It’s true that fleas like to spend most of their time in warm and moist environments such as buried deep within your pet’s fur and skin or within your carpets. For every flea that you come across, you can bet that there is a whole host of eggs and larvae around your home and yard. Specifically, the fleas live in the dirt and grass outside your home.
Just because you may appear to get rid of fleas off your pets and from inside your home, this is only half the story, as it is more than likely that the fleas residing in your yard will attach themselves again to your pet’s body and subsequently make their way back into your home again. The issue then is that we must first remove and get rid of the fleas in the yard and any garden furniture you may have such as lawn furniture for example.
Diatomaceous earth to get rid of fleas in your yard
This special type of earth is made from microscopic plants and is a natural way (anti-pesticide) to tackle the flea problem in your yard. If this earth is spread in a flea-ridden region, it covers the fleas, cuts them, then dehydrates them which causes them to die. The earth can cause some problems with your soil with its stickiness but generally, it is quite effective. It is important to make sure the bag is not labeled for swimming pools.
The dust is not harmful to pets or humans but to small insects such as the flea, they are deadly. It is better to wear a breathing/dust mask as diatomaceous earth should not really be inhaled. It is shown to be non-harmful to earthworms. At the end of day, if you use this earth regularly, then it will address the flea problem in your yard. The dust can be re-applied after each time you cut your grass. You can also add a little of the powder onto your pet’s body.
Pesticide Options to get rid of fleas in your yard
There is the stronger option of spraying the lawn and patio areas in your yard with chemical pesticides such as Carbaryl, Malathion or Lindane but you should be aware that these can be harmful to your pets as they are toxic. Something called Pyrethrum, which is extracted from Chrysanthemum flowers, is a natural pesticide which will not hurt pets.
A slow release granule is also available from your store which you can spread with a regular lawn seed spreader and it will usually say on the bag whether it can kill fleas and ticks. You will have to use some kind of spray for your patio areas however and you may need more than one application until the fleas are no longer visible.
Using a pesticide may be the only option available if you have a big flea problem but using this on an entire lawn will be expensive to get rid of fleas. You should wear protective clothing and ideally a face mask when dealing with such toxic chemicals and of course, you should not let children or pets come into the area when applying this.
You could hire a professional as they can determine the exact areas which need treatment and how often it would need treatment. Of course, you should realize that fleas are found normally in areas where animals frequent, around the doghouse, under the porch, garage, patios and of course your lawn furniture.
Removing Organic Debris
If you have areas in your yard which are used for composting or have grass cuttings and leaves, then fleas will naturally be attracted to such areas. You should rake and bag any organic debris which you have in your yard and then follow this up with flea spray. The act and process of raking will disturb the fleas habitat which you can then use flea spray on which will penetrate better helping to kill the fleas.
Watering the Lawn
The simple act of watering or rather flooding your lawn every once in a while which can help kill the parasites. The water will also help wash off the feces of adult fleas on which the larvae survive. This is, of course, easier in the rainier season, but in the dry season, you have to cut the grass, remove any weeds and debris from the lawn and then flood it with water on a regular basis to help prevent fleas from breeding as well as helping to kill the fleas at the same time.
Using Cedar Chips to get rid of fleas in your yard
You can protect and fortify your lawn somewhat by placing cedar chips along your fence line. This will block the fleas entering your yard from other people’s yard. Some people even state that eucalyptus leaves will help stave off the fleas as they cannot stand the pungent smell of this leaf. The leaves are not toxic to pets or humans so can be tried in conjunction with cedar chips as a preventative measure to help keep away the fleas.
Another non-toxic preventative method is the use of Borax or garden lime which can be spread on your lawn and the Borax can even be used inside the home on your carpets for example. For the lawn, a regular spreading of borax or garden lime will help serve as a preventative measure to help keep fleas away. These are good measures to take for keeping fleas away so that the use of chemical pesticides and more toxic applications hopefully becomes less of a necessity further down the line to get rid of fleas in your yard.