The Wildlife Connection
A flea infestation doesn't begin in your home, and it doesn't begin in your yard either. So where do flea infestations come from, then? Well, they begin out in nature. If you live in an urban area, that nature may be a small, peri-urban forest. It may also be a city park or a property in your neighborhood that is overgrown with weeds and vegetation. Fleas take animals as hosts in order to feed, reproduce, and thrive, and those host animals are how the fleas are introduced into your yard. Therefore, every step measure you take to protect your yard from wildlife activity will impact the flea populations in your yard. It is vital that you make this connection.
- Install a fence around the perimeter of your property.
- Make sure your exterior trash is sealed and secure.
- Put bird feeders at least 20 feet from your home and outside of pet play areas.
- Store woodpiles, construction materials, and other objects animals can hide in away from your exterior walls.
- Keep your landscaping trimmed so that animals don't feel safe exploring areas close to your home.
When wild animals that have fleas come into your yard, they are likely to drop flea eggs wherever they go. If flea eggs and flea feces, also called flea dirt, are dropped in a shaded location that has enough moisture, those flea eggs will have everything they need to develop into adult fleas in your yard. This can create a huge problem for you, your family members, and your pets.