Sand fleas are a scourge that you should take seriously. Only at millimeter in size before attaching to a host, the sand flea is a parasite that feeds on humans and animals. While many sand flea bites are simply inconveniences, they can become serious problems.
A little red spot where the flea has bitten you is the initial sign of a sand flea bite. The sand flea bites’ reaction seems like that of a normal mosquito. Like the mosquito, they can transmit diseases. If you have been bitten by sand fleas, you may need to see a doctor, especially if symptoms of fever, swelling, hives and welts stay for more than a week. This may be a sign of a more serious problem.
There are some situations where a sand flea may turn parasitic. This is when they attach to a host by digging into the deeper layers of the skin and feeding on blood. The male and female sand fleas feed on blood, however the female is the biggest threat. Females don’t die immediately after mating and nest in the skin of its host which is unlike males. While they only start at one millimeter in size, sand fleas can grow up to one centimeter. This causes a lump to form under the skin. This is normally when people notice that there is a problem.
Unlike other types of fleas, sand fleas cannot be removed without the assistance of a physician. Stern infection can be caused by attempting to dig out a sand flea. If you have developed a lump under your skin, you should see your doctor immediately, as sand fleas will continue to grow and feed until you run danger of blood clots where you have been bitten. This sort of infection also increments the chance that you will have a disease transmitted to you from the sand fleas.
There are many ways that you can prevent sand fleas from biting you. Wearing long pants, socks and shoes when you visit the beach is the initial thing to do. If the fleas cannot permeate your clothing, they cannot bite you. There are many insect repellents that will target sand fleas as well. You run a lesser risk of exposure if you visit the beach during the day.
Many flea medications for animals will assist prevent your pet from suffering from sand flea bites.