If you think bed bugs are the only pest that can hide in your bed, then think again.
But your bed isn’t a preferred habitat for fleas. Despite that, fleas can easily hide and survive in your bed.
In this guide, you’ll find out two undeniable signs of fleas in bed.
Plus, you’ll get to know how to get rid of fleas hiding in your bed, naturally. And a lot more.
2 Signs Of Fleas In Bed
There are two significant signs of fleas in bed that will answer your question, “are there fleas in my bed.”
The first sign is flea dirt (also known as flea dust), and the second is flea bite marks on your body.
There are some minor signs too, which may or may not be visible. I’ll talk about it in a minute.
But for now, let’s look at the primary signs of fleas in bed.
Flea feces or flea dirt are like tiny black pepper-like grains on your bed.
Fleas discard where they hide, and if they’re hiding on your bed, they’ll not hesitate to do that.
Flea feces look like tiny dirt particles on your bed. That’s why flea feces is also known as flea dirt.
So, how to be sure if those dirt particles are flea feces?
It’s simple. Pour some water on the dusted portion on your bed sheet. And scrub it with your fingers.
It’ll turn red. That means it’s flea feces.
You may confuse flea feces with bed bug fecal marks. But the major difference between the two is that flea feces are dust-like particles, whereas bed bug fecal marks are small spots on the bed.
Flea Bite Marks On Your Body
Flea bite marks on your body are also a prominent sign of fleas in bed.
Flea bite marks are tiny random red marks on your skin that itch a lot.
But how can you know for sure that it’s a flea bite mark, not a bed bug bite mark?
It is difficult to tell, but there are some crucial differences between flea bite marks and bed bug bite marks.
First, fleas bite on the lower half of your body, especially on skin folds of ankles, elbows, and knee bends. In contrast, bed bugs can bite all over your body.
Second, the most important, flea bite marks are smaller in size than bed bug bite marks. Flea bite marks look like acne or pimples, whereas bed bug bite marks have a bit of swelling.
Bed bug bite marks generally grow larger in 24 to 48 hours, but flea bite marks don’t change in size.
Third, flea bite marks don’t have a pattern like bed bug bite marks. Most of the time, flea bite marks are random.
But bed bug bite marks are in a string. It’s because bed bugs bite multiple times in a straight-ish line till they find the right spot to suck your blood.
Some minor signs of flea infestation on your bed are flea eggs, flea pupae, and flea shells. These are tiny and can be hard to spot.
But you can come across them when you’re in the process of getting rid of fleas in bed. You’ll find it later in this post.
Are Flea Bites Dangerous To Health?
Yes, flea bites can have a significant risk to your health, especially when you’re allergic to bug bites.
You’d develop rashes and can get allergic attacks like sneezing, swollen eyes, and running nose.
The bitten area can also swell and may develop into a blister. If you puncture the blister or anything stabs it accidentally, then it can lead to infection.
Fleas can also infest human skin by burrowing themselves into the human skin. This condition is known as tungiasis.
The most common places that it can happen are the feet and the ankles. Fleas die in two or so weeks once they drill inside your skin. That leads to severe infection.
So, if fleas have bitten you, it’d be best to consult a physician.
How Do Fleas Get Into Your Bed?
There are two ways that fleas can get to your bed. First, your pet dog or cat has slept on your bed, and the pet has fleas.
When pets have fleas on their bodies, they can transfer the fleas on soft furnishings like couches, carpets, pet beds, rugs, and beds.
The second way that fleas can get onto your bed is from you.
Do you’ve got a yard with tall grasses? Or do you have shrubs growing in moist areas of your yard or garden?
If yes, then that’s where fleas live and breed outside your home.
When you walk there, fleas latch onto your clothing like trousers, shorts, and socks.
And you transfer them into your home and bed.
Can Fleas Survive On Human Blood?
That’s a tricky question to answer. The answer is yes, but that’s not what fleas prefer.
Fleas prefer to survive as a parasite on your pets. It’s your pets’ blood that fleas prefer.
But, if you remove the pet from your home, or if fleas are hiding in your bed, then they don’t have any option but to bite you and suck your blood.
If there are fleas on your bed, they’ll latch onto your pet once your pet hops onto your bed.
So, it’s always a good practice not to let pets sleep on your bed or upholstery often.
How To Get Rid Of Fleas In Bed, Naturally?
Thankfully, there are many home products that you can use to get rid of fleas in bed.
