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Treat Your Lawn, Not Your Dog! Lawn Flea Treatments

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Being the owner of a pest control company, I get asked questions frequently concerning fleas and ticks. Questions such as how to kill fleas, what are some flea remedies, how to get rid of fleas, what is the best flea control, how to treat pets, how to control ticks or tick control methods. Often times my customers are concerned with the treatment methods that their veterinarians are recommending. The fact is that my customers are right to be concerned.

Did you know that the active ingredient in Frontline is Fipronil? That’s just another strange chemical name but it is safe for pets, right? Wrong, Fipronil is a restricted use pesticide, most commonly known as Termidor, whos applications include Termite soil treatments and ant treatments. “Restricted use” means that you must be licensed by the state to buy and apply this product. Technicians are required to wear personal protective equipment when applying this product, yet the veterinarian wants you to believe that this same product is same to apply on your dog or cat. The fact is that fipronil is a dangerous insecticide that should only be handled by professionals, not applied directly on your animals.

Fortunately there are alternatives for controlling fleas and ticks on your pets. Lawn flea treatments. I recommend to my customers that they should spray their lawn not their dog or cat. Most pest control companies offer lawn treatments that effectively eliminate fleas and ticks from an area. These treatments are applied by professionals and the products bond with the lawn allowing pets and children to enjoy the outdoor areas without the risk of pesticide exposure. The cost of these lawn treatments are often equal to or less than the dangerous expensive flea and tick medications from your veterinarian.

Lawn flea treatments have many other benefits as well. Often these treatments will not only control fleas and ticks, but mosquitoes as well. So by treating your lawn, you are not only protecting Fido but also yourself from pests that carry dangerous diseases such as lime disease, typhus, myxomatosis, tapeworm, yellow fever, west nile virus, dengue fever, malaria, rift valley fever, St. Louis encephalitis, and many more. Our pets can also acquire heart worms from mosquitoes.

undefinedThere are many turf pests that can also be controlled with lawn treatments including grub worms, army worms, aphodius beetles, Japanese beetles, black turf grass ataenius, leaf hoppers, and many more. These pests do not bite mammals or feed on blood, but they can be very harmful to the lawns that many of us work so hard to keep up. You may spend hundreds or thousands of dollars paying a company to maintain your lawn and then a turf pest ruins it costing you even more to fix. By treating a lawn for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, these turf pests will never have a chance to develop a population in your lawn. Fixing that damage caused by these turf pests can cost thousands, when a simple mosquito flea and tick lawn treatment would have prevented the infestation.

The bottom line is that it just makes sense to treat your lawn for pests. Our pets will be healthier, our lawns will be greener, and we will be happier. Treat your lawn not your dog!

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