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Fleas in your Yard

Getting rid of Fleas in your Yard

You can successfully get rid of fleas in your yard by using outdoor pesticides, insect growth regulators and with proper lawn maintenance. If you have lived through a flea infestation then you know how frustrating it can be. Once fleas infest your yard, it’s likely they will bite you and your family members, besides your pets. 

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If you suspect a flea infestation, it is recommended to get rid of fleas in your yard as quickly as possible. In this article, we have listed the different ways to get rid of a flea infestation in your yard or lawn. 

How to control Fleas in your Yard?

Most often, flea infestations are too small to be noticeable and may not require special preventive treatment. However, outdoor infestations are still a cause for concern. 

When using pest control methods, you only need to apply them in the shaded areas of your yard. The reason is that fleas love the cooler shady areas as they don’t like direct sun. In addition, your pets are likely to lie down and rest in shady areas and that’s how they pick up fleas. 

Here are the flea control methods you can try to get rid of fleas in your yard:

Outdoor Pesticides

Outdoor pesticides can be bought in liquid spray form, called “concentrate” or spreading granules. According to studies, liquid sprays are far more effective in controlling flea infestation as compared to granular pesticides. However, granule pesticide is easier to apply. Most of these products can be applied by attaching their container directly at the end of your garden hose for effectively spraying the infested areas of your lawn. 

Outdoor Pesticides

Make sure to follow the instructions of use written on the product label before using it. Else, the flea treatment may not be as effective. According to pest control and landscaping experts, such as Eden, it is best to reapply the pesticide at least 7 to 10 days after the initial treatment. This should be done even if you don’t find visible signs of flea infestation. This extra application works to kill any larvae or pupae that may have survived the first treatment. This is an excellent way to prevent a second wave of flea population to grow and infest in your yard.

Insect Growth Regulators (IGR)

Insect growth regulators, or IGRs for short, are not as effective as pesticides to remove existing flea infestation. However, they are extremely effective for preventing flea infestation in the long run. The reason is that IGRs halt growth of young fleas so they are unable to reach maturity and gain the ability to reproduce. This way, once the existing adult flea population dies off there is no risk of the next generation of fleas infesting your lawn. 

One of the benefits of using IGRs in place of pesticide is that the former does not contain chemicals that are harmful to you, or your pets. Low toxicity is one of the major reasons that homeowners often prefer to use IGRs as opposed to conventional pesticides. 

Even if you don’t see a flea infestation in your yard, experts at Eden recommend spraying IGRs at least once every year, specifically in the late spring to early summer duration. This is an effective way to prevent flea infestation in your yard. 

Proper Lawn Maintenance

Most homeowners are surprised when they discover that keeping your lawn clean and tidy is the best way to get rid of fleas and other similar pests. Insects tend to flourish in your yard if there is long grass and loads of debris to shelter them from predators and the sunlight. If your lawn is infested with fleas, then you can effectively get rid of them by regularly mowing and raking your lawn. This way you disturb the flea’s resting ground and do not let them settle down. 

Proper Lawn Maintenance

Here are some professional lawn care tips from experts to ensure you don’t have flea infestation in your yard:

  • Mow lawn once a week – This is advisable during the grass’ growing season.
  • Water your lawn – Water just enough so it doesn’t dry up, but try not to over-water. 
  • Remove dead leaves – Make sure to rake the lawn every 3 to 4 days to remove fallen leaves.
  • Clean plant debris – You should clean up dead twigs, branches and plant debris all year round.
  • Remove thatch – Make sure to remove thatch at least once a year from your lawn.

If this seems like too much effort, you can always hire professional lawn care companies, such as Eden to handle it for you. Proper lawn maintenance is an excellent and effective way to get rid of flea infestation from your yard. 

Flea Control for Pets

Fleas are extremely mobile. If you have a flea infestation in your yard, then it is inevitable that some of them may infest your home, usually by latching on to your pets when they frolic in the yard. This creates an indoor flea infestation which is even more frustrating than outdoor flea infestations. Besides this, some of these fleas will latch on to you or your pet and reach the yard, to begin the entire cycle once more. 

To effectively get rid of fleas, you shouldn’t stop at just maintaining your lawn. You need to treat your pets too. Pets offer an almost endless supply for blood and plenty of shelter in their fur for fleas. This is one of the reasons that flea infestation can grow quickly. In addition, fleas can torture pets with constant bites and irritation to no end. 

The first step in removing fleas from your pet is with a thorough bath. When you bathe your pet, it remove dead flea bodies stuck in their fur and also removes significant number of live fleas. After the bath, you will need to apply a topical flea treatment. These are completely safe for pets, as long as you follow the instruction of use printed on the label. These medicines help to kill adult fleas along with their larvae, pupae and eggs

Conclusion

The best ways to get rid of fleas in your yard is through using outdoor pesticides, using insect growth regulators (IGRs) and by properly maintaining your lawn. If you are not familiar with these processes, it is advisable to hire professional pest control experts, such as Eden for best results. 

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