should have no worries about transporting fleas into your home or vehicle.

How do I prevent people from bringing fleas to my house? ?

My kids have a really good friend whose cats have fleas on a regular basis. They never do all the things you need to to break the cycle. I’m pretty sure my cats are getting fleas when the kids go back and forth between the houses. It’s too miserable, expensive and gross to just shut up and put up with. Is there a way to have the kids flea-free before they come in my house? Any advice?

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I don’t think there is a way to keep them out of the house other than not letting them inside but there are ways to keep them from establishing themselves.

There is a lighted adhesive trap that attracts both fleas and larvae. It works rather well I think in flea control.

There are some other cheaper versions:

I would place these traps anywhere you notice fleas. As always you want to wash all clothing and linens. Also get some carpet and furniture powder that will kill fleas. The last line of defense and probably your greatest weapon is your vacuum.

Your first step is to vacuum vacuum vacuum! Vacuum your entire house paying particular attention to corners, dark crevices, under furniture, under beds, pet beds, rugs and especially around skirting boards. Put the nozzle attachment on your vacuum cleaner and thoroughly vacuum around all skirting boards and edges of fixtures.

The vibrations from vacuuming also stimulates the fleas to emerge from their cocoons and thus they will be exposed to the insecticide that will be used

Sprinkle the carpet and furniture with the power and vacuum away.

When you have finished vacuuming dispose of the vacuum bag completely if you have disposable bags in your vacuum cleaner. You may also want the flea fog bomb and use periodically.

Expect to see a few new fleas emerging for up to two weeks. These will be the fleas that were in the pupal stage during treatment.

Remember that while the fleas are in the pupae stage (in their cocoons) they are not affected by insecticides. The cocoons are watertight and protect the developing flea. This is why you may think you have killed all the fleas and larvae in your home but a week or two later you are still seeing adult fleas.

Continue vacuuming regularly after the initial treatment.

Also there is Ultrasonic pest repellents.

Last I hear eating garlic also helps keeps the fleas from biting. Its also good for you too.

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Best answer is to keep your house treated for fleas and be sure your pets are on a flea preventative like Advantage or Frontline. A light mist from a spray bottle of 9 parts water to 1 part garlic can help prevent fleas from jumping on somebody (or a pet) but consult your vet before using this type of option. I would say keep your children out of they’re home, fleas are more than a pest, they can carry disease. Often it is costly to remedy when you have an infestation.

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Dont know how to get kids flea free but I have a solution that will keep the fleas from infesting your home.

In the laundry soap isle grab a box of 20 Mule Team BORAX. Sprinkle this over your floors (carpet and/or wood) get by the baseboards real well. If you have carpet, walk the borax into the carpet. The Borax kills fleas on contact. Leave the Borax down for 24 hours and vacuum. Repeat in 1 week.

Eucalyptus works well to drive fleas away. You can pick up dried eucalyptus in craft stores. If you want to try to stop fleas from ever entering have a box of dried eucalyptus by your doors and make everyone take off their shoes and step into the box before entering your home. I dont make promises about the eucalyptus keeping fleas out but the Borax works GREAT!

If you take a box to the ‘trouble’ house and explain that it will take care of their flea problem I bet they would be thrilled. Borax is generally less than $3 a box.

**If you have pets put them into another room while you treat. Make sure the pets have a preventative (frontline or advantage) so they wont become infested or re-infest your home.

