Would you like to spray your yard with a natural flea killer just once and have outside flea control for years? I was excited to find an organic flea control that makes sense.
What is it made
of? Flea Nematodes. If you're not familiar with Nematodes, they're tiny worm like creatures that prey on fleas. How perfect is that? (Don't worry if you have an aversion to creepy crawlers because these things are tiny.)
Nematodes are the most numerous multicellular animals on earth. A handful of soil will contain thousands of the microscopic worms, many of them parasites of insects, plants or animals.
Nematodes vs. Chemical Insecticides
Insects can build up a resistance to chemicals, but they cannot build up a resistance to nematodes. And being species specific you don't have to worry about other wildlife in your yard.
It amazes me how many people spray chemicals in their yard without a thought about the affects on their own family, dogs and cats. And what about the birds, squirrels, chipmunks and other visiting creatures? What about the insects you want in your yard like the bees to pollinate and those beautiful butterflies? Do you enjoy the sound of frogs or toads in you yard or the summertime seranade of crickets and cicadas? Who wants to ruin that?
Nematodes are a natural organic flea control that are like a gift that keeps on giving. They eat and multiply, living in your soil for years. What could be better?
And if you don't have fleas in the yard, chances are, you won't have fleas in the house.
Cost of Nematodes
The last price I found online at Fleabusters is as follows:
$38.00 - 1 Million (Covers 2000-3000 Sq.Ft.)
$68.00 - 6 Million (Covers 1/4 Acre)
Is There a Downside?
All I can think of is to remind you they are alive so you can't put them on the garage shelf and put off getting them out in the yard where they belong. You have about a week from the time they arrive.
To give you an idea of the process, here is an overview of instructions.
How do you Release Nematodes in the Yard?
Nematodes are alive and should be released within 7-10 days of arrival. Refrigeration at 40-50 degrees F is the best way to temporarily store them.
To release, rinse the container, as completely as possible, into one gallon of water. You now have a concentrate. The nematodes can withstand pressures up to 300 psi, therefore, you can apply them using your injector system, or dilute them with more water and use a pump sprayer, hose-end sprayer or watering can.
It is best to release them in the evening. A rinse of plain water after application will help insure that they have been carried into the root zone.
If You Are Considering Chemicals
If you feel you must use something that isn't a natural flea killer, please think for yourself. It amazes me how many people don't think twice about the repercussions of using pesticides in their yard, in their house and on their pets.
They really are poisons to all of us whether we see the results or not. Whether we touch, inhale or lick (I'm talking about the dog here) anything that has been treated, our bodies try to purge it which wears out our organs. If we can't purge them, we have to store them.
Disease is not an accident and its not random. It's the result of what we've done to our bodies and what we've done to our dogs. Please stay away from chemicals and use a natural flea killer.