Flea infestations are miserable to deal with. They can take a lot of energy and money to solve. On top of this, fleas are a serious concern for Tennessee homeowners because they can spread many diseases to dogs and cats, and also to humans. And pet owners are at greater risk for flea-borne diseases such as Murine typhi, tularemia, tungiasis, flea allergy dermatitis, bubonic plague and more. Here are some tips to help you prevent fleas from getting on your pets.
These are the frontline defense in the war on fleas. When fleas hop onto your pets, they often work their way up to the ears. When they do, they have to pass under or over the collar. This exposes them to a flea-killing insecticide. But collars are not without their drawbacks. Some pets can be allergic to flea collars or be irritated by them. Collars can also have ingredients such as propoxur, which can be toxic to people. Consult your veterinarian to get the right collar.
Fleas don't hop into your yard. They ride into your yard on furry animals. Everything you do to prevent wildlife traffic in your yard will have an impact on how many fleas you and your pets are exposed to.
- Keep exterior trash in sealed receptacles and routinely clean your receptacles to reduce the smells that attract animals.
- Clean up after cooking in the backyard. Animals are drawn in by the smell of sweets and meats.
- If you have a garden or some other food source, protect it by installing fencing. Make sure to put the fence at least 1 foot under the ground to prevent animals from burrowing under.
- Many animals will be drawn to your yard if you have lawn clutter. Small animals like mice and rats hide in and under many objects that can be found in a backyard. Keep your lawn clear of clutter to reduce animal traffic.
- The more your yard feels like nature the happier animals will be. Trim your grass and prevent overgrowth to resist animals.
- Fences around your property will keep larger animals out. If you live in an urban area and you have an issue with deer traffic, fences can have a big impact on flea populations.
- If your yard has puddles, animals will come in to have a drink. It is important to alter conditions that allow rainwater to collect.
Fleas require 50% or higher relative humidity to live. If you keep your property dry, you can make it much harder for fleas to live in your landscaping. This will reduce exposure for your pets and ultimately for you as well.
- Put spacing between plants in your landscaping to allow the air to easily flow through and dry the topsoil after watering your plants.
- Trim tree branches to allow sunlight into areas of vegetation that get a lot of shade
- Avoid using sprinklers if you can. This will reduce oversaturation of the soil, which can lead to puddles.
- Inspect your gutter system to make sure it is free of obstructions and allowing the rainwater to channel down and away from your home.
Flea Protection for Dog Owners
If you have a dog that goes in and out of your home, and you have not yet invested in constructing an outdoor play area, we strongly recommend it. When you keep your dog fenced in, you prevent wildlife from introducing fleas and ticks to this area. You also prevent your dog from exploring the vegetation on your property where cocooned fleas can be waiting to break free and spring on them.
The best way to keep fleas away from your pets is to invest in flea and tick yard service. With routine applications of a residual control product, those fleas are going to have a very hard time staying alive in your landscaping and other key places they can hide.
At Russell's Pest Control, we offer Flea & Tick Yard Service with our Power Plus + and Power Platinum residential pest control plans. Reach to us today and schedule a free home pest control evaluation. We'll help you figure out what you're up against and give you options to fit your specific needs and budget.
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