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Well you are right to be concerned. The ctenocephalides felix is as happy to live on other species as cats, so will continue to be a problem for you. Helps to have a cat yourself (!) as the cat will tend to collect the fleas, and you can apply the vet’s treatment for that! It does, of course mean that you would have to restrict the cat’s movement in the house. However, infestation is controllable, and some of the measures you suggest are appropriate, but perhaps, not keeping the clothes in plastic bags, as the fleas will likely already be in clothes that you place in them if you have already exposed them to the infested environment. Of course, cat owners are always aware of the problem and can clear the infestation and keep the cats. You are in a better position as you can adopt similar measures and you do not have to concern yourself about re-infestation as you do not have cats. I suggest that you keep drawers and cupboards closed in your home, remembering that a flea can jump about 60 cm high, and that will restrict them to the open. There are sprays available usually from vets and pet shops that you spray onto your carpet and that is very effective, and usually gets rid of the infestation, although it is wise to do it a second time. Fleas are not well sighted, and do not know precisely what they are jumping on. If they feel vibration as you, or an animal walk near, they jump, hoping that they will find a food source. When they feel warmth, they believe it is likely food walking by, so they jump. They seem to favour wrists and ankles, so keep an eye open for bites on these areas. When they have fed off the victim’s blood, they tend to drop off, so around the house they can land anywhere, and you need to keep them out of the soft furnishings by removing possibly infested clothes in a non-carpeted area, such as a bathroom or lobby. Vacuum cleaners are flea collectors, so use one regularly, and even vacuum up a little anti-flea powder to coat the bag, which you should dispose outside the house. If you are in the UK, you can ask the local authority to deal with the problem in your house, if you feel it would be helpful, and it usually works the first time, with only very occasionally a second treatment being required. One measure I have found useful is to place small containers of hot water with a small amount of washing up liquid around an infested area, where you are sitting. The heat of the container, perhaps a wide mouthed jar attracts them and they jump towards it. As soon as they land in the water, they sink to the bottom due to the washing up liquid reducing the surface tension, and drown. If you see a flea land on you, it is fairly easy to grab it before it jumps, and drop it into the water as well, and this is still effective for a disposal bin, even when cold.

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My buddy, Anna, has a massive flea infestation (she’s planning to use the best flea bomb soon). She’s coming for a sleepover . I advised her not to come with her dog. So, can she still carry fleas over in her clothes?

The short answer is: YES, human beings can carry fleas from one house to another. The bugs will hitchhike your clothes, shoes, skins, or hair. The fleas will bite and suck blood – for a maximum of 24 hours then jump onto furniture, dogs or cats. Unlike pets’ skin, human skin has no hair/fur, and thus fleas will jump off to a furry area when you get home.

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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.

How to avoid carrying fleas to your house

Sadly, you can avoid carrying fleas from another house you’ve visited. However, you can do something once you get home to avoid transferring the flea menace into your palace.

1. 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.

2. High temperatures will kill both fleas and their eggs (the whole lifecycle) – check this guide. Therefore, once you get home immediately run all your clothes through a dryer or wash with the highest temperature allowable for that fabric.

3. If you have cats and dogs in your house, flea-treat them immediately with medicine such as Revolution, Frontline, and Advantage. As noted earlier, fleas can’t live in human blood. Therefore, any stray fleas or their eggs that jump onto your pets after medication will die.


It’s practically impossible to thoroughly, and always, check for fleas in your clothes. It’s even harder to limit the places your visit for fear of carrying fleas. Therefore, the ultimate method of preventing (or at least limiting) the number of fleas you take home is by using flea repellents on your body and clothes, taking your clothes to a washer or dryer, and flea treating your cats and dogs.

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Vacation may be the highlight of your year, but humans aren’t the only species you can find boarding flights and sleeping in hotel rooms. Every year, 488 million people in the United State travel, with 1.8 million of those people traveling to cities like Chicago, London and New York on business. With pests like bed bugs found in all 50 states, the risk of picking up an uninvited guest is significant. Learning more about the life cycles, appearance and signs of an infestation can help you keep these tiny hitchhikers out of your home upon returning from your next business trip or vacation.

The Pests That Come Home With You

The most common types of pests you find in luggage, or in items you buy new or used, are bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches, and ants. Each of these pests has unique characteristics and habits that can help you identify an infestation early.

