Pests in Gardens and Landscapes: Quick Tips
Fleas are annoying to people and pets, especially during spring and early summer when their numbers tend to increase dramatically. The common flea in California is the cat flea. Despite its name, this flea attacks both dogs and cats and will also bite humans. To keep fleas out of your home, control fleas on your pet and regularly clean pet sleeping areas.
On the pet:
A number of very effective and safe products for flea control on the pet are available. You must supplement pet treatments with regular cleaning of your home and periodic combing with a pet flea comb to detect new infestations.
In the yard:
Outdoor treatments are occasionally needed. If your pet regularly sleeps outside and flea numbers are high, these areas can be treated with a spray containing pyriproxyfen. If possible, open sleeping areas to sunlight by removing low hanging vegetation. Immature fleas are unlikely to survive in areas with exposure to sunlight.
Some wild animals can lead to outdoor flea problems as well, including feral cats, opossums, squirrels, and coyotes, so measures to limit their presence are important.
Inside the home:
Whether or not you are aware of fleas in your home, regularly vacuum and launder areas where your pet rests . If you have a major flea problem, treat your pet with one of the options above and follow the steps below.
Minimize the use of pesticides that pollute our waterways. Use nonchemical alternatives or less toxic pesticide products whenever possible. Read product labels carefully and follow instructions on proper use, storage, and disposal.