Ideas on How to Get Rid of Fleas in the Yard

Spraying your yard in targeted areas is your best bet to remove fleas.

While adult fleas prefer to spend quality time directly embedded on your animal, flea eggs, larvae and pupae are usually found everywhere else. This means that for every flea you find on your pet, there are likely to be hundreds of eggs and larvae around your home and yard. Most people use a variety of toxic sprays to remove fleas from the yard, all of which require you to use a garden hose and a hose end sprayer. Depending on the product you select, the process generally takes anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks.

Tackle Warm, Shady Areas

Fleas prefer areas that are moist, warm and shady--which probably not coincidentally is where a pet is likely to hang out on a warm summer day. Be sure to thoroughly spray these areas, but read the directions carefully to avoid spraying in areas located near where runoff can filter into lakes, ponds or creeks and contaminate the water.

Remove Organic Debris

Fleas are naturally attracted to areas near organic debris. This includes composting areas, or places where grass cuttings and leaves are piled to gently decompose. Rake and bag any organic debris of this type, and follow up with your flea spray. Raking will disturb the flea's habitat and allow your product to penetrate and hopefully kill the fleas.

Target Areas in Your Yard Where your Pet Spends Most of Her Time

Fleas will also naturally congregate and lay eggs near where your pet spends most of her outdoor time. Depending on the weather, your pet may naturally gravitate to a deck or patio, a dog house, or even under a porch. Be sure to concentrate your spraying in these areas to maximize your chances for removing fleas from your yard.


About the Author

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Virginia Franco has more than 15 years experience freelance writing. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the education magazine "My School Rocks" and Franco has a master's degree in social work with an emphasis in health care from the University of Maryland and a journalism degree from the University of Richmond.