One of the best ways to keep fleas and ticks away is to treat the areas where your pets go on a regular basis. Lawn care and pest removal companies offer some of the best pet safe pesticides that will help keep the flea and tick population in your yard very low. Products that you can spread or spray yourself vary widely, and can be found at any lawn and garden outlet. Be sure to read and follow all the warnings and instructions before using them and wear safety gear such as a dust mask and eye protection. Ensure your product is pet safe before application.
There are also many more natural ways to prevent fleas or ticks from making a home of your lawn.
Cedar chips make a lovely mulch for your gardens and also repel fleas. Place the chips along the boarders of your yard to prevent fleas from neighboring properties from entering your pets space. You can even mow over them to break them up into a flea repelling dust. Many dog beds are made with cedar chips inside that will also repel fleas, but ensure your dog is not allergic to cedar oil before using it.
Nematodes are a natural, non-toxic defense against fleas. They are harmless to humans, pets and plants. They feed on flea larvae and also protect against termites and certain grubs. Nematodes come in spray form and should be applied to shady areas in your yard.
Planting pennyroyal will often repel fleas as well, but be cautious, as pennyroyal is toxic to cats and not recommended around pregnant animals.
Diatomaceous earth also works well at killing fleas already present in your yard. Be sure to use only food grade DE and wear a dust mask to prevent inhaling the fine dust. Simply sprinkle in the areas of the yard that are infested with fleas. Make sure to use it when you can expect several consecutive days of dry weather as DE only works when in its dry form It will need to be reapplied after rain as it tends to wash away.
How to keep fleas and ticks out of your house
Remember that fleas and ticks can be brought into your house by humans, pets, wildlife and objects that have come into contact with fleas or ticks.
Rats or mice can very easily become a vector for fleas or ticks, and will often carry diseases that can be transferred to you or your pets though contamination or flea bites. If you have a problem with vermin, consider an elimination plan with a pest removal company. Be very careful of using poisoned bait, as most pets will find it just as appetizing as the pests will. A pet ingesting poisoned bait is a medial emergency and the pet MUST be treated by a vet IMMEDIATELY. If you’d like help choosing a veternarian click here.
Sanitation is keep in keeping fleas out of your house. Fleas need dust and dirt as a keep part of their reproduction strategy. Keeping carpets clean by frequent vacuuming is vital. Be sure to vacuum under furniture and in the areas where you pets sleep and play frequently.
The use of a flea control product on your carpet such as Flea Stoppers will prevent the flea lifecycle from continuing, thereby preventing infestations before they start. Furniture and hard flooring can be treated with Nylar, or Precor.