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How to Get Rid of Fleas in the Bed

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A flea infestation can wreak havoc on your home. Fleas are small, blood-sucking insects that thrive in warm and humid environments. In other words, they love living alongside humans. When they enter your home, they quickly spread their fast-breeding capabilities across the entire premises. They also have excellent jumping capabilities which help them to jump from host to host with ease.

Fortunately, you don’t need to live with these little pests permanently if you follow some simple steps to get rid of fleas in the bed. If you catch them early enough, any flea problem can be solved at home instead of a costly vet visit and treatment after the fact. Here’s how you can get rid of fleas in your bed:

What Is the Fastest Way to Rid of Fleas in Your Bed?

There are many good treatments that will work for you., Some are faster than others, but they are all fairly thorough when it comes to killing fleas. The first step in using these methods is understanding why the fleas got there in the first place.

Fleas like humid and moist areas and the bed can be both. Then the soft bed offers plenty of hiding places for fleas to lay their eggs. Then do not lay dirty clothes on your bed either. If you take care of these and other attractions to flea issues you should stop the problem or slow the infestation down.

To get rid of those fleas quickly, you need to wash your bedding and steam clean the mattress and box springs. Those are two quick methods to get rid of fleas. Make sure to use hot water in both cases.

Another quick method would be to vacuum your bedding, mattress, and box springs. The vacuum is very good at picking up fleas, their eggs, and larvae. It kills most of them in the process.

Just make sure to throw the vacuum bag in the outside trash. The vacuum does not always kill every flea, etc., and it can crawl out of the bag if it is in your home.

Spraying Camphor water over your mattress is another good option. You just need 30 ml of camphor powder and 1 liter of water to get the job done. Open the windows and door when you do this and do not forget to spray under your bed.

Or you can turn to silica gel to help get rid of those fleas quickly. The gel dries things out and it will do the same for fleas. Just spread the gel around your bed and room, including underneath the bed to get rid of those fleas.

Two other ingredients that will fight off those fleas are essential oils and vinegar. You do not need to mix them together but use them independently. Just spray essential oils around your bed and all over your mattress.

The odor should repel the fleas but make sure to use those essential oils that are not harmful to your pet. Or keep them out of your room until it is safe for them to enter. The same goes for vinegar. Just do a 50-50 mixture with water and you are good to go.

Where exactly should you look for the fleas in your bed? Check out our post “Where to find fleas on the bed” to learn more.

What Kills Fleas on Mattresses?

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There are several products you can use to fill fleas once they have invaded your bed. We just mentioned Camphor water and when mixed right it is a good flea-killing product.

The key to using this option is to cover your bed and underneath it as well as keep the room well ventilated. You should wash your bedding or at least change it after treatment.

Salt and baking powder work well also. These products take longer but they also kill the flea’s eggs and larvae. You may have to wash your bedding and then place new sheets etc., on the bed while the salt and baking powder work. This is not a quick-killing method.

Vacuuming is good as is steam cleaning and we mentioned those two options n the previous section. They are thorough to a point and will get rid of a lot of fleas for you. There are drawbacks as you may have to wait for the bed to dry before using it again when you steam clean.

There are two options that may not sit well with many people. That is because these options use harsh and potentially dangerous to human chemicals to kill fleas. You also have to use these products carefully, so you do not harm your pets.

The first option would be insecticides. There are a lot of good insecticide products to choose from. Read the labels so you know exactly what to do when spraying them on your bed, etc. Keep the room well ventilated if you use this option.

The second option would be chemical bug sprays. These work in other areas quite well but their harsh chemicals may be dangerous to your health as well as your pets’ and family members’ health

One of the more thorough ways to get rid of fleas in your bed would be calling in the pest control professionals. This may be an expensive option, but it is one of the best you can use.

They have the right anti-flea products and equipment to rid your bed of those fleas. They also know where the fleas hide and can kill them before they get a chance to return

How Do You Get Rid of Fleas in Your Bed Naturally?

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There are a lot of good products on the market that will handle the problem very easily. However, those products contain harsh chemicals and are very risky to use.