  • Bed bugs are tiny bugs that usually live in mattresses and bedding. The signs of an infestation include itchy welts upon waking and dark spots on your bedding caused by waste products or crushed bed bugs. Bed bugs can also live in appliances, inside drawers, and behind electrical outlets, and the bugs can survive for months without food. These pests often enter the home on your luggage or clothing.
  • Cockroaches also enter the home by hiding away in virtually anything you bring into your home, including cardboard boxes, clothing, and luggage. These pests are also found throughout the world and can find hidden food and water sources in the home easily. Fast treatment is usually recommended if you see even one cockroach in your home.
  • Ants are attracted to the scent of food. To reduce the risk of an ant infestation, seal all foods in resealable plastic bags before leaving your destination and check the food when you arrive home. Sweet foods are particularly attractive to ants, but these pests eat a variety of foods and are most commonly found in vehicles, including buses, trains and personal vehicles, where food is eaten during long trips.
  • Fleas are small, jumping insects that cause itchy bites in humans and furry pets, like cats and dogs. These insects are commonly found on clothing or in luggage after you stay in a hotel or rental cottage that is infested with the insects. The insects may initially cause only minor problems like an occasional bite, but the infestation usually worsens over time even if you don’t have pets.
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Preventing Pests Before Your Hotel Check-In

Preventing pests is the simplest way to avoid taking them home with you. Hotel reviews are a simple way to get insider information on hotels in cities around the world. Avoid any hotels that have recent reviews indicating pest problems, and avoid hotels with room prices that seem too good to be true. Sometimes, the hotels with the cheapest rates are those that skimp on necessities like regular inspections from pest professionals. Other ways to prevent hitchhiking pests before your check-in include the following:

  1. Check the Bed Bug Registry to see if your hotel has had an infestation and how long ago.
  2. Choose luggage that reduces the risk of pest infestations. Opt for washable luggage, like a duffel bag or hard-shell suitcast, whenever possible.
  3. Before entering your room, leave your luggage in the hallway with your family and examine the room carefully. If you’re by yourself, place the luggage on a counter or on the luggage rack (typically found in the closet). Bed bugs are easiest to spot by examining the crease between the headboard and mattress but can be found anywhere on the mattress or bedding. The insects look like small black dots during their nymph stage, so make sure to use bright lighting while checking your room.
  4. During your stay, do not put dirty laundry on the floor. Bring your own plastic bag or use the dry cleaning bag left in the room.
  5. Ants and cockroaches are commonly found under sinks, around plumbing fixtures, and near food preparation areas. Examine these areas carefully for live insects or insect waste, which may look like pieces of dirt.
  6. Both fleas and bed bugs live in carpeting and on soft furnishings like beds and sofas. Fleas may not be noticeable until you feel an itchy bite. Examine your exposed skin for tiny, dark brown spots that suddenly jump away to identify fleas.
  7. Bed bugs usually do not bite until you are sleeping unless the infestation is severe, while fleas bite at any time. You should be able to identify a severe bed bug infestation almost immediately if you examine the bedding and mattress after checking in.

If you see any signs, contact the front desk, switch rooms or hotels immediately. If it’s a bed bug infestation, report it to the Bed Bug Registry. Infestations are not often passed from room to room.

Preventing Pests from Hitchhiking Home With You

Chances are that you may not even notice that you have friends stowed away, so follow these steps to remove the risk of letting them into your home.

  1. To prevent an infestation, or as a cautionary measure, seal your luggage in a garbage bag before you put it into your car. If you are taking a taxi home, seal the luggage outdoors or in the garage after you unpack. It is better to toss luggage if you have confirmed the presence of bed bugs in your hotel, as these pests are difficult to exterminate once they have an established nest in your home.
  2. If you have confirmed bed bugs at your hotel, leave your luggage sealed for up to six months after removing your personal belongings, or toss the luggage and purchase new bags. If is often easier to buy new luggage than to treat an infestation of bed bugs. If your bag is washable, wash it in hot water and dry it on high heat to eliminate the risk of infestation.
  3. You should also leave your shoes on the porch, or in the garage, for at least 24 hours to eliminate insects like ants. Seal your shoes for up to six months if you suspect bed bugs may be on your clothing or luggage or have the shoes professionally cleaned before taking them inside.
  4. After sealing your luggage, change into clothing from home, and wash all the clothing from your trip in the hottest water possible. If you don’t want to wash clothes that are clean, put the clothes in a dryer set on high heat, and let the clothing go through the full drying cycle. The high heat cycle is hot enough to kill all common pests.

