Fleas in Bedding

Can Fleas Live in Your Bed?

These pests infest multiple areas in homes, especially mattresses, cushions, and carpeting. Pets transfer fleas to the beds and furniture where they sleep.

From here, the insects quickly spread around the house. Since immature fleas live and feed off a host in beds and rugs, finding out where the pests are living is crucial to stopping an infestation.

How Do Fleas Get in the Bed?

Fleas are not usually found infesting a homeowner’s beds and bedding. Fleas that are observed in beds and bedding are most likely there only to take a blood meal or were perhaps dislodged from the animal if the pet is allowed to sleep in the same bed as the homeowner.

However, if the homeowner does not wash and change the bedding for a long while, it is possible that the immature stages of the fleas could possibly take up residence in a bed or bedding.


The more likely situation is that flea eggs, larvae and pupae are living under the bed or, even more likely, are living in the bed and bedding of the household pet(s).

Signs of Fleas in the Bed

Pets frequently scratching themselves is an early indicator of flea infestation. In addition, small, dark, oval-shaped spots that show up on a light-colored sheet could be fleas in the bed..


Fleas cannot survive in extreme heat. Once an infestation has started, machine wash all blankets, pillow cases, and sheets in hot water and put them the dryer immediately afterwards.

If there are fleas in the bed sheets, the insects could have spread to the mattress and pillows, too.

Vacuum each piece as well as any nearby rugs or carpets that may contain more fleas and eggs. Carefully dispose of vacuum bags and filters to avoid re-infestation and repeat each step as needed.

While these methods will reduce infestations, the experts at Orkin have the most effective means to eliminate fleas in the bed and throughout the home.