How To Identify Flea Bites On Black or Dark Skin

Fleas

Flea bites are easily identifiable as round-shaped bumps surrounded by a halo, and they often manifest in groups of 2 to 3. They may, however, be slightly more difficult to recognize on dark or black skin. Bites generally are followed by itching, rash, swelling around the bump, and hives.

Flea bites can be easily mistaken for mosquito bites, and you may need to do some investigative work to figure out the culprit of your bite marks. The bites’ frequency and the time will help you figure out which pest you may be dealing with. Scanning your mattress for pests is a quick way to eliminate several possible pests. Pay close attention to areas of the house where fleas are likely to hide, including carpets and pet beds.

If severe itchiness becomes a problem, it’s recommended to use menthol and essential oil derived from mint. In 2012 researchers found out that peppermint oil, which contains menthol, could significantly alleviate itchiness in pregnant women. And ultimately, the primary way to avoid fleas is to treat your pets and keep your house clean. If you have pets, make sure to periodically move back their fur to check for bites or actual fleas on their skin.