With some basic research and a few precautionary measures, you can prevent bringing pests back from your vacations and business trips. If you do find an invasion of hitchhikers in your home, a simple call to a professional pest control company is enough to send any insect packing.

Could I Bring Fleas Home From This?

I work in a very dingy office attached to a warehouse. My boss brought in her puppy today. She made CERTAIN we all hugged and petted him. He laid on the floor for about an hour, and around my feet. We have a «short thread» carpet here. A couple mins later my boss was holding him and scratching him. I petted his head and noticed fleas crawling on his belly. I pointed them out and she said she knew he had them. Long story short I got very angry with her. I have two pets, one that has suffered from fleas before,the last thing I need is a flea infestation in my home! I upset her but she agreed to take the dog home. The dog was locked in her office for about another half hour. Here a total of about 2 hours. At lunch I went out and purchased some Backwoods Cutter bug repellent, specifically mentioned fleas. I sprayed the bottoms of my jeans, my shirt and around my desk. It is only 8 hour repellent. How at risk do you think I am for getting fleas? Is there anything else I can do?

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You can bring home fleas from coming into contact with them anywhere. As long as you bought the bug spray-that includes killing fleas—you should be good.

If you haven’t already-get some flea spray from the petstore that is safe to use around your dogs, and spray around your house and car in case any survived.

Can Sand Fleas Travel Home With You? Banishing Sand Fleas

Many of us enjoy spending time in coastal areas, soaking up the sun at our favorite beach. While the feeling of the sand in our toes and the cool ocean breezes are welcome, there are some things about spending time near the water which aren’t as nice. One of the drawbacks is that we share the coastal environment with many other animals, some of which bite. One group of these creatures is commonly called sand fleas, which can leave behind irritating, itchy welts.

The next natural question you might ask as you are packing up to head home or to your hotel is “Can sand fleas travel home with you?”

The short answer to that question is that Americans typically don’t have true sand fleas in their homes. That’s because what we commonly call sand fleas in the United States and what are actually sand fleas, which are found in South America, the Caribbean and parts of Africa, are quite different. Sand fleas, also known as jigger fleas or by their scientific name, which is Tunga penetrans, are parasites which can cause a condition called tungiasis, which has been common in impoverished countries for centuries because of the lack of adequate medical care. Females burrow underneath victim’s skin, leaving a tiny opening at the skin’s surface to breathe, defecate and expel an egg-laden fluid.

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Victims of tungiasis experience intense itching and infections which make walking difficult. While one sand flea is not a problem, victims can have hundreds of sand fleas on them at a time, especially since sand fleas tend to attract each other. Affected individuals often attempt to cut out the fleas on their own, which leads to other problems, especially when instruments haven’t been properly sterilized. If you think you have tungiasis, seek medical help, as a problem can be managed by surgically removing the parasites. So, technically, if you unknowingly bring a true sand flea home with you inside your body, it can travel home, but not in the way you’d expect, and not in a way that’s similar to bringing home bed bugs.

Now that we have talked about the worst possible outcome of an encounter with a sand flea, let’s talk about the creatures we most commonly encounter at the beach, whether you can get an infestation and how to keep these pets from bugging you.

What Are Sand Fleas, Exactly?

As we already mentioned, we typically call a group of animals sand fleas because their bites resemble flea bites, even though this is not usually what has bitten us. “Sand fleas” not only refers to insects that bite, including dog and cat fleas, gnats, flies and sand flies , but also to small crustaceans that live in coastal and marshy areas and are also known as beach hoppers, beach fleas and sand hoppers. The sand hopper is the creature pictured above.

These terrestrial crustaceans, like fleas that might bother our pets, are known for their ability to jump. Most of these animals stay protected in the sand during the day and emerge at night to feed on organic debris.

“Sand fly” is another loose term for flying insects we see in coastal areas. In tropical and subtropical areas and parts of Europe, infected female sand flies can transmit diseases such as Leishmaniasis, which can cause skin sore and impact internal organs. In some cases, when left untreated, the illness can have deadly consequences.

The insects we are most likely to run across on a trip to the beach are biting flies, midges and fleas. Black flies are sometimes also called “turkey gnats” and “buffalo gnats” because they tend to prey upon wildlife and livestock. These bloodsucking pests can also feed on humans, unfortunately. If you are bitten, you may experience symptoms of “black fly fever” which includes nausea, fever, headaches and swollen lymph nodes. The bite site can show a small puncture mark or swelling up to the size of a golf ball. In some equitorial countries in Africa and in mountainous parts of South and Central America, black flies can transmit river blindness.

In the United States, six species of black flies feed on humans. Other species may not bite, but can fly around our heads and crawl into our ears, making spending time outside annoying. In the Northeast and upper Midwest, black fly biting can become so bothersome during the late spring and early summer that hiking, kayaking and fishing can become unbearable.

Biting midges have a greater impact on livestock than humans, because they can spread the Blue Tongue virus. Midges are quite small, and their bites can leave behind a red welt and significant itching for those individuals who experience an allergic reaction. These insects are commonly known as “no see-ums” and are quite common along the Gulf Coast.

Can You Get A Sand Flea Infestation? How To Get Rid Of Fleas

Since the creatures we commonly call sand fleas are terrestrial crustaceans, they much prefer their beach habitat to our homes. Since we typically call any animal a sand flea that leaves us with bites similar to a dog or cat flea, the most common interventions for these creatures is the same as what would be recommended for a flea infestation.

The steps we recommend below will make your home less hospitable to fleas, as well as other unwelcome houseguests.

Thoroughly Clean Your Home

In general, fleas can be kept under control if you do a deep clean of the house, including vacuuming and washing sheets. Remember, these fleas tend to hide in areas that you may not expect. New homeowners should deep clean their homes before moving in furniture or pets. Keep in mind that anytime you take your pet to an area that might have fleas, whether it’s a beach, dog park or wooded area, your pet may introduce fleas into your lawn and home.

Steam Clean Your Floors

When we say that fleas hide in areas you may not expect, we mean areas like underneath carpeting, the cracks in your flooring, and so on. Because of this, sometimes it takes a localized steam cleaner to kill the bugs. Prolonged temperatures of 1030 degrees Fahrenheit can kill both adult fleas and larvae.

Take Precautions To Protect Your Yard

Even if you consistently clean your home, fleas may still make their way in from your yard–especially if your pet goes outside. Treating fleas in your yard can be done with chemical products or more organic options, including:

  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Beneficial Nematodes
  • Insecticides

These options all work differently to rid your home of fleas, with specific processes involved for each one and varying levels of risks for children and pets.

How To Get Rid Of Sand Fleas

If you want to avoid itching and scratching through your next beach outing, there are a few things you can do to keep these biting pests away, other than just avoiding the ocean entirely.

The most effective prevention against what we in the U.S. refer to as “sand fleas” is probably the least practical for a trip to the coast: put a barrier between you and these biting pests. Wearing pants, socks and closed toes shoes make it harder for these creatures to bite you.

Assuming that you have plans to work on your tan and go barefoot on the sand, many biting pests will avoid you if you apply a repellent with DEET as the active ingredient. Contrary to popular belief, these products protect you not only against mosquitoes, but also against ticks, fleas, no see-ums and other insects.

Some people recommend not visiting the beach right after it’s rained or in the cooler morning hours, as these conditions are more favorable for fleas and other biting insects. Others think sitting in a chair is preferable to lying on a beach towel, as it’s a bit harder for insects to find and feed on you.

If you are victim to bites at the beach, you can treat them much the same as you would treat a mosquito bite. Try to resist the urge to scratch, as this can lead to infection. Calamine lotion, specially-formulated sprays and cortisone creams can help with the itching, and ibuprofen can lessen swelling. Aloe vera and an oatmeal bath can also help with discomfort in severe cases.

Trust ABC to Handle Your Pest Problems

Some of these methods work on adult sand fleas, but will keep larvae intact, giving you only a minor break from sand flea bites. Your best bet is to call the experienced professionals at ABC Home & Commercial Services who can give you the best plan of action for getting rid of sand fleas and other pesky pests.

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