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Fleas Be Gone!

July 17, 2012

I love my pets but I don’t like the fleas and ticks that come along with them….

How can I keep fleas and ticks out of my yard without using harsh chemicals?

Spray microscopic nematodes in moist, shady areas outside your home.  Don’t forget your flower and vegetable gardens.  The worms will eat the flea larvae.

Fleas cannot stand the smell of eucalyptus leaves.  Cut the leaves up and place them in open jars around your home.  You can even fill up old socks with eucalyptus leaves and hang them around your yard.

Sprinkle food grade Diatomaceous Earth around the outside of the fence line to keep the fleas out.

Herbal repellents containing cedarwood, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass and thyme are safer to use than toxic repellents. Soak cotton balls in these oils and place them around your home and yard to prevent fleas from entering.

Avoid citrus, cinnamon, clove, geranium, tea tree, lavender, and pennyroyal.   They are dangerous to pets.

Potted rosemary, sage and garlic can definitely keep fleas at bay and make your home smell nice.

It is best to begin preparing for fleas and ticks in March or April.

Share your flea and tick comments with us!

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