How To Get Rid Of Fleas In Your Bed
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of discovering fleas in your bed, there are a few options. Whichever you choose, make sure you address the problem soon. Otherwise, you can end up with itchy flea bites that last for several days. These steps should be taken after you have addressed the problem on your pet, since the infestation typically begins with your furry friend.
What to do
Wash Sheets - hopefully the infestation is limited to the sheets, where washing the sheets will eliminate the problem. If you catch it early enough, the fleas may not have spread to the mattress. You should wash your sheets on a hot cycle and then run them through the dryer. The fleas won't survive the washer and dryer, so this may be enough to rid your bed of fleas.
Vacuum - the next step that you should be taking is to vacuum your bed and pillows daily. This will eliminate the flea eggs and interrupt the flea life cycle. Make sure to dispose of the vacuum bags afterwards, or the eggs will hatch within the vacuum bags and the infestation will continue.
Flea Powder - while vacuuming, it may help to also use a flea powder. As long as it's one that is safe for use on bedding, and contains no toxic chemicals.
Flea Bomb - if the infestation is out of control, the best treatment may be a flea bomb. This should definitely be a final resort, as flea bombs are toxic and require many hours to work. During this time the rooms will need to be vacated.
What not to do
Use Toxic Chemicals - do not use anything directly on your mattress that may contain toxic chemicals. Do not spray raid bug spray or something similar on your bed as it can be detrimental to your health.
Keep the vacuum bag inside - as mentioned above, if you vacuum without getting rid of the vacuum bag, the fleas will just crawl out of the bag and restart the infestation.
Ignore your pet - if you do not treat the fleas on your pet first, treating other parts of your house will be in vain.