Flea Infestation can start with one and end with thousands. It is important to treat fleas at the first sign before they get out of control. Fleas feed off the blood of cats, dogs, and humans. They are tiny, wingless, and either brown or reddish-brown. Although they are wingless, they have the ability to jump as high as 11 inches. This means fleas can easily jump from your lawn to your animals that go in and out of your home. Follow this guide to learn how to treat your lawn for fleas and avoid future flea infestation.
Why Fleas Are Bad for Your Lawn and Your Family
One female flea can lay up to 2,000 eggs throughout her 100 day lifetime. This makes the risk of infestation high if even one flea makes it into your home. Fleas usually lay their eggs into the fibers of your carpet or in the yard where your pets spend a lot of their time. Once the eggs hatch the larvae do not need a host to survive. They live on pre-digested blood from their mother. The larvae then go into a cocooned pupae stage that lasts for weeks or months. The flea will not emerge unless they sense a potential host through thermal energy. Since fleas don’t emerge until they are fully grown, their infestations can last for several months.
Fleas carry diseases like murine typhus, and can also spread tapeworms. Fleas can also be extremely irritating. They can lead to your pets being restless with consistent scratching. You can usually see fleas moving between your pet’s hairs, especially if their hair or fur is white.
Protect the Perimeter of Your Home
When you are working to stop a flea infestation you should treat both your home and yard. To protect the perimeter of your home, create a barrier that’s unfriendly to fleas. Clean up the clutter in your lawn, remove brush and leaf litter that makes a great place for fleas to hide and lay eggs. Next, spray a flea killer around the perimeter of your home to create a blockage when they try to jump inside.
Mow Your Lawn
Keeping your lawn well-manicured is essential to keeping fleas away. Grass and overgrown shrubs give fleas a great place to hide. Be cautious to cut your lawn to the right height for your grass type. Grass that is too short won’t make a good home for insects that prey on fleas such as spiders and ants.
Keep away Critters
As fun as it is to see wildlife right outside your window, it becomes less fun when you are dealing with a flea infestation. Those cute squirrels and bunnies could have fleas hitching a ride into your backyard. Try to keep a barrier around your lawn, avoid birdseed or deer pellets, and keep your trash in a secure trash can. If you have a garden, plant a border of flowers around it that will deter animals.
Use Cedar Mulch
Around those flowers you planted to keep wildlife out, put down cedar mulch. Cedar is a natural flea repellent. Cedar mulch comes in a variety of textures and colors. Its variety makes it perfect for any landscaping project.
Don’t Overwater Your Lawn
Fleas thrive in dark, damp places. Avoid over-seeding or fertilizing your lawn during a flea infestation. These services need more watering than usual. To prevent fleas, avoid overwatering, remove low branches and prune thick canopies to allow sunlight to reach your lawn.
The best time to detach your lawn depends on the growing season of your grass type. For warm-season grasses, detach in the late spring through early summer. For cool-season grasses, remove thatch in the early spring or early fall. Thatch gives fleas a great place to hide and lay their eggs on your lawn. As well as easy access to your pets that lay in the grass.
Treat Your Pets
One of the most important tips to getting rid of fleas is to treat all points of contact at the same time. Your home, your pets, and your lawn. Fleas jump between the inside and outside of your home. Using your pets and shoes as transportation. If you treat one and not the other, you will create a cycle of more work in the long run. When treating your pets for fleas, do research for safe treatments and always talk with your veterinarian first.
What if I need help?
Lawn Jox are the mosquito and lawn pest control experts in Memphis, TN and the surrounding area. When a flea or insect infestation becomes too overwhelming, we are here to help. We exterminate and prevent fleas, ticks, grubs, and more. We keep them out of your lawn so they never make it onto your pets or into your home. Contact us for your instant quote today!