How to Get Rid of Fleas in Yard Effectively & Fast

I haven’t met anyone who basically enjoys the presence of fleas. Have you?

Personally, I have dealt with these annoying little creatures many times and I understand why everyone would like to know effective and fast ways on how to get rid of fleas. I have tried different methods and luckily, I have found the best ones on how to eradicate them successfully.​

The aim of this article is to help all readers who are undergoing the same situation. When you follow the guidelines I am going to share with you, obvious improvements will be observed in a matter of days. I will also show you different ways to combat them, naturally and chemically.

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How to Get Rid of Fleas Fast – Is that Even Possible?

Of course, it is! Science and experience can back up the effectivity of certain ways. You should, however, be ready because some ways, especially those procedures that involve chemicals can have side effects. The amount of money that you have to prepare would also be dependent on the chosen method.​

Common Mistakes

Technically speaking, when we are faced with a flea infestation, people would think that the primary victims would be our pets. Yes, they can cause irritation to the skin and even fur loss. Their presence can even harm the health of the pet owner.

The reality is not always in some degree of that case though. There are certain classifications such as flea beetle that could feed on plants like beans, corns, lettuce, potatoes. They also multiply on decorative plants and even weeds; feeding on foliage and causing holes in leaves.

Just like any other living being, fleas would like to visit and in the long run live, in places that can satisfy their needs: food and appropriate climate. If your garden is full of clutter and debris, expect their presence. They could thrive in your unmanaged compost as well.​


How to Get Rid of Fleas


What Will You Need to Follow This Tutorial

There are different ways on how you can eradicate unwanted fleas: natural or chemical.

  1. Water, lots of water.
  2. Weed removal tool.
  3. Rakes or mowers
  4. Plants that can combat fleas
  5. Beneficial nematodes or insects for fleas
  6. Flea treatment for the yard home depot
  7. Lighter or fumigating equipment depending on the chemical used
  8. Personal protective equipment such as gloves, eye gear, and masks​

Step by Step Instructions


Natural Remedies

Step 1: Assess your Garden.

Fleas love to stay in shaded areas. This would include you unmanaged compost and your unkempt lawn. Assess the problem area. Most of the time, you will detect numerous fleas from compost hay and mulches. You can also see them in pots and anywhere cool because they don’t like sun exposure.

You should click here to read more about  Best Composters in this article.

Figure 1: Photo Credit: High Plains Buzz

Step 2: Clean Your Garden.

Using your movers or rakes, and your best weed removal tool, remove all clutters in your garden. Uproot weeds. Also, take away dried leaves, seeds, flowers and rotten fruits on the ground.

Make sure you mix your compost regularly so as to aerate them properly. Wash your infested pots to get rid of pets. If you do not do this, chances are you will not only deal with fleas in the future but many other pests as well.

Step 3: Flood The Affected Parts of Your Garden.

This is crazy: I was able to spend lots of money before I discovered that the eggs of these fleas do not survive in the presence of water! Yes, just your plain, ordinary water! All you have to do is to flood infested areas and these eggs and larvae won’t hatch or grow.

Don’t want to believe me? Check out FleaScience.

You may either directly wash the plants with lots of water from a pail, or you may use a garden hose to save time and effort.

Step 4: Create Barriers

Physical barriers are highly recommended for organic farms. They are not only natural; they are also very affordable compared to biochemical pest control.

You may cover your plants with screens or produce row covers that float.

Pro Tip: Please do not forget to remove your barriers especially the covers before the flowering stage. You need to expose these plants so that they can be pollinated by other insects.

Another barrier which you can use is a trap crop. This may take time, yes, but it is as effective as the others. You will have to plant crops like radish that will serve as a trap. Once it sprouts, fleas will be attracted to it and eat it. As you see them invading the crop, simply harvest the entire plant.

PRO TIP: These barriers can also beautify your garden if you paint and decorate them. Just make sure you use eco-friendly paints especially if you’re caring for organic plants.

Step 5: Place Plants that Can Shoo or Kill Fleas

There are many options to choose from. Planting Citronella and Eucalyptus is like hitting two birds with one stone. Citronella does not only repel fleas, it also keeps mosquitoes away. Eucalyptus is a very beneficial herbal plant. It prevents inflammation, spasm, and congestion to note only a few of its uses.

You may also grow Pennyroyal, Sweet Bay, Tansy, and Wormwood.

Unfortunately, some areas do not have certain plants but you should not worry. Ask your nearest arborist for any recommendation. You can also check the internet for options. Just make sure that the plant you choose is compatible to your area’s weather and soil’s characteristic.

Step 6: Place beneficial Nematodes or Insects for Fleas

One very famous enemy of fleas in all life stages is the Steinerma carpocapsae. You read that right; this tiny parasite can kill adult fleas as well as their larvae and pupa. They can attack in soil and in grass. Wonderful isn’t it?

Using your favorite bug spray, spray infested plants with your nematode solution. It is also wise to spray on the houses of your animals. Go ahead and spray on your porches, grass, kennels, and areas where your pets would normally crawl.

Clean and maintain the garden regularly. Make sure that your irrigating system is properly working. You may refer to the first three steps on this guide.

If properly applied, you can see that almost 100% of the larvae are gone within a day! Compared to the previous steps, if you want super-fast technique on how to get rid of fleas, this can be your best bet. On top of that, there is also a guaranteed long-term effect.

You can also use Microctonus vittatae, a wasp in the east part of US. It kills adult wasps and prevents female fleas from reproducing.​


Chemical Remedies

Step 1: Assess the Products Available in Market

You can either make use of flea bombs or chemical sprays to kill plants. Check the contents of the product; does it have tetramethrin, methoprene, cypermethrin, permethrin or nylar? These are effective yet dangerous chemicals included in these pest control items.

There are some pest control products that can be mixed in plain water, others must be concentrated. Others are in paste form, some in liquids or solids. Do some background research to ensure that you would not be wasting your money in expensive futile procedures.

Step 2: Make Sure You Wear Proper Protective Equipment

Again, let me reiterate that the product can be harmful to health. Prepare gears that can protect your eyes and wear a mask.

It is best to use flea bombs when no one is in the house. The chemicals in the product can cause respiratory problems or skin irritations. Your pets should also be away from the area.

Step 3: Spray or Light Up the Flea Bomb according to Manufacturer’s Instruction

There are different ways on how to use a product. Ensure that you read it and follow it properly. Other flea bombs might need fumigating equipment. This might require expert handling. If you are unsure, ask someone who is familiar with it to guide you.

Some minute foggers will just need lighters. Make sure that there are no fire hazards close to you. Check if there are flammable substances, oxygen tanks or gas stoves that are open or leaking. You do not want to blow the entire house just to get rid of fleas, do you?

You may check this video I saw from YouTube 

Conclusion

In no way, fleas are actually beneficial to our plants, our pets or to us. Luckily, there are so many ways to eradicate them. This article will serve as your multi-guide when dealing with these harmful pets.

If you choose to use DIY products, make sure you conduct a thorough study first. If unsure, you can always contact the most convenient pest control company in your place. The bottom line is I do not want you to waste your hard-earned money in unsuccessful methods.

We hope you enjoyed our discussion. Bookmark this, and share it with your friends and families as we offered a lot of varied methods on how to get rid of fleas.

Please feel free to type your questions, comments and even recommendations. We would love to hear from you!

Amelia
 

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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