A flea is a small jumping insect which is sustained on the blood of mammals. The flea larvae emerge from the eggs to feed on any available organic material. They’re about 3mm long with a flat body. And are a reddish-brown in colour. They suck blood from animals and humans – and although they’re tiny they can make your pets and your life a misery.
If you have fleas in your bedding it can quickly spread to the mattress. See how to tell if you have fleas in your bed and how to get rid of fleas in your bed mattress here….
Frequently Asked Questions
Can fleas live in beds?
Yes, they can. Fleas enjoy a warm environment and your bed is the ideal place. The adult fleas will lay their eggs within the mattress material – and produce faecal matter to feed the larvae.
Where do fleas hide in bed?
Fleas in beds can be found hiding between sheets and pillowcases – and in the mattress itself.
How do I know there are fleas in my bed?
Fleas in bed signs may include:
- Black coloured debris or blood stains on your bedding
- Itchy bites on lower legs that look like small red spots surrounded by reddish circles
- You may see fleas jumping
How did I get fleas in my bed?
Fleas in your mattress may have been put there by your pet! Fleas typically host on cats and dogs but they will bite people if they’re very hungry. If your pet is scratching incessantly it’s likely they have fleas. And will need a flea treatment from the vet to get rid of the problem.
If you don’t have a pet a neighbouring property may be responsible for treating a flea infestation that has sent the fleas to you. If you’ve recently moved house fleas may have been left by the previous owners.
How can I get rid of fleas in my bed?
How to get rid of fleas in beds is quite straightforward. You’ll need to strip the bed and wash all sheets, duvets and covers, pillowcases, and blankets in a hot wash cycle with the appropriate detergent. Followed by a hot tumble dry. Fleas can’t survive the heat.
Vacuum the entire surface of the mattress several times. Then turn the mattress over and do the same again. You may find it helpful to spray the mattress with a recommended flea home spray, and when dry, slip on a mattress cover and seal it up.
Vacuum the bedrooms thoroughly. Use the tools to get right up to the edges of the skirting boards, and into any cracks and crevices. Dispose of the vacuum bags carefully so no fleas escape. Vacuuming regularly will get rid of any nesting fleas and flea eggs by interrupting the life cycle.
Using flea powder as well as vacuuming may also help eliminate the fleas. Make sure the powder is toxic chemical-free. Or simply make your own by grinding herbs such as rosemary, peppermint, and fennel into a fine powder. Fill an empty salt pot and shale over the entire area.
Moderate to heavy infestations may need the application of a residual insecticide to carpets, skirting boards and other areas where fleas may be present.
How do I stop further flea infestations?
Make vacuuming a regular part of your daily housework tasks. Seal and discard vacuum bags away from your house. Always wash bed linen in hot water to get rid of any remaining flea eggs and larvae. Make sure your pets are repeatedly treated with flea treatment products as advised by your vet.
Keep outside areas free of clutter. And mow lawned areas regularly. To help prevent fleas and ticks in the garden you can spray a beneficial nematodes solution into the grass and shrubs. This is a highly effective, non-toxic, and safe method used as a flea treatment. Watering outside areas regularly also repels fleas.
Deep cleaning your mattresses at least once a year will help to prevent new flea infestations.
Mattress Cleaning Services
Professional mattress cleaning will keep your mattresses flea, dust mite, and bed bug-free. The hot water extraction cleaning methods used will eliminate all fleas – without any harmful chemicals – making it a safe flea treatment for mattresses.
You’ll be able to get a free quote upfront. And even if your mattress is thick and heavy it won’t take any longer than eight hours to dry – the extraction of the water ensures there’s minimal liquid left behind.