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How To Kill Fleas – Yard And Surrounds
Fleas, fleas, fleas! OMG what a pain in the butt these little pests can be. They bite your pets and drink their blood, and if your are not so lucky – they bite us humans too.
Flea bites cause not only annoying itching, but can also cause flea allergy dermatitis in pets, and anemia in small animals, when the infestation is severe.
And if that is not enough … On top of all that, fleas carry tapeworm. So any animal that has just a flea or two, will end up feeding tapeworms inside their belly as well.
Flea eggs can lay dormant for a year or more. They settle in carpeting, fabrics, dust, cracks and crevices and everywhere in your yard. This is one of the reasons that fleas can be so difficult to get rid of for good.
This page will help you to first understand fleas, which is a major part of dealing with them. And you will find lots of information on the best ways to get fleas out of your home, out of your yard and off your dogs and cats.
Only A Few Safe Flea Killing Methods Work
There are few effective ways of killing fleas in your yard safely and here are what we believe to be the best flea treatment for your yard and surrounds. First, a little introduction on what fleas are and how they survive.
If you have a flea invasion and the little monsters are eating your cat and dog alive, then the first thing you need to do is to learn all about fleas and their life cycle.
Because fleas have such a range of different forms in their life-cycle, it is necessary to really understand just what you are dealing with, before you start to stop the fleas invading your home and dining on you and your pets.
Because if you don’t know how fleas live and survive, then you may end up going round and round in a continuing circle of frustration.
So, What Are fleas
Of all the parasites likely to affect our cats and dogs, fleas would have to be the most common – worldwide. They are also the most problematic that there is, to get a handle on controlling. They can be incredibly hard to get rid of for good, since the female flea can lay thousands upon thousands of eggs in her lifetime.
Fleas (Siphonaptera) are an external parasite that lives of the blood of mammals and birds. They are wingless insects with mouth parts that are specially adapted for piercing the skin and sucking the blood of their host.
About the Cat Flea
The technical description from Wikipedia: The cat flea is a small, sucking, insect of the order Siphonoptera. Adults range from 1-2 mm long and are usually a reddish-brown colour, although this can vary.
The cat flea, and all other fleas, are compressed laterally, resulting in an extremely thin insect that can be quite hard to find in an animal’s coat.
The cat flea’s primary host is the domestic cat, but the cat flea is also the primary flea infesting dogs in most of the world. The cat flea can also maintain its life cycle on other carnivores and on omnivores. Humans can be bitten, though a long-term population of cat fleas cannot be sustained and infest people.
However, if the female flea is allowed to feed for twelve consecutive hours on a human, it can lay viable eggs.
About the Dog Flea:
The dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis) is a species of flea that lives primarily on the blood of dogs. The dog flea is troublesome because it can spread Dipylidium caninum. They are commonly found in Europe.
Although they feed on the blood of dogs and cats, they can also bite humans. They can live without food for several months, but females must have a blood meal before they can produce any eggs. They can deliver about 4000 eggs on the host’s fur. The eggs go through four lifecycle stages: embryo, larva, pupa, and imago (adult). This complete life cycle from egg to adult takes from two to three weeks, although this depends on the temperature. It may take longer in cool conditions
In the video below, you can have an interesting look into the flea life cycle, which as I mentioned previously is important to know about for the best control:
Wikipedia – Cat Flea
Wikipedia – Dog Flea
Now On To The Flea Treatment Methods For Out of Doors
Keeping Your Dog’s Environment Clean
Fleas, much like other insects tend to congregate in areas that are left unkempt. One important step to get rid of dog fleas is to keep your pals surroundings clean. Your dog’s surroundings might include his outside play area, his bed, couches, your bed, etc.
… more coming soon …