Where Do Fleas Live Outside


When it comes to winning a battle against fleas, you must treat your pet, home and most importantly the yard. The truth is that as long as fleas are living in your yard, there is a good chance that your animals may become constantly plagued by fleas. Therefore, when you are trying to prevent or rid fleas, you must begin with your yard and outside furniture. In other words, you want to get rid of the parasites both inside and out!

When it comes to outdoor areas, fleas thrive in many climates. Fleas prefer an area that is shady, moist and humid where pets or other organic material can be found. The one thing to keep in mind where your lawn is concerned is that flea larvae cannot survive if they are flooded with water. Thus, an easy way to get rid of fleas from your yard is to flood the grass occasionally. Doing this will not only help cut down on the flea population, but it will also rinse the adult fleas clean of feces that the larvae feed on.

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Yet, when it comes to finding the flea population in your yard, you will want to look around weeds, tall grass, debris, wood piles or other dark and damp places where they would love to breed. In addition, if you keep a doghouse outdoors, be sure to treat the area surrounding it well as they would frequent this area if the dog does.

In the end, the most important thing to remember when it comes to treating the outside of your home for fleas is that they will be in the places your pet visits most. For example, near the doghouse, garage, patio, under the porch and don't forget your lawn furniture. When applying insecticides, make sure to only use them in areas they are needed. In other words, if there is an area of your yard where no one goes, don't worry about treating it; this will not only save you money, but it will make the chemicals easier on the environment. One last thing to keep in mind is that if possible, treat all three of the important places (home, pet and yard) on the same day - this will give you complete peace of mind that you won't ever have to deal with pesky fleas!

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