How to Rid Your Yard of Fleas

Jan 01, 2011
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If you own a pet or know someone who does, you’ve probably had a run-in with fleas in the past. Fleas usually feed on animals, but you can find them living in your house, your clothes and even your lawn. If you think you might have a flea invasion, you should take immediate action. First, use a commercial flea comb to remove the bugs from you and your pet. Next, thoroughly clean your home and wash all linens. Then follow our Networx guide to yard flea treatment to ensure a clean and safe outdoor environment for you and your pets.

Diatomaceous Earth

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is an organic gardening product used to eliminate insect infestations. It comes in powder form and is made from fossilized microscopic shells whose sharp edges are lethal to bugs and parasites, but not harmful to humans or pets. You can purchase a bag of diatomaceous earth at your local gardening store for about 10 dollars, and then all you have to do is sprinkle a light coating around your entire yard. This should quickly and easily rid a yard of fleas, ticks and other small pests. (Note: Wear a breathing mask while you powder your garden to prevent dust inhalation.)

The Problem with Pesticides

Pesticides are an easy solution to kill fleas and any other pests hanging out in your yard, but the problem with pesticides is that they can be dangerous to your pets. Be sure to steer clear of any toxic yard flea treatment that contains combinations of organo-phosphate pesticide chemicals, such as Carbaryl, Malathion, or Lindane. If inhaled or eaten by your children or dogs, these pesticides can cause serious damage.

Alternative Pesticides

Environmentally friendly pesticides made of natural plants and minerals are a safe alternative to harsh chemicals. Pyrethrum extract made from chrysanthemum flowers is a good, natural pesticide that will work to rid a yard of fleas, while at the same timemaintaining a safe environment for owners and pets. You can also try spreading non-toxic Borax mineral powder on your lawn as both a yard flea treatment and a preventative measure against the buggers. Additionally, you should line the perimeter of your yard with cedar chips or eucalyptus leaves. Fleas can’t stand the smell of these pungent trees, so they will act as a barrier against fleas entering your yard from surrounding areas.

In general, keeping your yard clean and well maintained will help prevent bug infestations. Create a yard flea treatment program that works for you. Mow your lawn regularly and add fresh layers of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth and cedar chips as needed and watch as your yard is transformed into a flea-free zone. Good luck!

Author Sirena Rubinoff is a writer based in California. She specializes in budget decorating solutions. Ask Sirena how to decorate for less.

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