Did my dog ​​give me fleas in my bed?

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“My dog ​​sleeps with me and has fleas—is this a problem?” If you've ever asked yourself this question, the answer is that it may very well turn into a problem. Although fleas generally prefer dogs, sometimes they can jump and bite you too. So yes, if your dog has fleas and sleeps in your bed, it could lead to a problem with fleas sneaking up on you in your sleep, leaving lots of itchy bites in the morning.

Signs that there are fleas in your bed

Unfortunately, if your dog has fleas and sleeps in your bed, your bed will most likely end up with fleas. Fleas can lay eggs in your pet's fur, and these eggs can fall onto your bedding and other areas where your dog sits or sleeps.Signs of fleas on bedding include tiny black specks sometimes called "flea dirt." This is flea excrement; if you sprinkle them with a little water they will turn a dark reddish brown.

Another sign that fleas have entered your bed is flea bites on your body. Flea bites often appear as clusters of small, itchy bites in concentrated areas.2 Bites are often localized to the ankles, but can appear on any part of the body. If you notice new clusters of bites every time you wake up, it may be a sign that you have a flea infestation in your bed. An even more worrisome option are bed bugs. A bed bug bite may look similar, but it is usually in a linear pattern rather than a group.3

home care

If you think you have fleas in your bed, you should wash all bedding in hot water, including sheets, blankets, pillows and mattress pads. Also, treat your home for fleas, as fleas and their eggs can be found in the carpet and other areas of your home. Adams Home Flea and Tick Spray kills fleas, ticks and bed bugs. It begins killing fleas within five minutes of spraying and protects against fleas, eggs and flea larvae for up to seven months. It also kills cockroaches, spiders, ants* and more.

Another option is Adams Flea & Tick Carpet Powder, which kills fleas at all stages of their life cycle. Each package treats one to two rooms (200 to 400 square feet), and the powder kills fleas for up to 30 days and controls re-infestations for up to 365 days.

Don't forget to treat your yard too. If you treat everything indoors but let your dog go outside, your puppy may immediately bring the fleas back. Adams Yard & Garden Spray provides flea protection for up to four weeks and also kills ticks, mosquitoes and ants.

Treating your dog for fleas

You also want to treat your dog to prevent him from getting fleas. One simple option is the Adams Plus Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs and Puppies. This collar will protect your dog for up to six months. Consider giving her a bath with Adams Flea and Tick Cleansing Shampoo for added protection.

Treating your puppy, your home, and your yard will help you avoid fleas, even if you let your dog sleep in your bed. Just continue to treat for fleas even in winter.

1. Flowers, Amy. "How to recognize the signs of fleas." WebMD,

March 17, 2019, https://pets.webmd.com/spot-fleas#1.

2. Stevens, Kara J. “My Dog Has Fleas: What to Do If Your Dog Brings Fleas Home.” Care.com, June 19, 2017, https://www.care.com/c/stories/6387/my-dog-has-fleas-what-to-do-if-your-dog-brin/.

3. Medical news today. “How to recognize flea and bed bug bites.” MedicalNewsToday.com, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326901.

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