By: Jackie Carroll
Keeping your yard and garden flea free sometimes seems like Mission Impossible. If nothing seems to work for you, take a few minutes to understand what makes these fierce little pests tick. This article focuses on flea control for gardens.
Lawn and Garden Flea Control
Once fleas find their way into your home, you’ll never completely get rid of them until you learn how to manage fleas in the yard. Every time you and your furry friends step into a flea infested areas outdoors, fleas hitch a ride indoors on your clothing and your pet’s fur. Once you learn how to manage fleas in the yard, taking control of the problem in your home won’t seem like such a challenge.
Flea treatment is more effective if you first take the time to prepare the area. Fleas like to take refuge among clutter and debris, so clean up problem areas when controlling fleas outdoors. Pull weeds and mow the lawn to remove more hiding places. Rake up and discard or compost hay, straw and shredded leaf mulches and replace them with cedar chips. Fleas hate cedar, and you’ll love your garden’s new look. Now it’s time to get down to business.
You don’t have to spray with poisons to get rid of fleas. There are a couple of methods of natural flea control for lawns and gardens that are just as effective as toxic sprays. One of these is nematodes. These nematodes are specific to killing fleas and other outdoor pests, and they won’t harm your plants or pets. Beneficial nematodes are available as a spray that you apply in shady areas, around the foundation of your house, in planted areas and around doghouses and out buildings. The nematodes won’t survive in the sun, but you won’t find fleas in sunny areas either.
Flooding the lawn is another nontoxic method of lawn and garden flea control. Flea larvae and eggs can’t survive in water, so flooding the area breaks their life cycle. If you have a large garden, try only treating the problem areas.
If you decide that chemical insecticides are best for your situation, read the label and follow the instructions carefully. Pay particular attention to instructions about mixing, storing, and disposing of unused product. Don’t ignore advice about protective clothing. Keep pets and children out of the area for the specified period of time, and make sure none of their toys are exposed to the chemicals.
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