Here at Dancing Creek Farm we struggle with fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and the many pest that try to eat our organic garden. Dancing Creek Farm is a lovely place and the pest think so too!
Keep you fur babies AND your garden pest free!
We require all campers, both short term and long term dog boarding, to have a flea and tick treatment such as Frontline or Revolution, however last year nothing was working on the fleas. In the past we used a combination of Apple Cider Vinegar and Garlic Gloves in food, however even that didn’t seem to work as it had in the past. We sprayed Mosquito Garlic Barrier which worked well but after a few weeks needed to be reapplied and it’s very expensive for the amount of area we need to treat.
Harmful Chemicals are Bad for Your Dog and Family
When you apply flea and tick chemicals to your dog you normally drop it onto their skin behind their neck and towards the base of their tail. Much of this remains on the coat. You and your children pet, hug and rub your dog. These chemicals can remain on the pets fur for days after being applied.
This year we are using Live Beneficial Nematodes a microscopic insect that will seek out and destroy over 230 kinds of soil dwelling and wood boring insects. It does not harm lady bugs, other beneficial insects but it will wreck havoc on such as flea larvae, white grubs, cutworms, corn root worms, strawberry weevils, gypsy moth larvae, cabbage root maggots, fungus gnat larvae. Once applied to your yard they multiply and breed!
But I’m not taking ANY chances this year! I’m going to continue to also use Diatomaceous Earth, a food grade fossil often used in organic pest control. In fact it’s so safe you can EAT it and many people, including me, put it in my dogs food to prevent parasites and worms. I dust the dogs with it AND this year I’m puffing it all over the yard and garden! You can get a puff spreader like I have to easily apply it to the yard and garden CLICK HERE or I read that you can mix with water and spray it. I haven’t tried spraying it and think that it might clog my sprayers but I just might give it a try! I’ll do anything to keep the fleas off these dogs and out of my house!
Perhaps with a few strategics in place I will win the flea and tick battle and avoid using expensive harmful chemicals. Please be extra careful what you spray on your yard. It can get into the paws of pets and since pets eat grass they can ingest it and die. I’e know a few people personally who have lost pets because of lawn chemicals.
Good luck this year and please post your feed back, ideas and questions below in the comments section. I promise to answer your questions.