When you think you’re dealing with a flea, there’s a good chance you’re not dealing with one.
Flea bites can be deadly.
A study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin and published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found that nearly 40 percent of adults in the U.S. have been bitten by a fleas, with the most common type of flea being the tick-borne Varroa mites.
The researchers tracked 1,000 people for a year.
They also tracked the flea populations in their homes and determined that one-fifth of all people who were bitten had fleas.
“That’s not a lot,” said Dr. Daniel Lichtman, a physician at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Houston and the lead author of the study.
“It’s probably less than 10 percent.”
The good news is that you don’t need to get bitten by one.
You can minimize the chance of contracting a fleabite by using proper flea control measures, including wearing masks, avoiding flea-infested areas and washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
You might also want to get tested for the tick that causes the fleas in the first place, which can be difficult to get if you’re on antibiotics.
But you might also wish to consider some of the tips below.
Prevent flea infestations before you go out in public If you don