(HealthDay News) -- Fleas may prefer to latch onto dogs and cats, but the blood-sucking insects can jump to people, especially after pets have left the home permanently.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine mentions these possible symptoms of flea infestation in people:

  • Breaking out in hives or a skin rash.
  • Mild to severe itching, starting in one place and then spreading.
  • Itching or rash in the folds of the skin, including beneath the breasts or on the groin area.
  • Swelling that occurs only near an injury or sore.