There are some methods that you be effective and be natural in design. The following options do not need chemicals or insecticides to get rid of those pesky fleas. Here is a list of those methods:

1. The Vacuum Cleaner– This is a very inexpensive method to use. All you have to do is vacuum your mattress and box spring to get rid of fleas, their eggs, and larvae.

Don’t forget to flip those items over as well as vacuum under the bed. When you are done, toss the bag into the outside trash as an extra safety precaution.

2. Steam Clean– You are cleaning the exact same items and area. The steam should kill off the fleas, etc., and suck them up so that there is nothing left behind.

The only drawback to this method is its cost and you have to wait for the bed to dry before using it again. In both methods, you should wash your bedding and pillows. Don’t leave something untouched by these two devices.

3. Use Vinegar and Water– While vinegar’s acid is not strong enough to kill the fleas or eggs, etc., the odor should drive them away so you can get a good night’s rest.

All you need to do is mix 1 part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. Then just spray your mattress and box springs to get rid of the fleas.

4. Use Camphor Water– All you need is a little camphor powder mixed in with about 1 quart of water. Mix these ingredients in a spray bottle, then lightly mist your bed and mattress. Do both sides.

Make sure the windows are open when you use this method. Don’t forget to mist under the bed as well as the rest of the floor. You want to get the fleas before they can hide on you

Do you know how to tell the difference between fleas and bed bugs? Check out our post “How to tell fleas vs bed bugs” to learn more.

How Do You Know If You Have Fleas in Your Bed?

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There are always signs that you have fleas in your bed. One of the biggest and easiest-to-read signs will be your pets. If they have fleas and sleep on your bed, then 9 times out of 10, your bed has fleas.

That is because flea eggs roll off your pets and land just about anywhere including your bed, pillows, and so on. Other signs include:

1. Flea Dirt– These are little red specks that will pop up anywhere on your bed. If you do not clean them up the dirt can be harmful to you. The color is important as red is for fleas and black is for bed bugs.

You will have to do more than sweep the flea dirt away. Take all your bedding and clothing that has touched the bed and wash them. Include your pillows and pillowcases as well. Then use a good anti-flea remedy to kill those fleas.

2. Flea Bites– You will know that your bed is full of fleas when you wake up the next morning. You should see little clusters of red dots, much like mosquito bites all over your body.

In this case, those bites will not be limited to your legs, ankles, or feet. You may find them on your head as well. The reason for that change is that you were lying down and gave those fleas easy access to all parts of your body.

3. Flea Skin– It has been said that fleas shed their skin twice before entering the pupae stage. They are not good housekeepers as they leave that old skin anywhere it drops.

That means that you will have flea skin all over your bed. The skin is very hard to see, and you may need a magnifying glass to find where it is on your bed or bedding.

4. You May Be Itchy– Flea bites are like mosquito bites; they can be very itchy. You may wake up needing to scratch your lower body parts. This is a possible sign that fleas are in your bed.

Not all itchiness is an indication of fleas, but it remains a possibility. When you see these signs, it is time to take action. There is no point in delaying the work as that only allows those fleas to multiply and get worse.

Some Final Words

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Fleas are the pest that can be found and lived on anywhere they can find a warm spot to hide. They especially enjoy the warmth of your bed. They also prefer to live on your bed as it provides them with more protection.

When you find a flea in your bed, you have to take action. The first thing to do is to get rid of any fleas that may have been brought in with you through your shoes or clothing.

After that, you have to remove any furniture or items in your bedroom that may have nesting spots for those fleas. You should also do the same if you have pets in the house.

After getting those fleas out of the bed, vacuum your bed and under it as well as pull out your mattress and box spring. Wash it all thoroughly with an anti-flea shampoo and let it dry.

Examine the area with an anti-flea or flea killer spray, etc., and if you find any adult fleas or eggs, then you will have to remove them. Fleas can live in the bed of dogs, cats, and other animals. It is important to treat your pets as well, so they won’t be carriers later on.

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