Getting Rid of Fleas In Neighbors Yard

We treat our dog with Frontline every month on the dot. We just moved into a new house and before we did, our inside dog never had one flea. Our neighbors have 2 dogs that are outside most of the time. We have treated our dog, the yard, and the house. Our neighbors do not want to spray their yard or give their dogs Frontline. Is there anyway to get rid of fleas coming from your neighbor's yard?

kathryn09 from Memphis, TN

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September 26, 20070 found this helpful

I, personally, have not tried it. But, I have heard many, many people say that they sprinkle a thick layer of borax (Found in the laundry aisle) on their property line. They also sprinkle it on carpets, let sit over night, then vacuum. Will not harm children or pets. But they swear by it for killing fleas.

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September 26, 20070 found this helpful

That's terrible! That's a question I think you need to further explore. If they aren't treating their pets then you are never going to get rid of the fleas. What was their reasoning why they aren't protecting their pets and yard? I really feel for your situation. Good luck resolving this unfortunate disagreement.

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September 26, 20070 found this helpful

We had the same problem. Unfortunately, you cannot tell your neighbor's what to do with their property, especially if they have a reason for not wanting to use pesticides. Their poor dogs must be miserable.

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September 26, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Kathryn!

My indoor dogs are on Advantage all year and Ive never seen a flea nor have I ever had to treat my yard.

I would be curious to know if that is a form of animal cruelty as fleas suck the blood, then the pets come anemic and can die.

You might want to look into this with the local humane society and I wouldn't care one bit if I had a neighbor like that and they knew it was me who reported them.

Those poor, poor dogs. They must be miserable. The neighbors sound like they are too cheap to treat them, and if that's the case they should never be allowed to own a pet.

Keep us posted!

Jennifer

Northern Virginia

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September 26, 20070 found this helpful

The best way I have found to keep fleas out of a yard is to use sulfur. It will not hurt humans or pets, but will kill fleas, or any insect. Most garden supplies or Home Depots will sell it. Also depending on the fence, on a windy day the wind can carry the sulfur into the neighbors yard. I always put mine out just before taking a bath and washing my hair because it does smell.

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September 27, 20070 found this helpful

Just keep doing what you are doing. We never treated our yard. We have used flea preventatives for over 18 years. We never have a problem. It keeps the fleas off the dog no matter where they are outside. It would be nice if the neighbors would, however, you just keep doing your thing and your dog will be OK. I am highly susceptible to flea bites and MUST not have them in the house and I don't!

Also, we are surrounded on two sides by woods, and as I said, we have never treated outside and it is OK.

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September 27, 20070 found this helpful

I've never had a flea problem. Each year I purchase cedar chips and place it like mulch all along my fence line. I also sprinkle it lightly throughout my lawn. I don't like chemicals on my lawn and this has always worked for me. My neighbors all have outside dogs and I've never had a problem. Good luck!

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September 28, 20070 found this helpful

I came across this site about getting rid of fleas and tried a few of the suggested methods there. I got some good ideas that worked like a charm. You might want to check it out here. http://gettingridoffleas.wordpress.com/

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September 8, 20160 found this helpful

I've been fighting fleas for 8 years. It started with a major feral cat problem in town, that lasted for 3-4 years. Then suddenly, within the span of a few months, most of the feral cats disappeared. The flea problem remained, but on a smaller scale. Then, the city repaved the street, without correcting the grade. So, from that point, our yard got ALL of the water and sand that rushed off of the road. Of course the sand carried the fleas of the neighborhood into our yard and we in turn carried them inside every time we went in our house. The house infestation was the worst, and our ferret was basically mirdered by the fleas. We bathed him every other day, put whatever suggested by the vet that wouldn't harm him, although nothing was suggested that actually worked. The vet wouldn't give any flea drops for cats or anything. We sprayed our house and yard weekly and even used outdoor stuff from the farm supply INSIDE! While we saw the best results with diatomaceous earth, we had to replace our vacuum everytime we put it out and couldn't afford to keep doing that. We put DE on just the baseboards and in the bottom of the ferret cage, under his bedding, but the DE didn't seem to work unless used on a huge scale. After using the toxic stuff from the farm supply twice a week INSIDE, vacuuming 3x a day, and digging up all of the sand washed in from the neighborhood, we seemed to have been rid of them inside and outside. Well, then our neighbor got 2 bulldogs. They've had the dogs for a year and a half, tied up in the back yard. I had issues with their caring for the dogs the whole time. People say call the humane society, and all I can do is lmao at that one. If you had ANY idea who all I've called; you wouldn't even suggest such a simple step. Well, now, their Bulldogs have fleas, their yard has fleas, and you guessed; they're back in my yard AND house. Now, I babysit my 2 & 3 year old neices and they're getting torn up by these fleas. I can spray the yard, but the only thing that worked in the house, isn't safe to spray with small children.

Before, we were dealing with driveway drainage issues, which WE solved, as the city wouldn't take responsibility for the grading issues. WE solved the flea issue in our yard/house, but success only came once someone else took it upon themselves to rid the neighborhood of hundreds of feral cats. The "humane" society here is a JOKE. They won't pick up stray cats, and advise that you catch, spay/neuter, and release. That does NOTHING for the flea issues and no one that I know has $6000 plus, to be spaying/neutering cats they aren't responsible for, and no, not a single vet around here will do it for free/reduced rate, just because you're trying to get rid of a feral cat problem. The fleas ended up killing my tiny ferret, due to draining him and anemia. I started spraying my yard twice weekly again, because I saw a flea on my 2y/o niece. Didn't seem to be working, so I needed to add something to keep them from getting so bad that they would start getting inside. So we added IGR (insect growth regulator). That worked for about 3 weeks, now they're back with a vengeance, the IGR+plus farm supply spray has been increased to 4x a week, and nothing. I was sitting on the side of my yard where one of the neighbor dogs are chained up (the female is allowed to roam the yard most days). She comes up to the fence to play with my neices or get some attention, since she's lacking such from her owners, and scratches like crazy. So the fleas on her obviously end up in my yard. The fleas from their yard end up in my yard. I won't even consider another pet, as attempting to own one with this kind of infestation is purely selfish. Forgot to mention that they're starting back up in the house too. So, now I'm out of all options besides continuing to spray my yard, do whatever I can in the house that is safe for my neices (pretty much nothing, as I've tried all the other non-toxic remedies with the first go round, and it pretty much didn't work), and hope for the best. Again, the "humane" society here is the biggest joke I've ever seen, so calling them is pointless. I've spoken with the local police chief, and he's tried to speak with the neighbors and the "humane" society, to no avail. So, we're down to never owning pets, spraying the yard 4x weekly, spraying my neices down with off deep woods (don't even want to hear how bad the deer is, as that's the ONLY thing that keeps the fleas from biting them) any time they play outside, and trying to use useless methods in combinations to keep the population down in the house. Our life goes back to revolving around fighting fleas. Our wallets will now be thinner, because WE are yet AGAIN responsible for fighting a problem WE didn't create. The neighbors don't care about the fleas in their yard, as they're rarely there, and even when they are, they're not outside. We OWN our home; they RENT, and WE can't enjoy OUR property. No one is making them address the flea issues, because no one cares, and WE are AGAIN, left to suffer a flea infestation!! Any suggestions about the neighbors, that I haven't mentioned?? I'm pretty positive that I've tried it, but probably forgot to state it here.

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