How to Prevent Ticks in Bed Sheets

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Ticks are arachnid pests which feed solely on blood from animals and humans. A tick begins searching for blood meals as a young six-legged larva, and it must continue feeding into adulthood. Because the pests cannot jump or fly, they rely on long-haired hosts, such as a family pet or house mouse, to gain access indoors. Once inside of a home, ticks may seek refuge under bedding in anticipation of a human host.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Sealable plastic storage bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Pesticide
  • Remove all bedding, including comforters and thin sheets, from the mattress.

  • Perform a thorough check of each sheet and vacuum up any ticks which may be clinging to the bedding. Also check between the mattress and box springs for additional pests.

  • Vacuum the entire room thoroughly, paying special attention to corners and crannies. Check behind dressers and in the corners of closets as well.

  • Place the vacuum's contents in a sealable plastic storage bag and dispose of it in your outside trash container. To kill the ticks prior to disposal, place the bag in a freezer overnight.

  • Launder your sheets with hot water and a sufficient amount of detergent. Dry the sheets using the highest heat setting on the dryer.

  • Spray a pesticide which is safe for interior use along the baseboards of each room to prevent future tick infestation.

  • Keep any outside pets away from beds and couches, as this increases the chances of home tick infestation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your sheets for ticks and wash them regularly to reduce the chance of future infestation.
  • Keep your yard well groomed and free of overgrown grass and plants. Also check that all outdoor storage containers are tightly sealed and free of holes or cracks.
  • Consult a professional pest removal service if your tick infestation is severe.

References

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