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I don't have a dog but at the end of july, my friend brought

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I don't have a dog but at the end of july, my friend brought his dog into my flat for 7 days and the dog was riddled with fleas.
The vet has since treated the dog, and in the last two weeks i have been getting more and more bites.
I know dogs can carry flea eggs, but can humans carry the same amount of flea eggs in their clothes or less?
I wear my pyjamas all day as I am poorly and the sofa i sleep on has fleas.
Will I have as many fleas eggs on my garments as the dog did on his fur?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hi Please could you advise regarding my question, I also added a few more questions. I don't have a dog but at the end of july, my friend brought his dog into my flat for 7 days and the dog was riddled with fleas.
The vet has since treated the dog, and in the last two weeks i have been getting more and more bites.
I know dogs can carry flea eggs, but can humans carry the sameamount of flea eggs in their clothes or less?I wear my pyjamas all day as I am poorly and the sofa i sleep on has fleas.
Will I have as many fleas eggs on my garments as the dog did on his fur?
and can only bathe once a fortnight using baby wipes at other times.
Could the dog have brought more than one flea species on him as i have different bites?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Please note that fleas lay eggs mostly in the cracks and crevices of your flooring and often under furniture. They don't lay eggs on your clothes. The bites you're getting are from newly hatched (and hungry) fleas. Yes, both dog and cat fleas may be present. You're going to need to fumigate your flat which can be done professionally or you can purchase an over the counter spray such as Siphotrol Area Treatment Spray which contains not only an adulticide but also a larvacide and ovacide in the form of the insect growth regulator (IGR) methoprene. IGR's don't allow eggs and larvae to develop into adult fleas thus breaking up their life cycle. Avoid the inefficient foggers which aren't capable of treating under furniture. You may have to treat your flat more than once. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you for answering my question, I also have the pupae, I bought some IGR spray but it does not kill the pupae, I know i have the pupae because of the date the dog came in and the amount of time i have been bitten. can you recommend anything in the UK that kills the pupae.
Also, I am on diazepam which I take every day, will the professional insecticides affect the diazepam because i am addicted to it and am currently cutting down/ Thanks
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Methoprene is not toxic to the pupal or adult stages;although treated larvae will pupate, adults do not emerge from the pupal stage. In other words, you don't need to kill the pupae. There's no evidence that insecticides used by professionals fumigators can affect diazepam after you've taken it.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hi thanks, ***** ***** I already have the pupae, as some adult fleas have already hatched out and I have about 30 bites. If Methoprene is not toxic to the pupae, won't they hatch out at some stage?
I cannot vaccuum them as many of them are in loft insulation.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

No, while the methoprene doesn't kill the pupae, it does block their maturation into adults.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
hi the only products i can find with methoprene also have Permethrin in and that acts on gaba A receptors, the same receptors my diazepam acts on, can you recommend a spray that only has methoprene in please.
Also, as the flea eggs have been iin the fibreglass insulation where the dog scratched since 24th July, will the some of the pupae already have hatched out please?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I'm not familiar with products in the UK but you can check Amazon UK for products containing just methoprene. I found this: https://www.amazon.com/Methoprene-Insect-Growth-Regulator-Makes/dp/B015BSTC36

Yes, some of the pupae have already hatched..which is why you're being bitten by adult fleas today.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I cannot find such a product in the UK, the only ones i can find contain deltamethrin, bendiocarb, or permetrin, and I don't know if those will make me more poorly by interacting with my diazepam.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I regret that I can't know that. You'll need to ask your doctor if that's a risk.

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