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Outdoor flea control

Outdoor Prevention means securing the perimeter – your yard

Though inside is where you really want your house to be flealess, outside is where you’ll find your first line of defense. Fleas love grass, which is where most dogs pick them up from in the first place! There are outdoor flea remedies that can be applied to grass by sprinkling the power or with a hose sprayer for yards and gardens.

Beneficial nematodes are another way to control fleas in the yard. These are flea parasites which Mother Nature provides as a balancing mechanism. They are tiny little bugs that prey on both adult fleas and larvae. They can be applied with a hose sprayer on a yard, or with a watering can on a garden. Some garden centers and nurseries carry them or can order them for you, as well as some of the "natural" pet stores.

In addition, flea larvae need to be in a humid environment and out of direct sunlight. Trimming lawns and weeds may help create an undesirable environment for flea larvae since there’s less shade to hide and grow in. Larvae live under organic debris such as grass, branches, leaves, or soil. They live for 5 to 11 days before becoming a pupa.
Because the larvae don’t like light – rake up any leaves, sand or gravel, and keep the grass cut. Watering can help drown the larvae as well. A majority of the fleas and larvae will be within 50 feet of your dog’s favorite resting spot, so focus on those areas.

Moisture is essential for their survival of these immature stages of the flea because larvae are killed by drying and that’s why they thrive in humid climates. Outdoor larval development occurs only where the ground is shaded and moist and where flea-infested pets spend a significant amount of time. This allows flea feces to be deposited in the environment.

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