Fleas in your yard can be a serious annoyance to you, your family, and your pets. Fortunately, there are many ways to rid your yard of these unwanted pests.
- Diatomaceous Earth – (usually abbreviated as “DE”) is a completely natural substance that works by dehydrating fleas. You can dust your entire yard periodically to kill fleas. DE is appealing because it is natural and contains no toxic chemicals. Just be sure to avoid you and your pets’ eyes.
- Beneficial Nematodes – beneficial nematodes are microscopic roundworms that are able to kill flea larvae by ejecting bacteria inside the pests. These nematodes can be applied to your yard using a sprayer or watering can. They are also natural and pose no threat to humans. Make sure that you get either Steinernema feltiae (warm climates) and Steinernema carpocapsae (cooler climates), as these are the two types that are most effective against fleas.
- Triazicide – is an insect killer that works against many types of insects including fleas. It can be purchased in a liquid form, or in granules for use in your yard and garden. It is considered safe around animals when the directions are followed carefully.
- Sevin Dust – like Triazicide, Sevin Dust is an insect killer that will many different types of insects. This means you may not want to treat a large area, as it will also kill insects that are beneficial.
Here are some do’s and don’t of DIY pest control.
NOTE: – many professionals recommend eucalyptus oil to deter fleas around and outside the house. While it is true that this oil deters fleas, it is also VERY TOXIC to cats. Please make sure anything you use to remove fleas does not contain eucalyptus oil.
Of course, if the problem requires a professional, you can always find a local exterminator. Many of them will also use the natural treatments listed above, but this is something you should verify in advance.