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How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Yard


Have you seen your dog scratching and biting its skin more often? Did it start happening after you played fetch last Sunday? The problem might be fleas. Fleas are tiny parasitic insects that can deliver a nasty bite to you and your furry friends. They can invade your home by hitching a ride on your dog’s body and then wreaking havoc inside your house. Here’s a little bit more on fleas.

About Fleas in Your Yard

Fleas are 1/8th of an inch long, and reddish brown or golden in color. The most common type of fleas are cat fleas which can infect cats, dogs and humans. Neither you nor your pet are secure. They latch onto your pets’ or your skin and remain there at all times. They can’t fly but they can do something far more incredible.

They have the ability to leap 150 times their own height, or almost 8 inches, thanks to their strong hind legs. That’s the equivalent of a man jumping over a building. They’ve been known to transmit many diseases, the best known of which, is the bubonic plague. Fleas can also transmit murine typhus to humans via infested rodents. The symptoms of this disease include fever, muscle pain and severe headaches.

Fleas lay their eggs on the surface of their hosts’ skin after taking a blood meal from them, and the eggs fall to the ground once they hatch. Once the larvae hatch, they feed on nearby plant residue and feces from adult fleas. Almost a little over a week later, these larvae spin cocoons and pupate. Adults come out of the cocoons when it is humid and warm.

A flea bite is not very painful, causing itchy red bumps to develop on the skin. They can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia (shortage of red blood cells) in your pets. They prefer living in humid areas so your freshly watered garden might provide the perfect hiding spot until your pet comes along. So how exactly do you get rid of fleas in your yard, fast?

5 Ways to get rid of Fleas in Your Yard, Once and for all

  1. Use Insecticides with IGRs to Kill Fleas

Insecticides and insecticidal sprays are effective against killing adult insects such as fleas. Insecticide sprays contain the chemical specific for fleas, we suggest Novacide, which kills the nasty insects inside.  As with all treatments, however, you must first get rid of the fleas clinging to your pets. Either take them to the vet for treatment first or give them a bath with shampoo to wash away the fleas and their eggs.  outside use Permethrin SFR.

Keep your pets inside the house once you are done with washing out the fleas from them. You don’t want to do all that hard work all over again after your flea treatment is done. Keep children inside the house, too, until the treatment is finished. Next, prep your yard for cleanup. Mow the grass so none of the fleas get away. Remove all organic debris such as compost heaps, piles of grass clippings and mounds of leaves.

If you rake through these areas, fleas will find it hard to breed, and you’ll find it easier for your insecticides to kill them off. Get rid of your pet’s chew toys and any other clutter from your yard as fleas could be taking refuge underneath. Apply the insecticide or spray all over the yard, use protective clothing before you do so.

Give 4-6 hours for the treatment to cure. If you see more fleas turning up afterwards, it just means that the flea eggs, larvae and pupa were not targeted. For that, an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) is needed. It targets the larval stage to stop the flea from becoming an adult. So a “flea adulticide” with and IGR is the best chemical solution to kill fleas. You can order these chemicals online from Amazon, or purchase them from the marketplace.

  1. Nematodes for No More Fleas

Nematodes are small, microscopic worms that feed on the flea’s larvae. They’re a more natural solution to getting rid of fleas. These worms kill off other harmful insects including termites. The best part about nematodes is that they are harmless to pets, trees and humans. You can relax when you spray these worms in dark and moist areas where the fleas thrive. Be careful, however, these worms can’t stand the sun.

  1. Cedar Chips to Keep Fleas Away

Fleas hate the smell of cedar wood chips. So sprinkle your yard with them, especially around fences and entryways, deterring new fleas from entering your home. This is another natural way to get rid of fleas in your yard.

  1. Flood the Yard

This is effective in killing off larvae and eggs of fleas. The life cycle of fleas is greatly disturbed when you flood the lawn. Cover the whole garden in water, especially the doghouse. This will deter the fleas from breeding.  Not very ideal for most people and the cost would be huge, better to stick with an insecticide to control and get rid of fleas in your yard.

  1. Good Old Diatomaceous Earth

All it takes is dry, sunny weather and good old diatomaceous earth to get rid of adult fleas. Diatomaceous earth powder allows you to dry out the bodies of the fleas as they come into contact with it. Sprinkle it in areas where they are abundant and watch them work their magic.  This is a very slow acting product, so be prepared to wait for results.

Preventing Flea Infestations

The best way to prevent an infestation of fleas is to stop their carriers. If you have stray dogs or cats coming into your yard, it’s time you got a fence. If you have one, consider patching it up so that strays don’t find their way into your yard and spread their fleas. Keep your yard clean and well maintained, remove and seal up the garbage so stray animals are not attracted to your house. Clean up after your pets, too.

Not a bad idea to make flea control applications part of your annual pest control solution, we have flea kits so you can reassured that we have you covered for whenever you need to get rid of fleas in your yard.


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