Fleas love moist, shady surroundings, like pet bedding and outdoor furniture. Although they are most commonly found on pets, they can also live on humans and rodents. So how can you prevent fleas from living on your clothes? One way is to wash your clothes in hot water and vacuum frequently.
Fleas are difficult to kill without a host, so you should treat infected fabric right away. Fleas can live on a piece of clothing for up to 24 hours. When they are disturbed during feeding, they may hide in seams of your clothing. If you wash clothes without removing them, the fleas may remain on your clothing for a week or more. If you have a pet, you may have already experienced flea bites.
You should take care to protect yourself and your clothes during a nature walk. Fleas can live on clothes and spread throughout your home. Even if you don’t have pets, you should still treat your home for fleas. You should wear clothing that is breathable to prevent fleas from sticking to your clothing and causing damage.
Putting your clothes in the washing machine will help kill adult fleas. You can use a detergent that contains chlorine bleach in hot water to kill flea eggs. It is recommended to use one cup of bleach per 16 gallons of water. However, if your clothes are not bleach-safe, you can use an antimicrobial detergent. Some of these antimicrobial cleaners contain pine oil, which is a very effective antimicrobial.