How to Rid Your Yard of Pesky Fleas
Fleas can quickly become a health hazard for you and your pets. Besides irritating bites, fleas can transmit tapeworm to pets and have been known to be carriers of typhus in humans. Every year in the United States, consumers spend billions of dollars in an effort to exterminate fleas from their pets, homes and lawns. The following are steps home owners can take to eliminate fleas from their lawns to keep themselves and their pets happy and safe.
1. Treat Pets and Home first
Your first line of defense is treating your beloved pets with a safe and effective flea control. Next, treat the inside of your home by vacuuming carpets and upholstery, and thoroughly washing pet bedding. You can also spray the inside of your home with an insect growth regulator (IGR), such as methoprene or pyriproxyfen.
2. Search the Yard and Remove Debris
Once you have tended to your pets and home, it is time to tackle the yard. First search your yard for any debris laying about. Fleas love dark, moist areas and will congregate under organic debris, potted plants and spots of standing water. Clean up any areas, removing dead leafs and tree limbs, and treat places where water pools.
3. Cut grass and Prune Foliage
Keep your trees and bushes trimmed. Cut your grass to a nice, short level.
4. Focus Your Efforts
If you have a large yard, focus on areas that your pets frequent the most, such as areas of play, where they take care of business and spots where they like to lie down.
5. Flood the fleas, Aerate and Let the Sun Shine Through
Flood those fleas out. Flea larvae and eggs will be washed away, along with their main food source, adult flea feces. Do not over-water to the point of creating standing pools. Remember, fleas like it moist. Aerate the lawn to help combat any standing water issues. Fleas do not like sunlight, so allow the sun time to dry out your yard.
6. Create Barriers
Next, patch any holes in your fence to create a barrier from any wildlife or other neighborhood pets getting in. Aside from fleas being brought home after walks with your pets, this is yet another way fleas and ticks can enter your yard.
7. Treating Your Lawn
If you are a person who prefers using natural remedies, here are a few of treatments you can try.
Purchase nematodes from your local gardening store. You can spray these tiny, beneficial worms around the yard and they will eat any fleas and other microscopic pests.
Sprinkle small amounts of borax soap close to home entry ways. Experiment sparingly taking caution not to inhale. Also some pets’ paws can become irritated by borax soap.
Spread cedar chips or eucalyptus leafs, especially in dark, moist areas. Fleas do not like either of these natural solutions.
Chemical insecticides should be used with caution, especially around pets and humans.
8. Call the Professionals
If all else fails, hire professional pest control experts.
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