You have discovered fleas on your dog and probably in your home. If you’ve discovered fleas on your dog and in your home then more than likely if your dog spends any time outside you have fleas in your yard as well. If you are not sure your yard has fleas observe the areas of the yard your dog hangs out in most. Then, carefully inspect those areas to see if you see anything jumping. The best way to find out if your yard has fleas since these guys are practically microscopic is to put on tall white socks and walk around those areas where your dog spends the most time. If there are fleas you will see them on the socks.
It is not possible to figure out which came first the chicken or the egg, meaning, were there fleas in the yard that jumped on your dog and your dog brought them inside, or did your dog catch fleas from somewhere else and deposited them in the home and outside as well. I hope you have plenty of energy because getting rid of fleas is not an easy task. It will take time, energy and patience.
Put on Your Rubber Gloves and Get to it
I want to stress that this may a be time-consuming project because I’ve read several reviews in which people said that the product just didn’t work. And after reading their story it was clear that they either didn’t read the label on the bag or they didn’t do the job completely meaning, they didn’t read enough to find out everything that the job would entail.
Time For Spring Cleaning said No Flea Ever!
Fleas thrive in warmer weather which is why most issues occur in the spring, summer, and fall. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that you will not have to deal with fleas at all in the winter. Fleas hide, breed and reproduce in dark crevasses and soft surfaces in your home. Flea larvae can lie dormant for up to a year until the conditions are right for it to hatch. Fleas are most active between the temperatures of 70-85 degrees F. Add to that the 70+ humidity and you have some happy fleas and a sad dog. So get to it. Time for some spring cleaning. Time to get rid of the debris and old furniture that may be hanging around in your yard. These things are great places for fleas to breed and hide out.
Let’s Look At It This Way
I want to give you a new perspective, a more complete picture regardless of the product you choose to use to combat fleas. Some products may work better than others however you need to give it time. The main issue with killing fleas is that after you vacuum your home after you spray your flea killer spray or sprinkle the powder, you may find a couple of weeks later that the fleas are back. What you need to understand about fleas is that if you don’t catch all of the eggs they will hatch and then they will grow into fleas, they will breed, produce more eggs and hatch. So if you don’t keep combating the problem consistently for maybe 3 to 4 months then you will find yourself with fleas again it might take less than three to four months depending on the severity of the infestation in your home. and this article I will be talking about how to rid your yard of fleas.
In a previous article, I wrote about How To Rid Your Home Of Fleas and if you need to know how to do that then click here. Stick with me and I will give you all the information you need to have your environment free from fleas.
What is Important to Know When De-fleaing Your Yard
Important steps to getting rid of fleas from your yard.
- Keep your grass cut low. Don’t give fleas any places to hide.
- Remove grass clippings, twigs, and brush from under bushes, trees, and plants. Fleas like damp dark places to hide. Also, remove any old furniture or woodpiles.
- There are a couple of products to choose from to kill the fleas in your yard that are safe for your dog and the environment.
Affectionately known to some as DE. This is a white powder that when sprinkled on your (short cut) grass will penetrate down and kill the fleas. This is a great product and works well, however, be very careful to read all the directions and use it properly. For more information about DE and how it works, the pros and cons and the warnings click here to read my Review of Diatomaceous Earth as an effective flea killer.
What are nematodes?
Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that kill pests and other insects. Not only will they not harm your pets, but they are available at most garden centers. What’s so cool (and creepy) about them is that they become a parasite to fleas. Nematodes are microscopic. Fleas are almost microscopic. Nematodes attach themselves to the flea and feed off of its nutrients. They also attack flea larvae.
These are living creatures so a few precautions will need to be taken to ensure that they survive to do their job.
The Whole Kit and Kaboodle
Once fleas have invaded your life you need to be thorough about getting rid of them. If it’s just a few then a bath and a good vacuuming will do. However, if you have an infestation then you need to pay attention to getting them off of your dog, out of your rugs and soft surfaces as well as out of your yard. Be prepared to kill, remove, repel and repeat. Treating an infestation could take several months. Remember, the eggs can lie dormant for some time until the conditions are right to hatch. Vacuuming doesn’t get all the eggs which is why you will need to repeat the process. Fleas are smart. Those eggs are attached very well to your carpet fibers.
If you want to know How To Rid Your Dog Of Fleas Without Pesticides or Chemicals click here.
In these three articles, I give you complete information on how to get rid of fleas in the specified area as well as my recommendations for natural products to get the job done.
How did your battle with the fleas in your yard go? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time…Woof!