With Spring and Summer, everyone is outside enjoying the fresh air and the bright sun. It’s so peaceful and fun until uninvited visitors start infiltrating the yard and possibly your home. You notice the dog or the cat start itching a little more, or what you thought was a freckle begins moving around. Fleas and ticks have no real purpose on this Earth except to spread diseases and be annoying. If they are infesting your yard, your family and pets are a risk.
How do you get rid of fleas?
Fleas can get out of control fast if they are left untreated. It’s not a once and done treatment, but once you finally get rid of them, it will be easy to keep them away. Here’s what you need to do:
- Keep the grass mowed. Long grass is a haven for fleas because it’s easy for them to hide from predators. Spiders and ants find fleas delicious, but they don’t like tall grass. Keeping your lawn less than two inches will invite in ants and spiders who will help get rid of the flea population.
- Remove any unneeded brush, plants, leaves, and trash from the edges of your yard. This will prevent fleas from hiding in the taller plants and keep them from laying eggs.
- Note: This doesn’t mean you can’t have a landscape, however. Discuss with your landscaper what that best options are for keeping fleas at bay.
- Be careful not to overwater your grass or plants. Excessive moisture will attract fleas to your yard.
- Let the sunshine on the grass and through the plants. Fleas love the darkness, which means you have to make it as bright as possible. The sunlight will also help soak up any extra moisture the grass or plants may have.
- Treat the lawn with flea specific sprays to get rid of the current fleas, but prevent new ones from moving in. Make sure it’s pet friendly to keep your furry family members safe.
How can ticks cause issues?
It could be argued that ticks are much more dangerous than fleas. Ticks can spread diseases similar to fleas. The most common is Lyme disease, but it can also transfer Rocky Moutain spotted fever, and several other ailments. Most ticks won’t transmit the diseases, but it’s still too much of a risk.
How do you get rid of ticks?
Ticks and fleas are very similar pests, which means getting rid of them is similar. Ticks are more wood-based insects because they get more from wild animals.
- Don’t kill off their predators. Honeybees, ladybugs, and mantises enjoy a tasty tick meal. None of these insects are harmful to humans because we are way too big for them to bother.
- Get rid of any tall grass, unwanted brush, and leaf litter to prevent ticks from making their homes. Keep the grass mowed short as well.
- To restrict any tick migration, add a three-foot barrier of gravel or wood chips between the lawn and the woods. This will help prevent any ticks from getting into your grass.
- If you have wood for fires, keep it neatly stacked up and as dry as possible. This will not only help deter ticks but other rodents as well.
- Keep structures such as playground equipment, decks, patios, and more away from the wood areas and in a sunny location. Ticks prefer darkness similar to fleas.
- Don’t leave trash or old furniture out in the yard where ticks can make a new home.
We understand all too well how aggravating fleas and ticks are for you and your family. You don’t have to do it alone! Give us a call today to get rid of your uninvited guests!