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Treat Your Lawn to Prevent Tick and Flea Problems

May 27, 2016

We take the precaution of treating our pets for fleas and ticks.  We wear protective clothing and repellents when hiking.  Yet experts say we can take an extra step to help protect our family and pets from being attacked by fleas and ticks while playing in the yard.  The good news is this extra step is easy and does not cost much.

The milder than normal winter for many of us this year generally leads to a big population of fleas and ticks during the warmer months.  Since fleas and ticks can hideout in your lawn, you can help protect your family and pets by taking a few minutes to spread Ortho Bug-B-Gon MAX Insect Killer granules on your lawn using your trusty Scotts lawn spreader.  The good news is that this single treatment not only kills fleas and ticks for up to 3 months, but also knocks out ants, chiggers and 100 other insects, many of which can cause your lawn to thin and turn brown in summer.  The final step is to water your lawn after spreading to put the kill in motion.

Our neighbor took this picture this week of a dog tick that dropped off her dog after gorging itself with blood.

Our neighbor took this picture this week of a dog tick that dropped off her dog after gorging itself with blood.

When I have written about this in the past, there are two questions readers ask:

Will this flea and tick killer harm my pets or kids?

Answer:  We keep Dudley, our cat, inside while I spread the granules.  I then give the lawn a good watering of ¼ to a half inch to activate the kill.  Once the lawn is dry we let Dudley back outside.  The same precaution is suggested for kids (our kids are grown).

Will this flea and tick killer harm earthworms?

Answer:  According to my friend Walter Reeves “The Georgia Gardener” the ingredient in Ortho Bug B Gon MAX (bifenthrin) is classified as “low toxicity to earthworms with 0 to 25% reduction in population”. Here is a link to an article posted by Walter on the subject of pesticides and earthworms from a 3 year study at University of Kentucky.

As you can see, Dudley is not worried about fleas and ticks!

As you can see, Dudley is not worried about fleas and ticks!

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