Fleas are disgusting little critters that feed on the blood of animals and humans, and can spread many diseases. They can also infest homes and cause discomfort, itching and irritation. If you suspect that fleas are living in your bed, it is essential to get rid of them quickly to avoid an infestation.
The first sign of a flea problem is itchy bites on your skin that look like bed bug bites, although they may be slightly smaller and redder. You may also notice tiny black specks on your sheets, pillowcases or mattress, which are flea dirt. All insects poop, and fleas are no exception. The tiny specks they leave behind look similar to ground pepper, and collect in indentations in your mattress or bedding.
Other signs of a flea problem are the presence of flea eggs, which look like tiny grains of rice. You can find these in the seams of your bedding, on the edges of your mattresses and in upholstered parts of your bed frame or headboard.
The first step to getting rid of fleas in your bed is to wash your bedding. Toss all of your machine-washable sheets, pillows, blankets and comforters in the washing machine on a hot cycle, then put them into the dryer to kill any remaining fleas and their eggs. Steam cleaning your mattress and upholstered beds is also an effective way to kill fleas and their eggs, but be sure to follow the instructions on your steamer carefully to avoid damaging your furniture.