Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Spring Cleaning in Your Yard to Help Control Fleas

black cat in Mimi walks through the buttercups and forget-me-nots.
Mimi walks through the buttercups and forget-me-nots.

FLEAS, LIKE MOST OTHER INSECTS, live everywhere around us and it’s how we manage our surroundings that helps to control their populations. Like managing mosquitoes, for instance, by eliminating still pools of water where they can breed, you can also manage the flea population around your yard without the use of toxic chemicals so that fleas can’t set up a happy colony where they are ready and waiting when your pet comes outside—or even when you come outside and carry them back in.

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Spring is the prime time to get ahead of fleas, so take spring cleaning in your yard as seriously as in your home and begin early. By initiating or modifying a few of the ways you care for your landscape you can eliminate nesting and breeding spaces and welcome their predators, an effect that can last all through the warm months of summer and fall, and even become a permanent solution to keeping fleas at a minimum in your yard. If you manage cats in an outdoor colony some of these suggestions can help you with flea control in their area as well.

Rather than republish the entire article each spring, I link to the main post on this subject. The article includes detailed information, links to resources, and one-page guide sheet you can download to your computer or phone.

Click here to read Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Begin in Spring to Control Fleas.

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black cat in Mimi walks through the buttercups and forget-me-nots.
Mimi walks through the buttercups and forget-me-nots.

Mimi is never so happy as when she’s out in the yard, as you can see by her “happy tail”. She’s so short that I can’t get a good photo of her face without flowers in the way, but perhaps that’s how she wants it.

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4 thoughts on “Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Spring Cleaning in Your Yard to Help Control Fleas

  • March 8, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Well now, we left all of of the fallen leaves in the yard this year, ’cause it’s beneficial for flora and fauna. I didn’t think for a second that this could include fleas!!!! I like the idea of having plants that fleas don’t like, so I’ll work on that. Good post, thanks!

    • March 8, 2020 at 10:24 pm

      Vicky, don’t worry, that’s still good! In the spring you just need to shuffle everything around so that all the overwintering insects, eggs, larva and so on are exposed to the cold which usually prevents them from hatching. My leaves are still out there, and as soon as I can I run my mower over them and mulch them up, then leave them on the grass. I’ve also left all my garden plants and flowers and am taking them down little by little, turning the dry stalks and leaves into the garden soil. Where you have mulch, make sure you rake it up to expose the soil, then spread it back in place and all the little leave-behinds in there would have been exposed to cold temperatures and possibly frost.


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