How To Succeed At Yard Flea Control
No matter how diligent you are about treating your dog for fleas, or keeping your house free of fleas, if you don’t treat your yard as well, you will most likely be seeing the pests again. Keeping fleas away is an ongoing job and you will need to include yard flea control in your plans. Here are some tips on how to succeed at controlling the fleas in your yard.
- Before treating your yard for fleas you should prepare your lawn. You can do this by mowing your yard often. This allows sunlight to penetrate down to the soil where flea eggs and larvae thrive. The sun’s rays can be harmful and even deadly for these eggs and larvae. Mowing is an excellent way to kill off fleas and larvae in your yard.
- Remove weeds and brush from your yard, especially tall weeds that grow around your fence lines or objects in your yard. These are places where fleas can hide from your treatments.
- Keep other animals out of your yard, such as neighborhood pets and even wild animals that may be bringing fleas into your yard. If you have a fence you should try to plug up any gaps where these animals are entering. Cover trash cans that may be tempting stray animals to come to your yard. You may not be able to keep every squirrel or rabbit out of your yard, but cutting down on the number of animals visiting your yard will reduce the fleas in your yard.
- Remove trash and debris from your yard. These are places where fleas can hide when you are treating your yard.
- Clean up overgrown flower beds and other places where fleas can hide.
- Once you have your yard under control, you can consider kinds of flea treatments. One good method is flea yard spray. Yard sprays are chemical treatments which usually need to be diluted with water and sprayed on your lawn. You can use a chemical sprayer to spray them. In some cases you can attach your garden hose to the container and spray.
- You can also use granule treatments for your yard. These are also chemical treatments. You can spread them over your yard and then water over them to help the soil absorb the granules.
- Another method of yard flea control is to spread diatomaceous earth over your lawn. Diatomaceous earth works by stripping the exoskeleton from the flea and exposing it so that it dries out. It does the same thing to flea eggs, preventing them from hatching.
You can find all of these flea treatments at pet stores and at online pet retailers. Or you can check garden supply centers.
If you follow these suggestions you should be able to keep your yard free of fleas. Remember that you will need to keep treating your yard in order to keep the fleas away because new fleas will be finding their way to your yard, or flea eggs may be hatching. Treat your dog with a good flea product, treat your home, and don’t forget to treat your yard.