How to Get Rid of Fleas in Yard

Fleas in the yard can be uncomfortable for you and your pets, but they can cause so much more. These small parasitic insects can cause anemia, skin disorders, and if the problem is not taken care of properly, they can infect any human who comes in contact with them. So what can you do about them?

Fleas can cause serious health issues for your family and pets. These health issues will cost you more than any treatments you could buy, so it is a good idea to learn how to exterminate the fleas from your yard immediately.

What are fleas and how do you recognize them?

Fleas are tiny, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of other animals. They often live in areas where there is a lot of wildlife, such as tall grass and bushes. Fleas can also be brought into your yard by your pets.

The easiest way to tell if you have fleas in your yard is to look for their droppings. Flea droppings will look like black pepper, and they will be all over the place where the fleas are living. You may also see the fleas themselves; they are small, reddish-brown creatures with long, thin legs.

You’ll know you’ve got fleas in your home when you begin to see the hallmarks of a flea hangout: tiny black or reddish-brown insects on your dog or cat, or larvae around the edges of your house or garden, where the sun hits and the grass grows. The larvae can chew on grass, too. Most importantly, you’ll probably notice hours upon hours of scratching from both dogs and cats. Signs like these are common but don’t ignore them.

What attracts fleas?

Fleas are attracted to the warmth and blood of animals. They will often congregate around areas where pets spend a lot of time, such as near the porch or in the backyard.

Why do you need to treat your yard for fleas?

If you have fleas in your yard, it is only a matter of time before they infest your home. Fleas can jump up to six feet, so they can easily travel from the yard to the house. In addition, fleas can lay hundreds of eggs, which means that the problem will only worsen if it is not treated.

Fleas won’t harm humans directly; the issue is more that they spread potentially dangerous diseases like cat scratch fever as they scurry from pet to pet. That’s why it’s so important to keep them off the scene.

How can you get rid of them?

The first thing you need to do is understand how fleas reproduce and what kind of environment they need.

Fleas lay their eggs in places with a lot of dirt, like sandboxes, and in your yard. The eggs hatch into larvae that live in the dirt for about a week before turning into a pupa. The pupa lives in the dirt for three days before emerging as an adult flea. 

Fleas don’t like sunlight, so if you’re lucky enough to have sunny weather, you could try leaving out bowls of water or salt in your yard during the day (the salt will keep the water from evaporating too quickly). During the night, your yard will be dry and flea-free. However, if you’re not very lucky, you’ll probably have cloudy weather. In this case, try sprinkling salt on your lawn at night during a full moon. The light from the moon will attract the fleas and make them easy to see so you can vacuum them up.

Treat your yard with a flea killer.

There are several types of flea killers on the market, so you should be able to find one that fits your needs. Some common ingredients in flea killers include propoxur, cyfluthrin, and imidacloprid.

When using any kind of pesticide or insecticide, always read the directions carefully and follow them exactly. Pesticides can be harmful to both humans and animals if they are not used properly.

It is also important to keep your pets away from the treated area until it has dried completely. Pets can come into contact with pesticides by licking their paws or fur after walking through an area that has been treated.

Get rid of excess water in your yard.

Fleas need a lot of moisture to survive, so getting rid of any standing water in your yard will help get rid of the fleas. This includes removing toys that can hold water, fixing leaky faucets and hoses, and cleaning out gutters and drains. If you have a pool or spa, make sure to keep it clean and chlorinated. Fleas cannot live in an area with high levels of chlorine.

Regularly mow your lawn

Mowing your lawn frequently will not only help keep your yard looking neat and tidy, but it will also help get rid of any flea eggs or larvae that may be living there. Be sure to bag the clippings and dispose of them properly.

Use a flea comb to get rid of any fleas on your pets

Flea combs are small, metal combs with very closely spaced teeth. They can be used to remove fleas and eggs from the fur of animals. Combing your pet regularly will help keep the number of fleas down and make it easier to treat them if they do infest your pet.

If you have a severe infestation, you may need to take your pet to the vet for treatment. There are several types of medication available that can kill fleas quickly and effectively.

In addition, several homemade remedies can be used to get rid of fleas on pets, such as vinegar or Dawn dish soap. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and use them safely.

Lastly, call a professional to treat your yard.

If you have tried all the above methods and still can’t get rid of the fleas, it may be time to call in a professional. They will be able to use stronger pesticides and insecticides that are not available to the public.

Be sure to ask for references and check them out before hiring anyone.

Tips to prevent fleas from entering your yard

  • Keep your house and yard clean by regularly sweeping, vacuuming, and mowing the lawn.
  • Remove any debris or objects that may be providing shelter for fleas.
  • Place flea traps around your home to catch any fleeing fleas.
  • Apply an insecticide to help repel fleas from your property
  • Use pet shampoo to kill fleas on your pets and prevent them from coming back.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best flea killer for yards?

There is no one “best” flea killer for yards, as the most effective product will vary depending on the specific situation. However, some of the most popular options include insecticidal soaps, nematodes, and pyrethrins.

How do I get rid of fleas in my yard without harming pets?

You can use a few methods to get rid of fleas in your yard without harming pets. One option is to use an insecticidal soap, which will kill the fleas but is safe for animals. Another option is to use nematodes, tiny worms that will eat the fleas. Finally, you can also use pyrethrins, a natural insecticide made from chrysanthemums.

Where do fleas live in the house?

Fleas can live in a variety of places around the house, such as in carpets, pet bedding, and furniture. They may also be found in cracks and crevices around the home or inside walls.

Where do fleas live outside?

Fleas can live in a variety of places outside, such as in tall grass, under leaves, and on the ground. They may also be found in pet bedding or near where pets spend time.

How long do fleas live in your house?

Fleas can live in your house for up to two months.

How often should I treat my yard for fleas?

Treating your yard for fleas depends on the severity of the infestation and the products you are using. If you are using insecticidal soap, nematodes, or pyrethrins, you may need to treat once a week. If you are using a more traditional flea killer like pesticides, you may only need to treat them every other week.

Vinegar to kill fleas in the yard?

While vinegar will not kill fleas directly, it can be used to create a natural repellent that will keep the fleas away. You can mix one part vinegar with three parts water and spray it on your yard as needed.

Can I drown fleas?

Drowning fleas is not an effective method of killing them, as they can survive for up to 48 hours underwater.

What temperature will kill fleas?

The temperature at which fleas will die varies depending on the species, but most fleas will die below freezing or above 113 degrees Fahrenheit.


Keeping fleas away is just a matter of being aware of what’s happening with your pet and being responsible for treating them for this condition before it becomes chronic. You should always be on the lookout for new symptoms in your dog or cat, so you can try to prevent any sort of flea infestation at home.

The strategies discussed in this blog will not only help you stop fleas in their tracks, but they’ll also keep them away for good. And best of all, many of these tips can be integrated into your existing pest control regimen. Before long, the pesky fleas will be a distant memory.