Many of us sleep with our pets, but should we sleep with their fleas? - get rid of the little suckers!
A recent survey of dog owners in England found that 44% of respondents sleep with their dog. A similar survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers' Association found that 71% of dog owners spend their nights snuggled up with their dogs.
The majority sleep under the covers, whilst the remainder sleep either at the end of the bed or on the pillows. Not surprisingly stats for cat owners are very similar.
It is fair to say that a similar percentage sleep with both their cat and their dog!
There is no quick fix in getting rid of fleas in your bed or anywhere else inside and outside of your home for that matter. The reason for this is due to the nature of fleas and their four stage life cycle:
Flea Life Cycle
Although fleas are more likely to be a problem during warm-weather months, they can also cause problems during cooler seasons due to their ability to continue their life cycle indoors.
Cats and dogs which go outside are cats and dogs that will eventually pick up fleas if they are allowed to do so without flea protection. Chances are, that if you landed on this page, your pet has already picked them up; and you just want to be rid of them and out of your bed.
If you have fleas in your home don't blame the family pet because only 5% of the flea population in your home will be on your pet; the remaining 95% will be ensconced elsewhere.
To be successful in your efforts to have a flea free bed, you need to have flea free pets along with a flea free home both inside and out. Please take a moment to read our articles on Fleas on Pets, Fleas in Furniture, Fleas in Carpets and Fleas in Lawns and Yards.
If you don't have time, just let me just say that only 5% of the fleas in and around your home will be on your pets the other 95% will be lurking around in various stages of off-spring development; in dark crevices, curtains folds and soft furnishings - they will also be in your car, lawns, gardens and yards.
Getting rid of fleas in your bed - lets get started
Wash all your bed linen, that includes every single item you use to make-up your bed in very hot water and detergent.
Wash every bit of your pet's bedding very hot water and detergent.
Dry all bed linen in a clothes dryer and set it at the highest temperature allowed in accordance with care label instructions. Above 90 degrees Centigrade is best if permissible.
Dry your pets bedding in the same method as your own, when dry dust it with flea powder.
Rewash and dry all your bed linen every 3 or 4 days to kill any newly adult hatched fleas which may have slipped the net. Continue to do this until you are on top of the flea infestation.
Rewash and dry your pet's bedding every 3 or 4 days as well.
Sprinkle your mattress with boracic acid powder and leave on for 24-48 hours before vacuuming off. Remember your vacuum cleaner is you best weapon against fleas
Spray your mattress with a natural repellant to kill and repel any future fleas. Please take a moment to read our page on Home Flea Remedies and peruse our Stop The Fleas Products page. There you will find 64 different "Only Natural" flea control/prevention products. All are safe to use around children and pets and can be ordered online.
Your Vacuum cleaner is your greatest weapon against fleas in your bed, under your bed and in your home. Vacuum daily until you are sure you have the problem under control. A good idea is to put a Flea Collar inside the vacuum bag and once the bag is full, seal it and dispose of it off your property.
Getting rid of fleas in and around your home will take diligence on your part; this could take weeks or even months. You must take a 4-pronged approach, other wise you wont be successful:
- Treat the fleas on your pets - we suggest the Only Natural Flea tag.
- Control the fleas inside and outside your home by using chemical free and safe flea repellants.
- Be systematic and regular in your chosen method of flea repellants.
- Start now!
Video of the Desmond's family story about their distressed pets after applying chemical flea repellant spot-ons
The video below is well worth watching. The Desmonds administered a spot-on flea and tick control product to each of their five terriers. Within an hour of application all five dogs became sick ranging from vomiting to difficulty in breathing and one even had skin burns on its back. Watch their dogs' horrific experiences on video.
This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Holistic Library and is presented for informational purposes only.The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local vet. Instead, the content offers the reader information researched and written by Carole Curtis for www.carolesdoggieworld.com