An effective flea control program takes into consideration, possible wildlife problems, domestic animals that are a part of your household and those that are not. Regular lawn maintenance and yard sanitation aids in the control of fleas by limiting the habitat of stray animals seeking comfort. The use of prevention products in the landscape and protection products administered directly to household pets will also contribute to keeping your property flea free. Whether it’s outside in the yard or inside the home, preventing fleas involves denying these pests what they need most to survive; food, water and shelter.
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Yard sanitation is an important condition in the elimination and prevention of these insects. Outdoor infestation problems are from a lack of simple yard and lawn maintenance, the presence of flea infested wildlife, fleas on pets and often by stray animals.
Maintain yards and landscape plantings. Keep grass mowed, dense foliage pruned and vegetative litter raked and disposed of to reduce hiding places and areas conducive to insect harborage.
Practice water conservation and don’t over water. These pests need moisture to survive, so getting rid of damp, areas in the landscape goes a long way in their elimination. Fix leaks in irrigation systems, faucets, and hoses.
Let the Sun in. A sunny yard is not an ideal habitat as they cannot tolerate hot sun for long periods. Frequently mowing your lawn exposes the soil to sunshine, keeping it dry and inhospitable. You can also prune bushes and trim trees to open them up to the sun.
Use natural deterrents in landscaped areas. Given fleas’ aversion to the smell of cedar chips, try incorporating them decoratively so they have a permanent place in your yard. You will want to place the chips in those shady areas that fleas frequent, especially where your pets hangout, as well as under the porch, in dog runs and bedding, and near outdoor furniture. You can mow right over cedar chips, turning them into a fine powder that will still repel the fleas. Remember to frequently replenish the chips as they are most effective when fresh