If fleas and ticks have been a problem for your pets, there are three areas you have to treat to be successful in treating fleas. 

yard treatment for fleas and ticks

1.Treating your pets with an effective product

2.Treating your house with a growth regulator

3. Treating your yard. If you don’t have a fenced yard, it will be impossible to get total flea control because stray animals will be continually bringing in fleas and their eggs to your property. But you can try to minimize the flea burden 

A flea and tick preventative for dogs
A flea and tick preventative for dogs

When pet owners were asked about yard treatment, most people said their yards are treated by a professional company and most of those companies use a product called bifenthrin, which is in the pyrethroid family. 

Pyrethroids are man-made versions of pyrethrins, which come from chrysanthemum flowers. Bifenthrin works by interfering with the nervous system of insects when it is touched or eaten. It is far less toxic to mammals vs insects due to their much larger size and higher body temperatures. 

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Combo heartworm and flea preventive for cats

Many factor affect the longevity of yard treatments. Things like sprinklers, mowing, and rain can remove or reduce the level of insecticide present. If you are in a high endemic flea or tick area or are expeiencing an infestation, it is suggested to treat the yard for fleas to treat once weekly for 4 weeks and then once a month to kill the young larval stages as they hatch because spraying will not kill the eggs.

Tremors and seizures are listed as potential adverse effects of pyrethrin toxicosis (bifenthrin is a pyrethrin). 

dog and cat with fleas

While most of these products are safe for pets, the pets must be kept off the sprayed yard until it is dry. Pets exposed to bifenthrin can develop vomiting or diarrhea, twitching of the ears, paw flicking, increased drooling, hyperactivity, incoordination, diarrhea, depression, and dilated pupils. Seek immediate veterinary care if some of these signs occur.

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