How to Control Fleas and Ticks in Your Yard

Overview

Fleas and ticks lie lurking in your grass just waiting for a pet or human to come strolling by. Both fleas and ticks survive by attaching themselves to a host for a blood meal. Fleas and ticks can transmit diseases to their host. If you find fleas or ticks in your yard, you will want to get rid of them as soon as possible. This can be done both naturally, or with chemicals.

Step 1

Remove debris from your yard, and clean it up. Fleas and ticks love tall grass and shady places to hide. Rake up and dispose of your leaves, mow your grass, and get rid of weeds. Keeping up with this chore will keep the fleas and ticks in your yard under control.

Step 2

Get a bag of food-grade diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it around your yard. Both fleas and ticks have exoskeletons that can be pierced when they come in contact with the diatomaceous earth. This keeps fleas and ticks from being able to retain water. They will dehydrate and die. The best part about using food-grade diatomaceous earth is that it is safe to use around pets and children.

Step 3

Add nematodes to your yard. Nematodes are tiny roundworms that eat ticks and fleas. Nematodes are very aggressive and do a great job at controlling the flea and tick population in your yard. They are sold in garden stores. You have to mix the package with water according to the instructions. You then spray them all over your lawn. Pretty soon you will notice that your fleas and ticks have completely disappeared.

Step 4

Spread cedar chips around your yard. Fleas and ticks hate the scent of cedar chips. This will not kill the fleas or ticks, but it will help you control them.

Step 5

Use a chemical pesticide to kill the fleas and ticks. Use a liquid pesticide if you notice a large amount of fleas or ticks. If you only see a few fleas and ticks, stick with the granules. The granules will kill ticks or fleas that are ready to hatch, while the liquid pesticides work to kill the adult fleas and ticks. Carbaryl and pyrethroids are good choices.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure you protect your outdoor pets against fleas and ticks with a monthly flea medication. Otherwise, they will become infested when they go outside, and bring the fleas and ticks inside with them.

Things You'll Need

  • Food-grade diatomaceous earth
  • Nematodes
  • Chemical pesticide

References

  • Wolf Creek Ranch: Natural Flea and Tick Treatment Remedies for Pets Diatomaceous Earth
  • Rid of Fleas: Get Rid of Fleas in the Yard
  • Entomological Sciences Program: Tick Control Around the Home
Keywords: fleas, ticks, yard ticks

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