Have you noticed that there are fleas and ticks in your backyard? Are you concerned that they can harm your pets and your family? In this article I will share some natural remedies that will help you get rid of fleas and ticks from your yard.
The best way to get rid of fleas and ticks naturally is by keeping the yard trimmed and neat then add Diatomaceous earth (DE), and introducing nematodes in your yard.
Natural Remedies to Kill Fleas in Your Yard
The natural remedies I recommend to kill fleas and ticks in your yard are
- Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
- Beneficial Nematodes
- Cedar Wood Chips
- Plants That Repel Fleas
- Proper Yard Maintenance
1. Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
Diatomaceous earth (DE), a natural pesticide is made up of the remains of fossilized simple cell organisms extracted from dried out water sources. It is a renown pest control solution recommended by experts. DE is FDA approved and non-toxic to humans and pets.
You can simply spread out the DE powder over the yard or mix it with water to make a natural pest control spray. A spray can be made by mixing ¼ to ½ lb. of DE with water in a spray bottle which will make enough quantity to treat a 1,000 square feet lawn.
The DE powder is insoluble in water so it has to be agitated frequently to keep the particles suspended in the solution. DE powder is an abrasive that works by cutting the insect’s exoskeleton and absorbing the oils and fats from its body. As a result, the insect dries out and dies.
2. Beneficial Nematodes
Nematodes are microscopic, soil-dwelling roundworms. Beneficial nematodes offer a safe, effective and natural pest control solution for your yard. Nematodes help get rid of various garden pests including fleas, grubs, ants, and termites.
Nematodes can be bought from any garden center or online store. Add water to the contents as instructed on the package to make a nematode spray for your yard. Since nematodes are sensitive to heat and light it’s better to spray them in your yard at nighttime, early morning, or on a cloudy day.
Nematodes used for pest control only attack insects and do not harm plants or pets. Nematodes work by entering the flea’s body via any opening such as the mouth. Once it is inside, the nematode releases a bacteria that kills the flea. Inside the dead flea, the nematode reproduces itself enhancing the overall pest control.
3. Cedar wood Chips
Cedar wood has insecticidal properties that help kill fleas and ticks. Cedar wood chips can be sprinkled in your yard to control pests and repel new ones from entering the yard.
Cedar wood oil is also a safe and effective remedy for pest control that can be sprayed over the yard.
4. Plants That Repel Fleas
Some plants naturally repel fleas because they contain certain compounds, oils, and chemicals that repel fleas. These plants not only enhance the appearance of your yard but also serve the purpose of pest control.
Grow these plants in flower pots or flower beds in your yard as a natural way to repel fleas.
Examples of these plants include
- Penny Royal
5. Proper Yard Maintenance
Proper maintenance of the yard limits the growth of fleas and ticks. Some things to keep in mind are:
Keep your yard neat and trimmed – You should mow your lawn often so that there are lesser spots for fleas and ticks to hide in. These insects tend to hide in dark, humid spaces. Overgrown grass and bushes provide the optimal environment for these insects to breed.
Your lawn should not be cluttered with debris, lumber, and other trash where ticks can hide. If there are storage spaces in a crawl space or under a deck make sure to clean them too.
Don’t overwater the grass – A lawn that is overwatered or poorly drained creates a moist environment that promotes the growth of fleas and ticks.
What kills fleas and ticks in your yard?
Pesticides are used to kill fleas and ticks in the yard. Pest control products may consist of a pesticide, such as permethrin that kills adult fleas, insect growth regulator (IGR) products that attack larvae or a combination of both.
Pesticidal products should be sprayed in areas that are dark and shady where fleas and ticks like to stay. Some key areas to target include:
- Dog houses
- Under trees, shrubs, and bushes
- Patios, shadows and crawl spaces
- Around door frames
Getting rid of fleas in garage
You can get rid of fleas in your garage by vacuuming the garage frequently and using pesticides to kill fleas. Some steps you can follow to rid your garage of fleas are:
- Remove fleas by vacuuming the garage floor.
- Seal the vacuum bag in a trash bag and throw it away in a trash can outside your home.
- Borax that is an effective pesticide can be sprinkled over the garage floor. It is easily available, commonly found in grocery store’s laundry aisles. Usually, one large box is enough to cover a small garage.
- borax usually kills the fleas within 24 hours. The borax works by piercing the exoskeleton of the flea and causing fatal dehydration.
- After 24 hours remove the borax by vacuuming the garage.
- Discard the vacuum bag.
- Lastly apply a flea shampoo on your garage to eradicate remaining fleas.
- During this time be careful not to allow children and pets in the garage since ingesting it can be toxic for humans and pets.
Do I need to treat the inside of my home for fleas and ticks?
You need to treat the inside of your home for fleas and ticks to make sure your home is free of these insects. It is important to eliminate fleas and ticks not just from your yard but from inside the house too because your pets can carry them indoors.
The following are some key Steps to Control Heavy Indoor Flea Infestations:
- If you have pets treat them with on-pet flea and ticks’ treatment.
- Vacuum pet bedding and the area surrounding it thoroughly since fleas and ticks tend to accumulate here.
- Clean pet bedding with hot water and detergent or replace it with a new one.
- Vacuum all areas of the house such as floors, rugs, and carpets. Some areas to target where fleas and ticks tend to hide are dark spaces under furniture, cracks and crevices, and on walls.
- Vacuum beneath seat cushions and furniture where your pet rests.
- Apply pesticidal spray made of adulticide + IGR specifically targeting areas where fleas and ticks tend to hide. Follow the instructions on the spray can. Usually, it is not recommended to broadcast spray carpets or floors randomly.
- Keep repeating the treatment every 14 days until fleas have been eliminated completely.
Once you have treated your home you will want to know if the fleas are gone for good right, Well check out this article for what you need to look out for
What is the fastest way to get rid of fleas in the yard?
The use of insecticides or pesticides is the fastest way to remove fleas from your yard. Choosing a pesticide that consists of a combination of insect growth regular targeting flea larvae and an adulticide that kills adult fleas is the fastest way to rid your yard of fleas.
An insect growth regulator such as pyriproxyfen prevents the growth and development of larvae and pupae. It is safe to use because it is non-toxic to mammals, adult honeybees, and birds. However, it is extremely toxic to fish.
How to prevent fleas and ticks coming back
The following is a list of ways to prevent the spread of fleas and ticks:
- Let Sunlight In
- Limit Wildlife
- Treat Your Pets
Let the sunlight in
Ticks and fleas prefer to stay in shady areas. Trim down shrubs and trees that are blocking the sunlight to allow more sunshine to fall on your lawn.
If there is wildlife near your property then you must try to limit the entry of animals that might be visiting your yard. For instance, Deers are carriers of ticks and might introduce them to your yard.
You should remove any foods that could attract deers. Barriers should be placed around the yard to limit the entry of deers and other animals.
Rodents are also carriers of ticks and if your area is known to have many rodents use repellents to keep them out of your property.
Treat Your Pets
Pets tend to roam around and there’s a chance of them picking up ticks every time they are outdoors. Consult your veterinarian to get to know about useful tick control remedies for your pets. Also control the spread of fleas and ticks by cleaning your pet’s bedding area weekly.
It is important to control the spread of ticks and fleas because they pose serious health issues. These insects can transmit infectious diseases to humans and pets.
They act as carriers for various diseases, including Colorado tick fever, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever among others.