If you’re a pet owner who welcomes your dog or cat in the house, you’ve probably experienced issues with fleas. After dealing with the problem indoors, it’s important to remember that the flea infestation originated outside. If you don’t treat the problem outside your home, you’re likely to experience a re-infestation. Don’t waste all the hard work ridding your home and pet of fleas only to have it undone due to a problem in your yard.
When your animals become re-infested, they’ll bring the fleas back indoors where they’ll attack again. Not only do flea bites cause itchy, swollen bumps but they can also transmit diseases and bacteria. Treating your home, both indoors and out, is essential to keeping the flea problem in Dallas under control.
After you’ve treated your home inside, here are some tips for keeping them away from your yard too:
1. Disinfect Doghouse and Patio Furniture
The ground and low-lying areas are the first places most people treat, but don’t forget areas that require extra care and attention. Fleas are small and can hide anywhere. They’re likely to be present anywhere your dog spends a lot of time, including on your patio or in his doghouse.
2. Don’t Overwater
Fleas breed in areas that are shady, moist and humid. Overwatering can result in pockets of moisture in your yard, optimum areas for fleas to reproduce.
3. Flood Your Yard Periodically
While it’s important not to overwater on a regular basis, fleas can’t swim and can be killed with flooding. Occasionally, trim your grass and then flood your yard to rid the grass of fleas and eggs, as well as washing animal fecal residue away.
Small worms that eat fleas and other harmful bugs can reside unobtrusively in your lawn. They feed on fleas and can keep your flea infestation at bay. They’re available at garden supply stores, along with instructions on how densely they need to be populated to be effective in controlling fleas.
5. Cedar Chips & Borax
Keep areas surrounding shrubs and flower beds dry and clean by lining them with cedar chips. The smell of the cedar chips is offensive to fleas and will repel them. If you want to provide a double barrier, sprinkle a small amount of Borax outside the entrances to your home. Be sure your pets don’t walk in it, as it can cause irritation to their paws.
By maintaining proactive flea control, you can make sure your flea infestation doesn’t return. The most rapid and effective flea control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Contact a Pest Management, Inc. expert to discuss extermination options.