Treating Fleas Outside Your Home

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Filed in Dogs, Fleas and Ticks

Even if you've treated both your dog and the inside of your house for fleas, you have a little more work to do. Unless you plan on keeping your dog indoors 24 hours a day, you're going to have to treat your yard for fleas.

Tracking Down Fleas Outside

Treating an entire yard for fleas may sound like a big job, but it's actually easier than it sounds. Fleas tend to like cold dark places. They love things like shrubbery, shaded areas, and ivy, so for most yards the perimeter is what you should focus on.

Like termites, fleas will tend to "run" away from the areas you spray. Begin spraying areas close to your home, and move outward toward your property line. This will drive the fleas away from your home.

"What Should I Spray the Perimeter With?"

This is a frequently asked question, because many people are worried about potential harmful side effects of pesticides. If you wish to steer clear of these chemicals, consider using a spray that features insect growth regulators (IGR). Although IGRs don't kill the fleas that are already there, they do stop flea eggs from developing, thus breaking their cycle.

However, if you wish to destroy both the fleas and their eggs, there are many sprays which are up to the task. It should also be noted that after a while fleas can build up a resistance to many pesticides, so you should try to make some kind of an effort to rotate between pesticides and IGRs.

"How Often Should I Spray?"

In general, you should spray every two weeks. However, if you're using an IGR you might only have to do a couple of treatments. Be sure to read the directions carefully.

Finally, you may also be wondering which is better - IGRs or pesticides? The only real downside to IGRs is that they are more expensive and they don't cover as much ground. Despite the extra cost, many dog owners prefer IGRs because they last longer than most pesticides. Again, read the label for more information.

Remember, when you treat the outside of your house for fleas, you should also treat both your dog and the inside of your house as well. If you don't, you might have to repeat this procedure a little more frequently than you'd like.

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