Fleas in a bedroom pose a serious annoyance. Instead of using insect foggers that emit harsh chemicals into your home's air, get rid of those fleas with safer methods such as diatomaceous earth or electric flea traps.
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First Things First
Before getting rid of the fleas in the bedroom, locate problem areas such as your pet's bed or a blanket your pet rests upon. The biggest problem area may be your pet.
Inspect Your Pet
- Look through your dog or cat's fur, combing it with a fine-toothed flea comb. Comb the pet over a piece of white paper outside; any specks that fall from the comb are most likely flea droppings. Check your pet daily to stay on top of the flea problem.
- Grab fleas with tweezers and then deposit the pests
- Slow down fleas if you cannot catch them on your pet by dabbing the fleas with a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol. Do not use this near your pet's face, or on sensitive skin.
- Bathe your pet with a gentle pet shampoo, starting with the neck area and working your way down. Bathe the pet regularly; she may bring more fleas in from outdoors.
Wash or Vacuum Bedding and the Floor
Wash the pet's bedding or any blankets or pillowcases the pet rests upon. Wash in hot water and dry on high heat. Wash the bedding in the affected bedroom and vacuum or wash the floor as well. Clean washable fabrics at least on a weekly basis until there's no longer a flea problem; it may take a while to get rid of them all. Flea eggs that may be hiding around the house -- as well as adult fleas outside -- can result in a new crop of adult fleas inside at a future date. Vacuum the bedroom and entire home, if possible, on a daily basis -- thorough vacuuming can capture a majority of the adult flea population in the room, as well as flea eggs.
Set Flea Traps
Plug in an electric flea trap in an area of the room where the flea infestation seems the worst. These traps emit heat and light, drawing fleas to land on a sticky pad, where they become trapped.
- Make your own flea trap by plugging in a night light and placing a bowl of soapy water beneath it. Fleas drawn to the light fall into the water and drown. Use this method only in an area where your pet will not be tempted or able to drink the soapy water.
- Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth near baseboards, on pet bedding or in areas of the bedroom enjoyed by your pet. This all-natural material is safe to use around pets and humans; it resembles a fine talcum powder, but on a microscopic level with edges sharp enough to cut into a flea -- causing it to dry out and die. Vacuum up some of this powder after each time you vacuum the room or fabrics to help destroy fleas in the vacuum bag or canister.
- Help get rid of flea problems outdoors by sprinkling nematodes in moist, damp areas out of direct sunlight -- the same areas fleas like best. These tiny creatures eat flea larvae, greatly reducing the flea population around your home.
- Remove debris and low-hanging plant matter to expose more of the yard to sunlight. This cuts down on hiding places for the fleas.