Things You Should Know About Sand Fleas

Sand fleas.

Spend enough time in a coastal area, like we have around Wilmington, NC, and your family is bound to encounter these little devils.

Sand fleas actually are not insects, like most people think. They’re really tiny crustaceans and they live in the sand or sandy soil. Sometimes that sand is at the beach and other times it’s at the site of a recently built home.

Sand Flea Bites

Boy in Sandbox - Sand Fleas!

Getting bitten by sand fleas (plural because they seldom if ever travel alone) is both annoying and painful.

A bite from one of these little critters leaves itchy, red welts. Like that’s not bad enough, the female can burrow under your skin and lay her eggs, though it’s rare.

If you have a bite with a black center please consult your doctor.

Sand Flea Prevention

For those fearful of Sand Flea bites there are things you can do to protect yourself from their bites:

  • Use a lawn chair at the beach rather than spreading out a towel to lay on.
  • Don’t sit directly on the sand without socks, shoes and pants on.
  • Wear a bug repellant and spray your children well.
  • Prime time for sand fleas to be dining is in the early morning and the late afternoon. Take extra precautions during these times.
  • Wear socks and closed toe shoes if you’re walking on the beach or sitting around, feet in the sand.
  • Shower immediately after leaving the beach. If any fleas are hanging around on you this will wash them off.
  • Examine your children carefully for signs of sand flea bites.

If you find areas around your home that contain active sand fleas, Give us a Call at Bug-n-a-Rug Exterminators and we’ll tell you how we can treat those areas to eliminate the fleas for good.

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