If you are a pet owner, you will need to take steps to protect your pet against fleas. Before you learn how to treat your yard for fleas, you should know what they are and what attracts them to your yard in the first place. Fleas are small insects that feed on humans, cats, dogs, and other warm-blooded animals. In addition to being a source of discomfort for your pet, fleas are hosts for tapeworms and can also transmit diseases. If you suspect that your pet already has fleas, you should first treat your pet before treating your yard. Many flea and tick treatments are available, including pills, shampoos, powders, collars, sprays, and spot-treatment products. You can purchase these products for both dogs and cats, but take special care not to use a product meant for dogs on cats or vice-versa. Always consult with a veterinarian before you begin any flea treatment, and always read the instructions, packaging, and any other provided literature carefully.
Clean Both Indoors and Outdoors
Just as you would treat your pet for fleas, you must also treat both the indoor and outdoor environments. Start by thoroughly cleaning the inside of your home, including any rugs, bedding, and upholstered furniture. Be sure to seal and discard vacuum bags when you are done. You can help control future flea infestations by regularly cleaning your pet’s bedding.
When treating your yard, you want to be just as thorough. Fleas are attracted to cool, moist, and dark spots, so concentrate on these shady areas when spraying. Fleas like shrubs and trees and do not do well in open grass and in direct sunlight. Keep your lawn short so sunlight can permeate the ground, and remove any clutter in your yard.
Of course, it would be counterproductive to clean your home and yard just to have your pet bring in fleas from a neighboring yard that hasn’t been treated. One answer to how to treat your yard for fleas would be to restrict access to places where fleas are most likely to congregate. You can keep your pet away from these spots by fencing in problem areas. You also want to make sure that your dog does not stray away from your treated property to where it can contract fleas. However, conventional fencing can be expensive and requires routine maintenance for both aesthetics and functionality. Installing an underground, wireless dog fence is a safe, effective, and affordable alternative to conventional fencing. Dog Guard’s out-of-sight fencing is veterinarian-approved and can be installed around your yard and even around problem areas like gardens, flower beds, and shrubs.
How to Get Rid of Fleas in the Yard Naturally
Taking preventive measures is one strategy for how to get rid of fleas in the yard naturally. Restricting pets to a single bed and washing the bed at least weekly can help deter infestation. Similarly, bathing your pet regularly using soap and warm water is another way to prevent fleas naturally. Buy a flea comb for your pet and use it daily, checking for fleas after each stroke of the comb. If you spot any, pick them off and dump them in soapy water. Vitamin B1 has been shown to reduce flea bite frequency. Talk to your veterinarian about vitamin supplements for your pet.
Inside and outside of the home, there are a number of measures that you can take to help fight off fleas. Be sure to vacuum the carpets regularly. In the case of a severe infestation, steam cleaning may also be necessary. Sealing cracks and crevices both inside and outside of your home can prevent infestation of flea larvae.
Beneficial nematodes are living microscopic organisms that occur naturally in soil and are parasitic to fleas, feeding on their larvae. Best of all, these organisms are safe around pets, people, and plants, making them a safe and non-toxic alternative to pesticides. To use nematodes, simply mix them with water and apply using a watering can or hose. Since nematodes are sensitive to light, the best time to apply them is early morning or at dusk. Cedar chips are another natural tool for flea prevention, as their smell repels fleas. Scatter these chips where your pet typically sleeps or plays to keep fleas away.