We only have 2 dogs outside, but we have more fleas than a kennel. We have tried all kinds of pesticides to treat the yard and the house; we’re still infested. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. fair2mid

    fishbone is right. We used Sevin on the perimeter of our yard, and then use cedar chips in the dog kennel and our flea problem evaporated. You need to treat the house too. Also as preventative maintenance use Advantage or one of those systemic dog flea treatments–they’re good for a month.

  2. kernel_s

    This is what I do. Get yourself a hose end sprayer. You will find at any place that sells lawn and garden supplies. Get a bottle of malathion. Fill up the sprayer per instructions. Spray everything. Spray down your property. Presto. No more fleas.

  3. onparadi

    1. Keep your dogs inside for a few days and treat them for fleas.
    2. Invite all the other dogs in the neighborhood over for lunch.
    3. Place bowls of food in various spots all over the lawn.
    When the other dogs come to eat the fleas will jump on them. Then, after they depart, your yard will be flea-free.

  4. ANGEL

    Diatomacious Earth (DE) is an effective flea & insect control that can be spread on your lawn and around pet bedding areas. Here’s sites about using Horticultural Grade DE :http://www.geocities.com/KelliAnn293/dia…http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load…
    Peppermint and Eucalyptus & many plants & herbs are a natural flea control & makes an excellent non-toxic shampoo. Lemon juice made into a spray and used across the door sill can deter many a flea from entering. Keep grass cut, trim bushes and dispose of dead shrubbery and debris.http://www.awarenessmag.com/julaug8/JA8_…
    Flea repellents:
    Oils of cedarwood, peppermint, erigeron, sweet
    orange,sassafras,spearmint, eucalyptus,
    wintergreen.
    Cedar chips can be used for paths & mulch.
    Plants: basil, camomile, costmary, cowslip, daisies, fennel, garlic, germander, hops, marjoram, meadowsweet, mint, pennyroyal, pine, rose, rosemary, sage, southernwood, sweet flag, sweet woodruff, tansy, thuja, thyme, sweet violet, winter savory.http://www.henriettesherbal.com/archives…
    Biologic control using the beneficial nematode Steinernema carpocapsa is based on the fact that these nematodes parasitise the flea (and other insects) larvae and result in their destruction. The nematodes are applied as a spray to the ground. Application of the nematodes must be periodically repeated & is best suited for situations where the pet spends a high percentage of time outdoors & it’s applied to shaded areas & would only be one part of a larger flea control program. This site has a lot more info on other flea controls (how to make a natural flea powder & shampoo):http://lowchensaustralia.com/pests/bites…
    Good luck! Hope this helps.
    P.S.(Pennyroyal kills fleas, but be careful. Pennyroyal, Rue & Wormwood & some UNDILUTED essential oils may be too risky to use directly on pets & some pets have an adverse reaction even to Rosemary.)
    ORANGE, GRAPEFRUIT, LEMON & LIME OILS – derived from the peels of these citrus fruits, contain d-Limonene, which is lethal to fleas is safe for dogs.

  5. Joanne A. W

    Our two neighbors have dogs, but our yard gets the fleas too.
    We use Scotts Lawn Pro Step 3 Insect Control With Fertilizer. Be sure to read the directions before buying. You can buy it locally.http://www.scotts.com/index.cfm/event/Pr…
    What It Controls:
    Controls ants, armyworms, bermudagrass mites, billbugs, chiggers, chinch bugs, clover mites, crickets, cutworms, earwigs, fleas, flea beetles (in dichondra), leafhoppers, mole crickets, sod webworms (lawn moth larvae), vegetable weevil (in dichondra)
    Cautions
    Do not treat only brown areas of the lawn. To prevent further damage, treat the entire lawn.
    Do not use on fruit or vegetable plantings. Do not allow traffic on lawn until it has dried.”

  6. Give Blood

    One always has to remember that when you treat the areas where there are fleas that they have left lots of eggs behind. You probably will have to treat those areas every 10 days for awhile until they are all gone.

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