My boys (1 & 2 years old) are getting bit by fleas in our backyard.
Yesterday when I mowed I had hundreds on the deck when finished. We've
started using insect repellant on the boys when they're outside, but
how do I get rid of these things. I've never seen them so bad, even
when we had a dog.
Now and then I'll spray Malathion on all the grass and dirt around the
house. Kills all the fleas, ants, and practically everything else except
black widow spiders.
I use a 2 gallon sprayer with a little Malathion and a lot of water. The
Malathion bottle will tell you how much to put in. Try to keep the kids and
pets away for a couple days, and do it after mowing the lawn.
I don't know about "harmless." I've been in areas where it was sprayed by
helicopters, and had to put up with burning eyes and sneezing. Could have
been the malathion, or it could have been the carrier agent or bait. It
also leaves nasty droppings on cars. Either way, it is a poison, and thus
can't really be called harmless.
On the other hand, spraying highly diluted malathion directly onto grass and
dirt, as opposed to crop dusting entire cities, should be much less
I'd still keep pets and children away for a bit.
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