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Pet-Safe Flea Control for Your Yard THAT WORKS!

When it comes to fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, it seems like there is little that can be done to protect families and pets from these tiny intruders.

Wanna know a secret? 

The first line of defense to protect your pet and home is treating your yard.  Seem too good to be true?  It really is that easy!

NATURAL PROTECTION

When you think of “treating” your yard for insects, harsh chemical sprays are probably the first thing to come to mind.  What good is protecting your pet from insects, just to harm them with the chemicals used to kill the insects?  No good at all, we say!

That’s why all of our recommendations are natural and safe to use around our pets, which means these methods are safe for other wildlife, too.

  • CLEAN UP!

    The first step to protecting your yard is to eliminate insect hot spots such as wood, leaf and compost piles, cut any high grass or overgrown shrubbery and trees, and remove any stagnant water sources where mosquitoes will lay eggs.

  • DIATOMACEOUS EARTH

    Made from the fossils of diatoms, a naturally occurring hard-shelled algae, D.E or earth, works to shred insects as they come in contact with it. The microscopic diatoms are like tiny shards of glass that cut into the exoskeleton of insects, slicing them to pieces as they walk through the powder.  Sprinkle this as a barrier around your house, outbuildings and perimeter to keep your yard free of pests.

  • FLOWER POWER!

    Well, sort of.  Essential oils smell wonderful to us, but are absolutely repulsive to insects.  Oils such as lemongrass, geranium, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, neem or catnip all work to repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and more.  You can add these oils to make an apple cider vinegar insect repelling spritz to use on you, your family and pets.  Using essential oils in tandem with diatomaceous earth is said to keep away rodents such as moles, voles, mice, and chipmunks.
    REMEMBER to always test essential oils around your pet before applying them in any form and watch for any signs of discomfort from your dog.  Essential oils should NEVER be used on or around cats!

  • CEDAR OIL

    Insects, spiders, snakes, and other pests despise the scent of cedar. Use the concentrated power of cedar oil and send them packing immediately!  CedarCide has a large line of products with rave reviews of the amazing results on Amazon and other sites.  They even have an entire line of pet-safe products for tick and flea repellents!

  • TINY ASSASSINS!

    Sometimes the biggest punch comes from the littlest of creatures.  Nematodes are microscopic worms (safe to us and our pets) that love to eat flea and tick larvae!  You can purchase them at your local gardening store and apply to the soil of your yard.  The nematodes go to work eating the eggs and larvae of pests such as flea, ticks, grubs, weevils, and others to naturally control the population in your yard.

  • GROW YOUR OWN DEFENSES

    Use plants as the first line of defense in your yard. Surrounding your patio, deck, porch and other outdoor gathering areas with insect-repelling plants can keep pests to a minimum.  Plants such as lemongrass, peppermint, and lavender make for great table top plants because of their wonderful aroma.  These plants smell intoxicating to us but are some of nature’s strongest repellents to insects.  Fill flower beds with petunias, geraniums and marigolds to not only deter insects but rodents, too.  Marigolds are often used to line the perimeter of gardens to keep rabbits away.

With recent scares in the news about chemicals and their uses around our pets, there is little harm in experimenting with more natural options to protect our homes, families, and furry friends.  Do you have any experience with these or other natural pest control?  We’d love to hear about it!