As opposed to popular belief, fleas can live in bed. Like you, fleas love to live in a warm environment. And your bed is such an ideal place to live for fleas!
To be sure about it, you can observe some signs of fleas in bed. This is the first step to get rid of fleas and prevent them. Making any mistake to identify them correctly will lead to choosing faulty preventive measures.
In this article, I will be talking about only those obvious fleas’ symptoms. Keep reading!
5 Signs You Have Fleas In Bed
Your mattress is the perfect place for the fleas to hide and live peacefully. They find the mattress material suitable to lay eggs. And you are the perfect source for them to blood festival!
Well, it’s not that hard to get rid of fleas fast with the right action plan. But you need to detect them quickly before they spread everywhere and make your job hard to remove them.
Here are some obvious signs you have fleas in your bed:
- Blood Stain
Bloodstain on the bedsheets is a surefire sign of fleas. Those blood-thirsty pests drink so much and find it difficult to move swiftly.
So, you may smash and kill them unwittingly while you are in sleep. When smashed, there will be a blood stain on your bedsheets.
- Flea Dirt/Feces
Another way of detecting flea presence in your bed is by looking for flea feces. Finding dark specks does not mean there are fleas in there. You have to be sure about it.
This is what you should do…
Use a white tissue to pick up some of the specks. Sprinkle a few drops of water on those specks. If those specks turn into reddish-brown color, they are flea dirt and there are fleas in your bed!
Since they consumed your blood, you get that red hue.
- Flea Bites
When your house is infested with fleas, there will be flea bite presence on your ankles or legs. But when they are in your bed, they will bite you everywhere around your body.
You can identify those flea bites by observing the presence of red skin (red bumps) and it will be very much irritating.
- Flea Eggs In Carpet
If you have carpet on the floor of your bedroom, you should have a look for flea eggs in there. Sometimes, fleas can make the carpet their playground.
They lay their eggs on the carpet because they find it as a safe place. Put on your gloves first. Then run your finger through the carpet.
As the eggs are very tiny and white, you will be needing a magnifying glass to spot them. If there are flea eggs, you have a serious flea infestation in your bedroom.
- Restless Pet
The most likely cause of fleas’ infestation in your bed is your pet. Your pet brings it, insider, your bed from the outdoor. Remember, fleas are the ultimate hitchhikers!
Most people let their pets sleep on the bed. So, next time you let your pet slip on your bed, notice whether your pet is scratching excessively or not.
Both cats and dogs scratch excessively because flea bites irritate them a lot. IF your pet has fleas and it sleeps on your bed, you have fleas in your bedroom!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can fleas live in your bed?
Answer: Yes, fleas can live in your bed. To be exact, they can live in your cushions, mattresses, carpeting, and so on.
Where do fleas hide in bedroom?
Answer: Wherever they can find tight spaces like mattresses, cushions, carpets, and other hiding places like in between the sheets and pillowcases.
Do fleas bite humans at night?
Answer: Fleas don’t have any set ritual regarding biting humans. They bite whenever they feel hungry and get a chance.
How do you check your house for fleas?
Answer: Fleas are hitch riders. So, the easiest way to check fleas in your house is to wear pair of higher white shocks and walk around the carpeted areas for about 10 to 15 minutes. Fleas will jump up to hitch a ride if they are present in your house.
What does a flea bite on a human look like?
Answer: Fleas usually bite around your legs or ankles. And their bites look like red bumps. Normally, these red bumps appear in 3 or 4 clusters. And around the bite center, you may notice a red halo.
How do you tell if you have fleas in your bed?
Answer: The presence of flea dirt in your bed is a surefire sign. That flea dirt that looks like tiny black specks is actually flea excrement. If you sprinkle water on them, they will turn into dark-reddish brown.
How long can fleas live in a bed?
Answer: The lifespan of fleas is 2 to 3 months. Under ideal conditions and a regular supply of hosts, the fleas can live in the bed for up to 100 days.
If your dog plays in the backyard and it has free access to your bedroom, there will be fleas in your bedroom. That’s just a fact!
Of course, there are plenty of other signs of fleas in bed. But you really don’t need to know all of them. This guide should be more than enough.
If you observe any of the sign, get to action to get rid of them FAST!