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Lynette writes,

What is the best product for wood floors with a flea infestation?

I was wondering if there is an adulticide solution combined with an IGR that is recommended to cover a whole room with hardwood flooring. I know fleas,eggs and larvae are in the cracks of the wood throughout my home. This is an older house with original hard wood flooring. I need to get in all of the cracks and crevices of the whole flooring, not just baseboards and rugs and carpeting. I have tried many things, but they keep coming back. I see a lot of positive reviews but not anything on wood floors, just carpeting.


Most products are not recommended for use on hardwood floors for flea control because fleas rarely  harbor there. In most cases, the fleas will develop in upholstered furniture, pet beds, rugs and carpeted areas. We are always a bit reluctant to recommend any products that will be sprayed on hardwood floors because of the risk of staining or discoloration. We recommend no matter which product you use, that you first test it in an inconspicuous area. Ultracide has an adulticide and an IGR. After testing for staining, you can spray Ultracide directly into cracks and crevices on the floor. Vacuuming the crevices immediately before spraying will help to remove some of the flea eggs and stimulate the developing pupa to become exposed to the Ultracide. With heavy infestations, you may need to retreat after 14 days to get rid of the stragglers.

Answer last updated on: 09/16/2010

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