1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 28, 2008

:241 Outdoor Flea Control

Filed under: :241 Outdoor Flea Control — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:19 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:242 EcoTip: About a week ago I suggested using flea traps for indoor flea infestations (:233). It is important to also break the outdoor cycle. This can be done by treating any outdoor area pets frequent with Steinernema nematodes. Steinernema carpocapsae are best suited for cooler climates, whereas Steinernema feltiae work better in warm climates. 

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review: :233

According to ARBICO-organicsbeneficial nematodes:

  • Nematodes will eliminate all types of pests that have a subterranean soil stage.
  • Nematodes are exempt from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations because they are not harmful to humans or animals.
  •  Nematodes seek and enter hosts in the soil.
  • Nematodes release bacteria which paralyze and kill the host.
  • Nematodes reproduce and feed upon the host while undergoing several life cycles.
  • Second stage juveniles develop waxy cuticles and leave the cadaver in search of a new host.

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