How to Get Rid of Fleas on Hardwood Floors

Fleas are small insects that can be found on pets, floors, furniture and anywhere else they feed on the blood of their owners. Once fleas have infested your hardwood floors, it can become much more difficult to get rid of them entirely. The following article will discuss what you need to know about getting rid of fleas on hardwood floors while minimizing contact with chemicals and pesticides that might harm you or your furry friends.

Can Fleas Live on Hardwood Floors?

Fleas can live on hardwood floors, but they are not as likely to thrive there as they are on carpets. This is because fleas prefer a dark, moist environment in which to lay their eggs and hatch. If your hardwood floors are kept clean and dry, the fleas will have a harder time surviving.

Can Fleas Develop in Hardwood Floors?

The larval stage of flea life is fragile. The larvae quickly become desiccated in dry conditions. This limits flea development. Humidity, darkness, warmth, and plenty of food (flea dirt) are necessary for a flea to thrive. Substrates with these conditions tend to occur at the bottom of protected microenvironments. Flea larvae avoid light by burrowing into these types of habitats so that they do not come into contact with it. Hardwood flooring is likely to dry out in the presence of light, so keeping your floors clean will prevent this kind of development.

When the larvae hatch, they do not travel far. Flea eggs must fall from the host into a viable location for them to survive. In addition, flea feces must fall with the eggs. In order to survive, the larvae must eat the feces.

What are the Ways Fleas Get into Your Home?

Fleas can enter your home in a variety of ways. They may hitch a ride on your pet, or they may come in through open windows or doors. They can also be brought into your home on clothing, furniture, or bedding. If you have an infestation of fleas, it is important to take steps to prevent them from coming back in.

How to Identify if Your Hardwood Floors Have Fleas

The most obvious sign of fleas on hardwood floors is the presence of tiny black dots. These are actually flea excrement, also known as “flea dirt”. They may also appear red if there is blood inside them. If you have pets, it can be difficult to tell whether or not they are leaving these little dots around your home. You should regularly inspect any flooring that your pet spends time on for fleas and their excrement.

You can also look for signs of flea larvae. These are small, white creatures that look like worms. They are usually found near the edge of furniture or along the baseboards of your home. If you see these, it is a sign that you have an infestation and you should take steps to get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Fleas on Hardwood Floors

Getting rid of fleas on hardwood floors can be difficult, but it does not have to be complicated. Different chemicals are used to kill different stages of the flea life cycle (adult, larval, and egg) at different rates. This means that you must understand which stage(s) you need to target for best results.

There are a few different ways to get rid of fleas on hardwood floors – you can use chemicals or you can use natural methods. If you choose to use chemicals, there are a variety of options available to you, including preventative pesticides, adulticides, and larvicides or insect growth regulators.

If possible, use a combination of chemical tools for maximum effect.

Vacuum Clean the Hardwood Floor

There are a few important steps you need to take before getting rid of fleas from your hardwood floor. The first step is to vacuum your floor thoroughly, and then dispose of the vacuum bag or empty the canister outside.

Vacuum Clean the Hardwood Floor

Vacuum as often as necessary to ensure that flea larvae are eliminated from the area. Vacuum all carpets, flooring, and furniture. This will suck up any flea larvae, eggs, or adults hiding in your carpet or on your furniture.

The floors and baseboards should be thoroughly vacuumed using a vacuum’s nozzle attachment. Pay special attention to the areas around furniture and along the baseboard, as this is where fleas are likely to hide.

You should also clean all furniture and surfaces in your room with a detergent and water solution. You can also mop the floors to prevent flea infestations.

Finally, you should treat your floor with an appropriate flea treatment.

Applying a Flea Premise Spray Containing an Insect Growth Regulator (Precor 2000 Plus)

When it comes to choosing an appropriate flea treatment for hardwood floors, you have to take a variety of factors into consideration. For example, you’ll need to make sure that the product you choose is specifically designed to be used on hardwood surfaces.

Use a flea premise spray that contains an insect growth regulator. Regardless of floor type, apply the treatment thoroughly in all infested rooms. For complete coverage, direct the spray behind and under couches, beds, chairs, cushions, and other furniture. Don’t forget to spray along wall and floor intersections, especially baseboards.

