How to Prevent Fleas in Beds

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Fleas are a common nuisance to homeowners. They enter homes by way of pets or other warm-blooded hosts, such as mice or rats. If not controlled in a timely manner fleas can wreak havoc on your health. According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension flea bites can cause intense itching that can result in secondary infection. Fleas have been known to transmit a variety of different diseases or illnesses such as plague, typhus and tularemia. Ridding fleas from your pet and premises is key in preventing the pests from infesting your beds.

Things You'll Need

  • Flea removal shampoo
  • Flea collar
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Garbage bags
  • Insecticide
  • Caulking
  • Steel mesh wire
  • Remove all flea-infested pets from your bedroom immediately. According to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, fleas and their eggs attach themselves to pets or other warm-blooded hosts, eventually falling off and seeking protection in floor cracks, carpets and beds.

  • Treat your pet for fleas. Bathe your pet with flea removal shampoo and place a flea collar around your pet's neck.

  • Treat your home for fleas. Vacuum your entire home thoroughly. The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program recommends vacuuming your floors, rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture and crevices around baseboards and cabinets on a regular basis to properly remove flea eggs, larvae and adult fleas. Remove the vacuum cleaner bag and place it in a secure garbage bag. Tie the garbage bag tightly to prevent any captured fleas from escaping and re-infesting your house. Remove all sheets or covers from your bed(s) and wash and dry them thoroughly. Spray an insecticide around your home. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension recommends using an insecticide containing pyrethrins or a less toxic insecticide such as methoprene, insecticidal soap, d-limonene and silica gel plus pyrethrins to rid the pests from inside your home. Read and follow all insecticide label directions carefully before applying the product to your home.

  • Treat your yard for fleas. The University of Florida IFAS Extension recommends using beta-cyclotron, bifenthrin, permethrin or the tralomethrin insecticide to successfully treat outdoor areas for fleas. Read and follow all insecticide label directions carefully before applying the product to your yard.

  • Close all small holes or openings around your home to prevent flea-carrying pests, such as mice and rats, from entering your home and re-infesting your property with fleas. Seal the holes or openings with caulking or steel wire mesh.

  • Treat your pet, home and yard for fleas on a regular basis to prevent the pests from re-infesting your property at a later date.

Tips & Warnings

  • In addition to bathing your pet and placing a flea collar around your pet's neck, you can also choose to give your pet oral flea medication or a dust treatment to get rid of the fleas on your pet. Flea drops and wipes are also available.
  • Confine your pet to a separate area when you apply the insecticide to the inside or outside area of your home to protect your pet's health.

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