It is annoying enough to have fleas infest your pets but it’s even worse to find the blood sucking parasites in your bed.
Some of you may go into a panic when you discover these pesky insects among your pillows, blankets or on your mattress.
However, instead of stressing about the infestation of fleas in your bed, it’s better to take a deep breath and take prompt action.
There are multiple methods for keeping your bed flea-free and we’ll detail some of them here for you.
Fleas are more often found first on pets than in bedding so if you experience a bite and suspect that there are fleas in your bedroom, it is advisable to double check because it may also be bed bugs.
The difference is that fleas jump while bed bugs crawl, and flea bites make small red spots surrounded by reddish haloes on your skin that are extremely itchy.
Once you are sure that it is actually fleas that are invading your bed, you can proceed with some measures to get rid of them.
Stop Pets from Getting on to Your Bed
Fleas don’t fall from the ceiling or emerge from the ground to get into your bedding.
There will be a source that brings fleas to your bedroom and it is very likely to be your pets which are fleas’ favorite hosts.
As soon as you notice that your bed has fleas in it, check your pets to see if they are infested or not and stop them from getting onto the bed with you.
Treat the fleas from the source before trying to remove fleas from the bed.
For your pets, purchase flea shampoo and a flea comb.
You will need to use these regularly until all traces of parasites are gone.
Wash and Vacuum the Bedding
There is a simple and non-toxic way to remove fleas from your bed: wash the bedding in very hot soapy water.
Fleas cannot survive at temperatures of over 90°F. Therefore, if you wash and dry all of your pillows, sheets, and blankets at this temperature, the fleas will be killed right away.
If it is not possible to wash or steam clean your mattress, then vacuum it very well and place it in the hot sun for a day.
The flea life cycle includes eggs, larvae, pupae and adults, so you’ll need to vacuum the bed regularly to ensure that all flea offspring will be completely eradicated, otherwise flea eggs may hatch and soon develop into mature fleas.
You may want to sprinkle some DE or baking soda onto your bed before vacuuming as both of these substances are poisonous to fleas while at the same time being non-toxic to humans.
Move the vacuum cleaner along the mattress on both sides and make sure that you vacuum any hidden corners.
Make sure you seal and remove the vacuum bag right away so that fleas have no chance of escaping and infesting the house or bed again.
If fleas are present in your bed, there is high chance that they could be elsewhere in your house as well.
Treating fleas in your bed only may not prevent other fleas in the house from invading your sleeping space again. It is best to clean up your house thoroughly.
Vacuuming every room is a good option that will help to suck up fleas and their offspring. Start with carpets, rugs, sofas and other upholstery, and especially places that your pets frequent.
You may set up flea traps or use a flea fogger to get rid of the insects.
However, natural non-toxic methods are highly recommended.
Resort to pesticides only when you face a heavy infestation.
Fleas may come back again and again if you neglect to check your house and your pets for them.
Prompt action to treat fleas on pets, beds and the house overall is necessary to de-flea your sleeping and living space.
Regularly tidy up your house both indoors and outdoors, check your beloved pets for fleas and treat them as early as possible.
All these measures will help to keep your bed safe from flea infestation.