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How to get rid of grass fleas

Updated February 21, 2017

One of the toughest challenges facing pet owners is combating fleas. While fleas on pets can be a nuisance, in addition to spreading harmful diseases, pets can also bring fleas into your home, causing a quick-spreading infestation in your carpet, bedding and furniture. In order to combat these problems, you need to utilise several flea-killing techniques to remove fleas from your pets and kill the fleas that are living in your lawn and soil.

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  1. Spray your entire lawn or grassy areas, including bushes and trees, with an insecticide specifically designed to kill fleas. If you have pets or small children, avoid insecticides with toxic chemicals, such as Malathion, which can be harmful. Try to use organic insecticides, such as a soluble neem-based product. Other good nontoxic insecticides for combating fleas are Interrupt and Antidote, which also kill fire ants.

  2. Remove fleas from your pets with a flea comb or flea bath treatment, which you can purchase from your veterinary doctor or pet store. If your pet has a flea infestation, it is absolutely necessary to remove the fleas from his or her hair, because not only will the fleas spread inside of your home, they can get back outside into the grass as soon as your pet goes outside. After you have treated your pet's fleas, use a product like Frontline or Advantix to keep your pet free of fleas during the season, which will also keep your home free of fleas.

  3. Vacuum your home regularly and throw away the vacuum bag. If you don't throw away the bag, flea eggs can hatch and reinfest your home and pet.

  4. Spray Borox or another flea-control treatment on your lawn every two weeks during the warmer months even after your initial insecticide treatment. This should deter fleas from returning.

  5. Warning

    Do not use harmful insecticide chemicals in homes with small children or pets, as they can be harmful and cause illness. If your home has a large infestation of fleas, you should consider contacting a pest-control expert, who will remove the fleas from your home and lawn in a safe manner.

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Things You'll Need

  • Insecticide
  • Flea comb
  • Flea bath treatment
  • Advantix or Frontline
  • Vacuum
  • Borox spray

About the Author

Jessica Jewell is a writer, photographer and communications consultant who began writing professionally in 2005. Her chapbook, "Slap Leather," is forthcoming from dancing girl press. Her recent work has appeared in "Nimrod," "Harpur Palate," "Copper Nickel," "Rhino," "wicked alice," "Poetry Midwest" and "Barn Owl Review." Jewell was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Kent State University.

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