Getting rid of fleas from inside your home and off your pets is not the
end of the story when it comes to removing fleas. As long as fleas are on
the outside of your home, in your lawn, there is a big chance that your
free roaming dog or cat would catch fleas all over again. It is
therefore necessary to remove fleas from your yard and from your lawn
furniture as well. We are talking about getting rid off these parasites from
the entire premises, inside and out.
Fleas breed in humid, shady and moist areas where there is debris that
is more organic or where pets frequent. The flea larvae do not survive
when flooded with water.
Therefore, the easiest way to get rid of fleas
from your lawn is to flood the entire lawn periodically to kill the
parasites. The water also washes off the feces of adult fleas on which the
larvae survive. In the rainy season, nature takes care of the problem.
During a dry season, we have to cut the grass, remove weeds and
debris from the lawn and flood it periodically to prevent fleas from
breeding as well as to kill the fleas.
The doghouse would need thorough disinfecting just like the inside of
the house. Spraying with non-toxic flea remover should be carried out
regularly. If strong insecticides are used the dog may not be allowed to
use the doghouse for a few days until the effect of the insecticides
has faded. Not only do you need to disinfect the doghouse, but also any
outdoor furniture. Fleas can and will jump on soft furniture and leave
behind larvae that need to be killed.
If the flea problem is still persistent then the use of beneficial
nematodes is advisable. The nematodes feed on flea larvae but are harmless
to humans. They are used as sprays and cause no damage to trees and
The use of pesticides should be considered but keep in mind that the
pesticide used should be environmental friendly. Using a pesticide over
the entire yard or lawn is unnecessary and expensive. Fleas are found
normally in areas where animals frequent, around the doghouse, under the
porch, garage, patios and of course your lawn furniture. So using
insecticides in these areas is all you should need. However, it might be
necessary to use an insecticide over the entire back yard if you leave
your pet outdoors in a fenced in area. If your pet is free to roam in a
certain area, this area can have fleas.
Insecticide should be applied to the areas every 2-3 weeks during the
dry season to remove fleas completely. Be careful to cover your self
completely to prevent any fleas from jumping onto your body. Wear
protective gear that covers completely up to your waist. Be careful when
dealing with insecticides. They may be toxic and keep them away from
children. If you would prefer, you can always hire a pesticide professional.
They know the exact areas in which fleas love to live and will know how
often to use the pesticide to rid your lawn of these annoying fleas.