As soon as one gets a flea bite and discovers some fleas in bed or even a possible flea infestation in the home, action must be taken instantly to avoid worsening of the infestation. However, in order to properly stop the flea problem, effective flea control must begin with the pets because the infestation usually originates from them.
Treating the pet for fleas
It is best that the pet is checked by a veterinarian for a proper flea treatment. There are a number of flea treatment products available in the market which are good for use on both cats and dogs. Although note that some products are not safe for cats. These flea treatment products are available as topical preparations or for oral use which may be used monthly or with a few months interval. Follow the veterinarian’s advice for optimum results. Also, beddings of pets should be washed thoroughly with very hot water, as fleas prefer to nest where the pet usually stays in order to continue feeding on him or her.
Steps for getting rid of fleas in the bed
Washing of beddings
The moment you find fleas in bed, wash the bed sheets, pillowcases, blankets and comforters with detergent on a hot cycle. After that, run the beddings in the dryer. Fleas will not survive the hot cycle in both the washer and the dryer so this will do the trick. However, if the infestation is not limited to the sheets, when the fleas in bed have reached even the mattress for instance, washing the beddings may not be enough.
The next thing to do is to vacuum the sheets, mattress and the pillows. Even the rugs should be vacuumed on a daily basis. Doing this will eliminate not only the nesting fleas in bed, but also their eggs, and thereby interfere with their life cycle. After every vacuuming, vacuum bags must be disposed for proper control of the infestation. If not, the eggs will just hatch inside the vacuum bag and continue the life cycle and thereby the infestation. Know that the vibrations from the vacuum stimulate the fleas to come out of their cocoons, making them exposed to the insecticide to be used.
Use of flea powder
During vacuuming of sheets, mattress and pillows, the use of flea powder in conjunction may help eliminate bed fleas. It is best to make sure that the flea powder is free from toxic chemicals and safe for use on the bed and pillows. Any toxic chemical is not advisable for use on the bed, like bug sprays for instance, because these may affect one’s health.
Flea bombs as the last resort
Flea bombs are the last resort to eliminating a flea infestation, but for a flea infestation that is serious and out of hand, flea bombs are the best treatment option there is. Flea bombs contain toxic chemicals and may require a number of hours in order to work. When flea bombs are used, the area affected or the entire home must be vacated to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals.
Preventing new flea infestations
After these steps are done in controlling the fleas in bed, prevention of new flea infestations is the next step. Even after treating the bed or the entire home, it is normal to see fleas return days or weeks after. The best prevention methods are to regularly keep the house and yard clean, treating the home and yard with flea treatments regularly and keeping the pets on flea preventive measures.