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How to Get Rid of Fleas From Hardwood Floors


You love your pets but they cannot be kept locked up inside the house. Dogs contract fleas more often than any other animal. Did you know that the fleas on your pets is approximately just 5% of the total flea population in your home? By the time you realize that you are dealing with fleas, chances are that the infestation has grown far and wide.

Life cycle of fleas

A female flea lays about 20 to 50 eggs on a daily basis. The eggs are translucent, and too small for the naked eye. They hatch in about 5 days as the larvae break out of their shells. In less than two weeks, the larva wraps itself in a cocoon and enters the pupa stage. In another week, a fully grown flea is formed which can live up to 45 days depending on the temperature. Fleas foster warm and humid climates to continue with their reproduction cycles. They can also enter a state of being inactive for months at end waiting for the right climatic conditions.

Hardwood floors

Lamination and hard wood flooring can be a very attractive feature in a modern home. They are cool to the touch and easier to clean. However hardwood floors provide fleas with ample space to reproduce. Cracks and crevices present naturally in the hardwood floors are the perfect location for an adult female to lay its eggs. Fleas are like the active version of bed bugs that feed on the blood of its host, whether its animals or human beings. These tiny brown colored parasites have flat bodies with hard protective shells. They are also expert climbers as they can jump up to 15 inches high vertically in the air. This might not seem that high but given their small body mass, it is a lot. Flea bites can cause a lot of irritation on the skin too.

Once a flea problem occurs it is essential to take active measures to get rid of it. Here are a few techniques you can apply to get rid of fleas from your hardwood floors:

Get them at the source – fleas enter your homes by hitching a ride on your pets. There are special flea baths available for your dog. Placing a flea collar also helps. These might make the animal resilient and uncomfortable, but fleas can also do the same. You do not want an aggressive animal around the house.

Using pills and medication – this comes after the preventive measures as mentioned before. Feeding your dog this medication leads to the chemicals being transferred to the adult egg laying female fleas. Once the drug is ingested, the eggs laid do not hatch.

Flea combs – these are easily available and all you have to do is brush your animal’s fur. Active fleas might try to escape or get stuck to the comb. In order to prevent this, be ready with a bowl with a solution of liquid dish wash detergent and water. After combing your animal, dip the comb in this solution killing any active fleas with the soapy water.

Using vacuum cleaners – dogs and other animals do shed a lot of hair on a daily basis. Homeowners should vacuum their homes on a daily basis to avoid allergies and respiratory diseases from spreading. Vacuum the curtain, drapes, carpets, wood floors, walls and the furniture. Placing a flea collar at the mouth of the vacuum cleaner bag kills any fleas that are picked up.

Change the sheets – like bed bugs, fleas also love beddings and soft, crumples areas to lay their eggs. Changing the sheets on a bi-monthly basis helps prevent the infestation. Also, ensure that the beds are made properly with no wrinkles in the sheets. Similarly fleas can also infest laundry on the floor which has been there for days and clothes in the closet which are not used or washed. Everything should be kept in rotation. Clear away the clutter from the house. Everybody in the family should play their equal part to look after their own mess to prevent the load from falling on one person.

Using borax – Borax is essentially boric acid which can be used to eliminate fleas from your hardwood floors. How it works is that it creates a layer of dryness and dehydrates the fleas and their eggs, killing them almost instantly. Using boric acid can get tricky so always wear protective clothing when dealing with it. This includes high gloves, a face mask and a full sleeve shirt. Prevent the borax from making contact with your skin. If it does, then immediately wash the affected area with cold running water. Target one room at a time. Spread boric acid across the hardwood floor and use a disposable broom to reach every corner of the room. Leave the boric acid to settle for at least one day before vacuuming the residue. This should kill around 90% of the fleas in the room. Aside from borax, you can also try Boric Acid Dust (Borid).

Using foggers – fleas are small but they still need to breathe. Using foggers can help get them out of their hiding spots between the walls and the floors. Foggers are a fast and effective way to get rid of fleas. Fleas are more visible on white surfaces. You can lay white plastics in every room that you fog to get an idea of the size of the infestation. We recommend  Precor Plus Fogger.


Fleas can be frustrating to get rid of without the right products, that is why we highly recommend ordering the Solutions Guaranteed Flea Control Kit. This contains all the products necessary for successful flea control and will eliminate the infestation totally with the help of our DIY advice. There are also other products we have available on our website that can aid you in removing fleas from your pets to aid in total control of the flea invasion.

For more helpful DIY pest control advice, call us at 800-479-6583, shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com or start a live chat with us. We’ll be happy to assist you.


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