Fleas in Lawns
Getting rid of fleas from inside your home and off your pets is not the end of the story when it comes to removing fleas. As long as fleas are on the outside of your home, in your lawn, there is a big chance that your free-roaming dog or cat would catch fleas all over again. It is therefore necessary to remove fleas from your yard and from your lawn furniture as well. We are talking about getting rid of these parasites from the entire premises, inside and out.
Fleas breed in humid, shady, and moist areas where there is debris that is more organic or where pets frequent. The flea larvae do not survive when flooded with water.
Therefore, the easiest way to get rid of fleas from your lawn is to flood the entire lawn periodically to kill the parasites. The water also washes off the feces of adult fleas on which the larvae survive. In the rainy season, nature takes care of the problem. During a dry season, we have to cut the grass, remove weeds and debris from the lawn, and flood it periodically to prevent fleas from breeding as well as to kill the fleas.
The doghouse would need thorough disinfecting just like the inside of the house. Spraying with non-toxic flea remover should be carried out regularly. If strong insecticides are used the dog may not be allowed to use the doghouse for a few days until the effect of the insecticides has faded. Not only do you need to disinfect the doghouse, but also any outdoor furniture. Fleas can and will jump on soft furniture and leave behind larvae that need to be killed.
If the flea problem is still persistent then the use of beneficial nematodes is advisable. The nematodes feed on flea larvae but are harmless to humans. They are used as sprays and cause no damage to trees and plants.
The use of pesticides should be considered but keep in mind that the pesticide used should be environmentally friendly. Using a pesticide over the entire yard or lawn is unnecessary and expensive. Fleas are found normally in areas where animals frequent, around the doghouse, under the porch, garage, patios, and of course your lawn furniture. So using insecticides in these areas is all you should need. However, it might be necessary to use an insecticide over the entire back yard if you leave your pet outdoors in a fenced-in area. If your pet is free to roam in a certain area, this area can have fleas.
The insecticide should be applied to the areas every 2-3 weeks during the dry season to remove fleas completely. Be careful to cover your self completely to prevent any fleas from jumping onto your body. Wear protective gear that covers completely up to your waist. Be careful when dealing with insecticides. They may be toxic and keep them away from children. If you would prefer, you can always hire a pesticide professional. They know the exact areas in which fleas love to live and will know how often to use the pesticide to rid your lawn of these annoying fleas.