Eliminate Fleas from Your Yard Naturally

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This summer, I have been battling fleas attacking my two favorite puppies, Madison and Bella, and it has been a challenge to eliminate them. If you are familiar with getting rid of fleas, you know that if you do not eradicate them from your pet’s outdoor environment, they will reattach to your pet after you have removed them.

Eco-Friendly Ways to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Garden

Avoid overwatering your lawn. If your dog spends a lot of time outside, fleas will be present. Do not overwater your lawn as fleas thrive in dark and moist areas. Eliminating standing water in your lawn is also good for the environment as overwatering is a huge waste of water.

Use nematodes. One of my favorite eco-friendly flea-fighting tools is nematodes, which help to eliminate fleas from your yard. Using poisons in your yard is harmful to you and your pets. Instead, try nematodes, tiny worms that naturally feed on fleas. Beneficial Nematodes also kill other undesirable pests in your yard. Steinernema carpocapsae nematodes are microscopic non-segmented worms that attack fleas, cutworms, sod webworms, and termites. Steinernema carpocapsae is ideal for cooler climates, while Steinernema feltiae is better for warmer climates. Mix the Grub-Away Nematodes package (available at any garden supply store) with water and spot spray on grub-damaged areas, at a rate of 10 million nematodes per 600 square feet. The instructions will guide you on how much you should use.

Try cedar chips. Use cedar chips for outdoor protection. Fleas avoid cedar chips because they dislike the smell. Get two large 0.5 cubic ft bags of cedar chips from the garden store and sprinkle them in areas where your dogs will be. If you mow, do it before the first mowing, so the chips are cut into a finer powder that works well.

Focus on areas where your pet hangs out. If you have a large yard, for flea control purposes, focus on the area where your pet spends time. Cleaning up the front yard is good, but it will not affect fleas if your dog spends most of their time in the back. Concentrate on the area your pet frequently visits, and apply treatments there.

Sprinkle Borax soap outside the door. If fleas are coming inside or just outside your door, sprinkle a little ‘ Twenty Mule Team Borax Soap on the grass and lawn in that area. Be cautious and ensure that the soap does not irritate your pet’s paws. Some people love this treatment, while others say it irritates their pets. The key is to keep experimenting.

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1. What are fleas?

Fleas are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. They are known for their ability to reproduce quickly and infest both pets and homes.

2. How do I know if my yard has fleas?

If your pets are scratching excessively and you notice small, reddish-brown insects jumping around, it’s likely that your yard has fleas. You may also notice small, black droppings on your pet’s fur or bedding.

3. How can I get rid of fleas organically?

There are several organic methods for getting rid of fleas in your yard. These include using nematodes, diatomaceous earth, and essential oils like lavender and cedarwood.

4. What are nematodes?

Nematodes are microscopic worms that feed on flea larvae in the soil. They are a natural and effective way to control flea populations in your yard.

5. How do I apply nematodes to my yard?

You can purchase nematodes online or at a garden center. Follow the instructions on the packaging for application, but typically you’ll need to mix the nematodes with water and spray them onto your yard using a hose-end sprayer.

6. What is diatomaceous earth?

Diatomaceous earth is a fine powder made from the fossilized remains of diatoms. When sprinkled on your yard, it dehydrates and kills flea larvae and adults.

7. How do I apply diatomaceous earth to my yard?

You can sprinkle diatomaceous earth by hand or using a spreader. Be sure to wear a mask to avoid inhaling the powder, and apply it on a dry day for best results.

8. Can essential oils repel fleas?

Yes, essential oils like lavender and cedarwood can repel fleas. You can make a natural flea repellent by mixing a few drops of essential oil with water in a spray bottle and spraying it on your pet’s fur and bedding.

9. How often should I treat my yard for fleas?

It’s recommended that you treat your yard for fleas every 2-3 weeks during flea season. This will help prevent re-infestation and keep your yard flea-free.

10. Can I use chemical pesticides to get rid of fleas?

While chemical pesticides can be effective in getting rid of fleas, they are also harmful to the environment and can be toxic to pets and humans. It’s best to use organic methods for flea control whenever possible.

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