Applying Flea Premise Spray with IGR

Difference Between an Insecticide and an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR)

Insecticides kill adult fleas on contact. However, they also pose a host of potential dangers to your family and pets. You’ll need to call in specialized help if you notice problems such as vomiting, seizures, tremors, drooling, or depression after using an insecticide.

In contrast, insect growth regulators prevent fleas from maturing into adults. As a result, they’re much safer for both you and your pets. However, they may take longer to work than insecticides.

Products that contain Precor 2000 Plus are good choices for getting rid of fleas on hardwood floors. This product not only kills adult fleas but also prevents them from reproducing. It’s safe to use around both people and pets and is quick and easy to apply.

Precor Product Overview from PestWorld 2013

 

When applying any type of pesticide or insect growth regulator, always be sure to follow the instructions carefully and take all necessary precautions. For example, always wear gloves and keep children and pets away from the area until it’s dry

Flea premise sprays like Precor 2000 Plus contain an insect growth regulator, which works by inhibiting the development of flea eggs and larvae. These IGRs affect the nervous system of insects, preventing them from maturing to adulthood, through a process known as neuro-gene modulation.

Some of these IGRs are found in common household items like pet shampoos and laundry detergents; others are used for agricultural purposes. Premise sprays kill adult fleas on contact and prevent immature stages from developing into adults even if they come into contact with the spray.

Since the active ingredient is an IGR, it doesn’t stop working completely after 24 hours like most pesticides. Always take care to read and follow all instructions on any flea-control product before using it.

Additional Steps

If there is a heavy infestation, you may need to vacuum daily or every other day until all visible signs of fleas have disappeared. Repeat this process until you no longer see any evidence of fleas on your hardwood flooring.

Remove flea eggs, larvae, pupae, adults, and food sources from floors, rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and baseboards by vacuuming.

Additionally, you will need to:

  • Use veterinary-approved products on your pets.
  • Wash all clothing and linen (including your pet’s) in hot water.
  • Clean window sills and furniture thoroughly with Pine-Sol or any other suitable product.
  • If possible, wash carpets and rugs in hot water.

How to Get Rid of Fleas on Hardwood Floors Naturally – the Best Methods

If you are uncomfortable with the use of chemicals in your home, there are a number of ways to get rid of fleas naturally.

However, these methods may require more time and effort than using traditional chemical pesticides. Some may be more effective than others, but all will require a lot of patience and persistence.

There are a number of products that contain only natural ingredients and do not require the use of potentially harmful chemicals to kill adult fleas. Most such products rely on plant-based oils, such as eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, lemongrass oil, or cedar oil. However, these oils may not be safe for certain types of flooring. For example, many hardware stores recommend using citrus-based oils to clean laminate floors instead of other types of hardwood floors because it is believed that they will not cause damage to the surface.

If you choose to use a chemical-free method, it is important to be diligent in your efforts. All areas of the home where the pet frequents should be treated, including carpets, furniture, and bedding. It may also be necessary to treat outside areas where the pet spends time, such as a backyard or patio.

Boric Acid Powder (Borax)

Boric Acid PowderThe boric acid powder is a common way to get rid of fleas on wood floors. This product can be found in most stores where other pesticides are sold such as hardware and grocery stores. It’s important to note though that it may take several weeks for this method to work so patience is essential during each step of treatment with boric acid powder.

In order to eliminate the pests, you will need to leave it for a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 1-2 days. Don’t forget crevices and dark corners when covering the entire floor. In case fleas are hiding in your couches, upholstery, and inside wall cracks, sprinkle this product on them as well.

After this period, make sure you vacuum your floor thoroughly and take special care to remove the residue of the chemical that has accumulated in cracks and gaps in your floor, as well as under your planks.

However, it is slightly toxic and as a result, we do not advise using it on a daily basis. Additionally, if you use this boric acid powder method on wood floors, be sure to keep the pets and children away from the treated areas.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can also be used as a flea repellent. For this method, you will need to create a paste with baking soda and water and spread it over the areas of the floor that you want to protect. Let it dry for several hours and then vacuum it off.

Baking soda is non-toxic and can be used without any fear of harming your pets or family members. However, it may take a longer time to show results when compared with other methods.

