How to Kill Fleas in a Bedroom

Fleas cause irritation to both humans and animals. Their bites result in raised red bumps that itch. While many people commonly get fleas in their home via their pets, you don't need to have pets to experience a flea problem. Use as many flea control methods as possible to get the population down, and repeat the tactics once a week until the bugs are gone. You may not see the fleas, but you can monitor the frequency of the tiny red bites to know how you're doing.

A hot water wash will kill fleas on bedding.
  1. Strip the linens from your bed and wash them in hot water to kill fleas that may be on your bed. Also wash rugs in the room if possible.
  2. Vacuum your floor to remove any bugs. Dispose of the vacuum bag, since fleas can remain alive in the bag.
  3. Steam clean your mattress, walls, other bedroom furniture and rugs with a handheld steamer. Hold the steam wand 6 inches from the object you're steaming. Work slowly but evenly in rows, until you've covered the entire object, then move on to the next object.
  4. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the floor, wearing a dust mask and goggles while doing so. Apply a light dusting of diatomaceous earth on the floor, targeting corners or other areas where fleas might hide. Leave this substance on the floor for several days, then vacuum it up. This product will damage the outer covering on fleas' bodies causing their death.

Things You Will Need

  • Laundry detergent
  • Vacuum
  • Steam cleaner
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Dust mask
  • Protective goggles

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