Like it or not, flea season is around the corner. While pet owners seem to have a good handle on how to care for their pets indoors, when dogs go outdoors, that leaves a whole other battle to contend with.
One of the best ways to naturally lower the flea population is by embedding certain things in the soil.
For starters, geraniums, which are also a water wise flowery plant are a great natural flea deterrent.
Another fantastic pick is utilizing a microscopic worm called nematodes. These worms actually munch on flea larvae, bringing the flea numbers down.
Typically, these worms can be purchased at natural pet stores and nurseries. Buying them online is another option.
Nematodes can be placed outdoors with the use of a hose sprayer. And yes, for a smaller area they can be applied with a plastic or metal watering can.
Where to apply nematodes is important. The best method is figuring out where a dog goes on a warm sunny day. Many will seek heat relief with shady and moist areas which are where fleas live. It's also the locale where nematodes will thrive.
Under the right conditions, these worms can wipe out 80 percent of the flea population in a given area within 48 hours or less.
Nematodes also multiply quickly so be sure to ask the manufacturer how frequently a reapplication should be scheduled.
It's always good to stay one step ahead in securing the flea perimeter around the home before fleas have a chance to take that first bite.