If you are looking for an easy and safe way to get rid of fleas on wood floors, baking soda is a good choice.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous EarthDiatomaceous earth is a powder-like substance found in some soils. It consists of tiny fossilized aquatic organisms that have been ground to a fine, talcum-like powder. When sprinkled on insects, it lacerates their exoskeletons and they die of dehydration.

You can buy diatomaceous earth at most garden stores and some hardware stores. It is very important to follow the directions on the package, as using too much can be harmful to both pets and humans.

You will need to wait for about 45 minutes to an hour. Vacuum the floor after that.

This method is very effective in getting rid of fleas; however, it can take a few weeks before you see results.

To get rid of fleas on hardwood floors, you can use any one of the three methods. Vacuuming, regardless of the method you use, is one of the most vital things you should never forget.

Moping the Hardwood Floor with Pine-Sol

Pine-sol is a disinfectant and degreaser that can be used to clean wood floors. It can be found in most supermarkets and hardware stores. Pine-sol is a non-toxic and pet-safe product that can be used to clean your floors.

Mix 1/4 cup of pine-sol with water according to the instructions with a bucket to prepare the mixture and pour it on a cleaning rag. You will need to mop the floor with pine-sol and then wait for about 45 minutes to an hour. Wipe your floor with this mixture until it is completely clean and then dry your floor with a towel or let it air dry.

It will take care of any grease or dirt that may be on the floor and also help to repel fleas.

Pine-sol can also be used as an all-purpose cleaner for the rest of the house as well as to remove any smell that may be associated with the fleas.

When using pine-sol, avoid getting it in your eyes or on your skin. Read the product label for more information. Pine-sol is very effective in getting rid of fleas; however, it can take a few weeks before you see results.

What You Should Never Use to Remove Fleas from Hardwood

  • Bleach. This is a big no-no. Bleach is too harsh for wood flooring and can cause irreparable damage to your hardwood floors. If you have pets, do not use any chemicals that are toxic to them such as bleach.
  • Flea bombs. Bombs are not effective in getting rid of fleas and can actually cause them to spread to other areas of your house. Additionally, they can be harmful to both pets and humans.
  • Steam cleaners. Steaming your floors is not an effective way to get rid of fleas and can actually damage the finish on your flooring.
  • Vinegar. Vinegar can kill fleas, but it will not get rid of the eggs. It will only prevent the current infestation from growing.
  • Salt. Salt can corrode the surface of your floor and may cause damage to it.
  • Sweeping. While it is important to sweep your floors, you should not use a broom to sweep the fleas. If you do, they will just scatter and go elsewhere.

As you can see from this list, some of the most common methods for getting rid of fleas on wood floors are very ineffective. However, there are easy-to-use solutions that you can use to get rid of these pests without damaging your flooring.

Conclusion

There are a variety of ways to get rid of fleas on hardwood floors, both with and without the use of chemicals. If you choose to use chemicals, there are a variety of products available to you, including preventative pesticides, adulticides, larvicides, and IGR. If you choose to use natural methods, you can mop your floor with pine-sol, mix baking soda or use diatomaceous earth.

FAQs

  • Can fleas survive on wood floors?
    Yes, fleas can survive on wood floors.
  • Can fleas lay eggs on hardwood floors?
    Yes, fleas can lay eggs on hardwood floors.
  • Is Borax safe for wood floors?
    Borax is safe for wood floors.
  • Is vinegar good for hardwood floors?
    Vinegar is not good for hardwood floors.
  • How do you deep clean old hardwood floors?
    You can use a solution of dishwashing liquid and water. Fill a bucket with the solution and mop the floor with it, then dry it up with a towel or cloth. You can repeat this once if needed.
  • How to clean hardwood floors with vinegar and water?
    Vinegar is not good for hardwood floors, so you should avoid this method.
  • Can you use Dawn dish soap on hardwood floors?
    Yes, Dawn dish soap can be used to clean hardwood floors. You can either mix it with water and mop the floor with it, or put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the floor. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with water.
  • Can you use Pine-Sol on hardwood floors?
    Can you use Pine-Sol on hardwood floors? Yes, Pine-Sol can be used to clean hardwood floors.
  • List of Sources

    1. Chemical and Nonchemical Management of FLEAS. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.
    2. Fleas. Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
    Franklin Jones
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