Has Your Dog Brought Fleas In Bed With You?
Your best furry friend is loads of fun to snuggle up with, but unfortunately he can sometimes bring home unwanted visitors with him. But is he to blame for the itchy, sleepless nights you’ve been having? It is common for bed fleas in bed to be confused with bed bugs. Both type of insect are prevalent in urban, heavily populated cities like London, and pest control professionals see these problems all the time, so there is no need to feel embarrassed. And regardless of whether they are bed bugs or fleas, you will want to eradicate them from your bed as soon as you can. However, to be sure of enlisting the most effective flea pest control treatment, you do need to determine what is it that you’re actually dealing with. So, are they fleas or bed bugs?
The Difference Between Fleas and Bed Bugs
Following are the most important differences between fleas and bed bugs:
- Fleas are usually brought into your home by furry animals, such as your dog. Whereas bed bugs are mainly brought in by people.
- You’ll never see a bed bug jumping around your house, as they can only crawl. If you ever see a bug like pest that is jumping for almost 13 inches, you are dealing with fleas.
- Fleas are potential causes of diseases like typhus. Due to the risk from any of these diseases, be serious about the fact that you need flea control in the home. Bed bugs are relatively harmless in this aspect.
- Another important factor to differentiate fleas from bed bugs is their looks. Both fleas and bed bugs are reddish brown, which is why most people confuse between them. However, bed bugs are seed shaped and flatter. Whereas fleas’ body shape is oval and they appear to be longer.
Now that you have determined that you are actually dealing with fleas, let’s discuss some of the most effective methods of pest control for fleas.
How to Perform Flea Control in House & Your Bed
Wash Your Dog and Their Bedding
First of all, you need to control where your fleas in bed are coming from. Get your doggy clean, and preferably treat your pet for fleas. Be very discerning about which topical product you use though, as some may be harmful to your pet, so get professional veterinary advice about topical products. Next step you should take is to wash their bedding in very hot water. This will kill all the fleas that may be residing in it.
Clean Your Own Bed Sheets and Duvets
The same cleaning approach should be taken with your own bedding as well. Wash your bed sheets, pillow cases, and duvet in very hot water with detergent. Fleas are unable to survive hot cycles in both the dryer and washer, so this will hopefully put an end to the live fleas on your bedding.
Vacuum Your Mattress and Carpets
Of course, you can’t wash your mattress. But vacuum cleaning it thoroughly on all sides can be just as effective. To make this flea pest control even more effective, you can use household flea powders or sprays (easily available online) on your carpets, rugs and soft furnishings, and also inside the emptied vacuum cleaner when you’re done for good measure. Failing that, watch this video about London pest control, then call in an expert to help. At least that way, you will know your house is pest free.
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