How to Get Rid of Fleas in Bedding

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Your bed should be a sanctuary for rest, but when your bedding has fleas there's no escaping the irritation. Learn how to eradicate a flea infestation with the help of a professional pest control technician in this free video.

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Hello. I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control in St. Petersburg, Florida. I was asked the other day a question that came in on my website; How to Get Rid of Fleas in Bedding? Well, that really depends on the bedding. Alright? If it's the type of bedding that can be washed, you just want to gather up all that bedding and take it straight to the washing machine. Don't put it in the hamper, put in with the other stuff and let the fleas spread. You want to take it straight to the washing machine. Go ahead and wash it with soapy, warm water. Now, if this is the type of bedding that you can't wash very easily or it needs to be dry cleaned, then you're going to have to tackle this from a different angle. Okay? And you're going to want to get it off the bed, you know, put it into a big plastic bag and get it out of the environment. You can dust it with a botanical and boric acid based dust and that will kill off the eggs and the larva. And you can spray into the bag, a little bit of pyrethrin based pesticide that's very safe. And that's going to kill off the adults but you're still going to have the pupas. Okay? That's when they're in the cocoon stage. They go egg, larva, pupa and hatch out as adults. Ok? And it's not going to get to that. Alright, so now again, it depends on the type of bedding you have. If this is bedding that maybe you could throw in the dryer. You know if you can't wash it but you can put it in the dryer. Put it on a nice, hot cycle and let it run for about a half an hour. That's going to kill off most of them right there. Okay? If it needs to be dry cleaned, I don't know if that's something I want to do; take it to the dry cleaner and then have the poor dry cleaner with a flea infestation. OK? So what you're going to have to do is keep it in that plastic bag and treat it. Wait a couple weeks. Move the plastic bag around which is going to cause the ones in the pupa stage that were dormant to go active. Treat it again. Give it another week and put it back on the bed. Hope this was helpful. This is Michael Piachenza with Advantage Pest Control coming to you from sunny St. Petersburg, Florida.

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