How to Kill Ticks & Fleas in the Yard

Overview

Ticks and fleas can be huge nuisances in your yard. These insects are often more annoying than larger insects for one main reason---they are hard to see. Smaller than mosquitoes, ants, spiders, and other pests, they lurk in the yard stealthily waiting for another host to pray upon. Ticks pose a problem for humans because they can carry Lyme Disease. Fleas are largely a problem for pets. The good news is that it is fairly easy to kill ticks and fleas in the yard.

Step 1

Determine where ticks and fleas might be a problem in your yard. Ticks and fleas like overgrown, cool, and shaded areas. Generally they do not live in sunny, dry and well-mowed areas.

Step 2

Remove unruly brush and weeds. For woody brush, use a hand saw to cut to the ground. For tall grass and weeds, use a brush trimmer. Mow your grass short and don't let it get tall between mowings.

Step 3

Spray your yard with Talstar or Demon WP. Mix the concentrate into water according to the instructions and apply to your yard with a pump-up sprayer. Concentrate on shaded areas, moist areas, under trees, and bare areas of ground because if you have a large yard, spraying the entire yard may not be economical.

Step 4

Repeat the application every 90 days to continue to keep the flea and tick population at bay.

Tips and Warnings

  • Read the appropriate safety labels on the container. Avoid getting the product on your skin and in your eyes. Spray on a day that has fairly calm winds.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand saw
  • Brush trimmer
  • Lawn mower
  • Pump-up sprayer
  • Talstar or Demon WP pesticide
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves

References

  • ePestSupply: Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks
  • ePestSupply: Demon WP
  • ePestSolutions: Demon WP Insecticide
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