Q:

Can lime kill fleas that are outside?

A:

Quick Answer

Lime can be an effective flea killer when used on a lawn. When it comes in contact with the pests' exoskeletons, it dries them up.

Know More

Full Answer

While lime kills fleas, it should only be used as a last resort when all other methods fail. This is because the amount required to treat a lawn can also have detrimental effects. When grass soaks in the powder, it shrivels up and dies because all of the chlorophyll dries up.

For those with animals or children, it is also wise to avoid using lime in the yard. Its effects can severely dry out and crack the skin. Also, when accidentally ingested or inhaled, it becomes a poison that can make pets and children very sick. If not treated right away, the potential consequences range from difficulty breathing to death.

If someone has no alternative other than to use lime for flea control outside, the yard should be off limits to pets and children for a couple of days. This gives the lime time to dissipate as it soaks into the grass and other vegetation. As an extra precaution, a sprinkler or garden hose should be used to rinse away any excess residue in the yard.

Learn more about Fleas & Bedbugs

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Do fleas have wings?

    A:

    Fleas do not have wings. However, they can jump long distances on account of their three sets of legs. Fleas have a shiny body and are typically a reddish brown color. They can be found on the skin of their hosts, such as cats, dogs and other animals.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do fleas eat?

    A:

    Fleas are ectoparasites that consume blood from hosts. Ectoparasites are parasites that live on the outside of a host's body. Fleas feed on warm-blooded hosts including dogs, cats, mice, humans, rabbits, squirrels and chickens.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can fleas live on humans?

    A:

    Fleas can jump on humans and occasionally bite them, but they do not live on humans. Fleas prefer the deep fur of a cat, dog or other animal, though they jump on humans who are nearby.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long do fleas live?

    A:

    Fleas can live up to eight days on short-haired animals and even longer on animals with long hair. When adult fleas have no host to feed upon, they can survive from a few days to a couple of weeks.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore