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Question: For the last year I was unable to do anything in my vegetable garden, since every time I set foot in it, Fleas or other biting creatures would just eat me up within 10 seconds. Not sure where they come from, but possibly from my neighbors dogs. I need to trim my grapes soon and would like to grow chives, corn and peas or beans for next spring again. Any suggestions on how to get rid of these blood suckers without harming the soil for edible plants? Can't even maintain my sprinkler system in that area, why everything tends to be quite dry these days.
I also read the FAQ from OC about the gnacs, but these are not really the problem, since the area is rather dry than moist.

Answer: I wish I had an easy solution for you but without knowing exactly which pest is living in your lawn, it's difficult to recommend a control strategy. If you could capture a few of the pests and take them to your local cooperative extension office for identification, it would simplify things. If you're unable to do so, you might consider treating the problem area with Borax (20-Mule Team Borax is readily available in grocery stores). Dissolve 10 oz. of Twenty Mule Team Borax in 1/2 cup of warm water; Dilute this solution into 2 1/2 gallons of water. Spray the mixture evenly over 1,000 square feet of lawn. This solution won't harm your lawn but will make the area unpleasant for insects. What it doesn't kill it will repel. You can safely use this Borax solution once a year for two years in a row. After that it could become toxic to your lawn. Hope this information helps!

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