No one likes to be bitten by any type of insect, but in summer time they are out in force and in the case of fleas they are looking for a blood meal to feed on.

Like all insect bites individuals will have a different reaction to flea bites – some mild, others, more severe sometimes leaving scars and blemishes on the skin but for the most part flea bites are more annoying because of the incredible itching sensation they cause – it can drive you crazy!

Flea bites appear as bumps or raised areas on the skin. The skin tone of these areas can either look whiter or much redder compared to normal with this discoloration of the skin often spreading beyond the immediate bite area. In time they will usually form a scab. Remember – it is very unlikely that you would only have one flea bite more often several will appear at one time.

OK, so you notice you have bites on your skin which are driving you crazy with itching what do you do?

Well, firstly it is important that you work out what has bitten you. Unfortunately many insect bites take on a similar appearance making diagnosis by the medical profession fairly difficult so it is up to you to take certain steps to identify the culprit.

Think about where you have been in the time before the bites appeared – have you been outside for a long period of time? Gardening, playing with the kids? If this is the case you could probably rule out fleas because humans are never used as the first food source.

Check your bedding and mattress for any blood smears or tiny dark stains in the folds or round buttons and handles or along the headboard. If you are successful in this search it is more likely you have a bed bug infestation than fleas.

Do you have a pet dog or cat? Do they have fleas? Check their coats for signs of flea infestation things such as flea eggs and dirt will give you a good indication. If your pet is infested it is most likely that your bites are indeed down to fleas.

Your pet will always be the most likely source of any flea infestation in your home so it is important to treat the problem quickly and take preventative measures as protection from further infestations. The flea bites will not stop until you get rid of fleas from your pet and your home.

How do you treat flea bites?

It is important that you prevent and treat flea bites. Prevent more appearing by dealing with the infestation and treat them using the following advice.

Remember most cases of flea bites are an annoyance rather than a serious illness and will not require medical attention unless they become infected or you suffer some kind of allergic reaction as one of the direct effects of bites. However, dog fleas and sand fleas are known to be carriers of bacteria which can cause serious illness through disease transmission as a result of being bitten by a flea of this species.

So with this in mind you must thoroughly clean the area of the bites – use only warm water and some kind of antibacterial soap.

An ice pack placed over the bites will help reduce the swelling and the itching. To keep the itching symptoms under control you could use oral antihistamine or anti-itch creams. Many favor the use of Calamine lotion for the itch but this can be messy.

If you have not been able to stop yourself from scratching hydro cortisone cream will help where bites have become inflamed and painful. However, should the “bumps” on your skin increase in size or begin to ooze green pus – it’s time to get medical attention.

Once your symptoms are under control it is time to declare war on the fleas!

Don’t forget your pet – they will need treatment too, a good flea shampoo should do the trick and talk to your vet about preventative measures you can take on a regular basis to keep your domestic cat or dog free from fleas. You can also hire a pest control Melbourne service company. They make your house free from fleas.

Author's Bio: 

Adler Conway is an expert Blogger and writer. He lives in Melbourne and interested in writing blogs on Pest Control Services, Cleaning services, cleaning tips.