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