But before you kill fleas in bed, make sure that you treat your pets for fleas. If they’ve fleas, and they hop onto your bed often, then fleas will be back on your bed.
Below is a step-by-step guide to getting rid of fleas in bed naturally.
Steam Clean Your Bed To Kill The Hiding Fleas
Like bed bugs and bed worms, fleas hide in the cracks and seams of the bed and mattresses.
To begin with, remove the bed covers, pillow covers, and bed sheets from your bed.
You’ll find out what to do with them in the next section. For now, let’s focus on your bed frame and box springs.
Now, steam clean your bed thoroughly. Steam cleaners produce heat.
And the heat from the steam cleaner will kill all the fleas, flea eggs, and flea pupae hiding in the bed.
(Every home must have a steam cleaner and a packet of diatomaceous earth. In our opinion, these two are the best yet most underrated pest killers.)
While steam cleaning, ensure that you’re doing it slowly and you’re covering every inch and corner of your bed.
Hold the hose of the steam cleaner a bit longer on the cracks and gaps on the bed frame. Also, exert a bit of pressure with your hand while using it on the seams of the mattress.
If your bed has a headboard, then remove the headboard and steam clean that as well. It’s not only fleas that can hide in the headboard, but also bed bugs.
Don’t forget to clean the back of the headboard, especially when the headboard is stuck with the wall.
If you don’t have a steam cleaner, use a vacuum cleaner. But after vacuuming, do not dispose of the dust bag of the vacuum cleaner trash bins inside your home.
It’s because fleas are good jumpers. They’d jump out of the trash bins and hide again inside your home.
But there’s one drawback of using a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaners may remove the fleas and their eggs, but it won’t kill them.
If you don’t vacuum well, then you’ll not get rid of flea eggs, nymphs, and pupae. These will mature soon to become adults and reinfest your bed.
To manage the risk, scatter food-grade diatomaceous earth on the mattress, bed frame, and headboard. Diatomaceous earth kills fleas.
Let the diatomaceous earth settle down for an hour. And then slowly vacuum clean all corners of your bed frame, headboard, and mattress.
Prepare A Flea Killing Spray With Vinegar And Water
Mix one portion of white vinegar with two equal quantities of water. You can also mix a few drops of peppermint essential oil or citrus essential oil with the mixture.
Essential oils will make the flea-killing spray more powerful.
Now, pour the spray into a spray bottle. Shake it well, and then spray it on all the corners of your bed.
Do not forget to spray the mixture on the cracks on the bed, the places where nuts and bolts are, and on the headboard.
And of course, don’t miss the mattress.
White vinegar is acidic which kills many pests, including fleas. And essential oil, especially peppermint essential oil, has insecticidal properties that repel fleas.
Leave your bed idle for an hour.
Wash The Bed Sheets, Pillow Covers, And Other Bed Covers In Warm Water To Kill The Fleas
Washing the fabrics on the bed in hot water will kill any fleas living on them.
After washing, put them in a dryer. That’ll ensure all the fleas, if any, on the bed fabrics are dead.
Vacuum Or Steam Clean The Other Soft Furnishings In Your Bedroom To Kill Hidden Fleas
Again, fleas are good jumpers, and they move around quickly.
If they’re on your bed, then chances are they are also hiding in the soft furnishings like rugs, carpets, upholsteries, and drapes and curtains.
Vacuum clean, preferably, steam clean those furnishings too.
If there are any pet beds in your home, wash and clean them as well.
As a precautionary measure, do not dispose of the vacuum cleaner dust bag inside your home.
There are two telltale signs of flea presence in your bed – flea bite marks on your body and flea dirt.
Other subtle signs can be flea eggs, shed or molted flea skin, baby fleas, and flea pupae. But you can easily ignore these signs unless you’re a professional pest controller.
In this guide, you’ve also found out the critical differences between flea bite marks and bed bug bite marks. Along with that, you’ve also found out the health risks of flea bites.
That makes it more compelling to get rid of fleas in your bed. But, it’s absolutely doable without hiring any pest controller.
In this guide, there’s also a simple three-step process to get rid of fleas naturally.
But don’t forget to ignore how fleas get onto your bed, which is explained in this post. If you can avoid those, then you’ll bring the chances of flea infestation in your bed to zero.
We’re Mark and Jim. We were serial pest killers for almost all of our lives. Through this blog we spread pest murdering tips to people like you who want to keep their homes pest free.