Flea control is necessary when you have pets that go outside. Hardwood floors offer fleas many small spaces to live and reproduce, so it’s important to stop them before the problem becomes unmanageable. Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They are tiny brown colored pests with vertically flat bodies. An exoskeleton gives them a hard protective shell. Fleas are capable of jumping 9 to 15 inches high. When a flea bits the skin of a host it leaves a red bump. The skin irritation is caused by the saliva of the flea.
The Life Cycle of a Flea
An adult female flea lays about 20 to 50 eggs a day. The semitransparent eggs take two days to a few weeks to hatch. Larva measuring around ¼ inch breaks out of the eggs. After 5 to 18 days, the larva constructs a cocoon to start the pupa stage. In three to five days, a flea emerges from the cocoon. An adult flea can live for 25 days up to several months. The duration of a flea’s life cycle depends on the temperature. Fleas reproduce faster in a warm, humid climate. They can stay dormant for up to two years waiting for the right conditions to continue their cycle.
Preventive Flea Control
Reduce the possibility of your pet carrying fleas into your home by protecting them against the pests. Flea baths and collars are good for getting rid of adult fleas. Pills are available for your pet to help end the flea cycle. The oral medication works by prohibiting a flea’s eggs from hatching. Female fleas ingest the drug when they feed on your pet. Topical flea control keeps fleas off of your pets so they don’t bring them into your home. When you have pets daily vacuuming of carpets, wood floors and furniture is a necessity. Place a flea collar in the vacuum cleaner bag to kill any fleas that are picked up. Also, regularly wash pet bedding.
Flea Control for Hardwood Floors
Wood floors offer fleas a lot of places to hide. Be sure to thoroughly vacuum all areas of wood floors and under all of the furniture. Pay special attention to the hardwood floors where they met the baseboards.
If you have fleas, you need to treat your hardwood floors for flea control. Using boric acid on your hardwood floors can eliminate fleas. Boric acid dries out fleas, larva, and eggs, which kills them. Keep pets and family members out of the room when doing this form of flea control. Wear gloves and protective shoes when handling boric acid because it shouldn’t come in contact with your skin.
It is best to do this process in one room at a time. Sprinkle boric acid over your hardwood floor. Work the boric acid into the hardwood floor with an inexpensive broom that can be thrown away when you are done. Leave the boric acid on the floor for at least 24 hours then vacuum until there is no trace of the powder.