5 Easy Steps You Can Take to Deter Fleas from Your Yard
June 14, 2019
Do you know that fleas don't hop into your yard? They're carried in by wildlife. There are many ways this can happen, but today we're going to give you a specific example that will give you insight into how flea infestations can start. Then we will discuss five easy steps to keep fleas from getting into your yard.
When a tiny mouse comes into a yard, it can have dozens of fleas on it. As it explores, it will stop here and there in vegetation and in hiding spots. When this happens, flea eggs and flea dirt that is in its fur can fall to the ground. The eggs that are dropped hatch on their own and tiny flea larvae come out to feed on the flea dirt, which is the dried feces of adult fleas. Larvae can't get a blood meal, so they have to feed on the blood in flea dirt. Newly hatched fleas develop and eventually cocoon themselves. In their cocoons, they wait for a host. When another mouse, or any other appropriate host, comes by the fleas will spring onto them. These animals can all bring fleas into your home.
5 Easy Steps to Deter Fleas
- Protect your pets from fleas. While flea collars are certainly not the end-all for flea control, they are definitely a good first step. If they are appropriate for your pet and for your family, we recommend getting one for each of your pets. Consult your veterinarian about which is best.
- Keep your dog(s) contained. If you don't have a fenced-in outdoor play area, consider constructing one. This will reduce wildlife traffic in this sensitive location and prevent your dog(s) from exploring your yard and picking up fleas.
- Everything you do to control wildlife in your yard will help to reduce fleas. Check out some of our wildlife control blogs.
- Control moisture in your landscaping. Fleas need moisture to survive and develop. If you can keep it dry, you can reduce the number of fleas that make it to their adult stage.
- Invest in seasonal flea treatments around your home. There is no better way to reduce fleas and prevent flea infestations.
Fleas are irritating pests to deal with but they also present dangers to New Jersey residents and pets. In the summertime, flea populations grow. Take steps now to prevent unwanted exposure.
If you're in our New Jersey service area, we want you to know that Arrow Pest Control is an industry-leading pest control provider. Don't trust the health of your pets and your family to anything less than the best pest service.