If you have a dog or cat, there’s a good chance you’ll need to know how to get rid of fleas in the yard. Treating your yard for a flea infestation will help with flea control and keep the fleas from hopping onto your four-legged family member, which is likely to bring them into the house.
Even if your pet is treated with regular flea-prevention medication, some pests are bound to show up. So making your yard a flea-free zone is just one more defensive step you can take against unwanted adult fleas and larvae.
The first way to get rid of your flea infestation is to determine if you have any fleas in your yard.
Here’s a simple test from the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management program: Pull a pair of white socks on, up to your calves. Walk around your yard, especially in areas where your pet goes. If your yard has fleas, you’ll see them against your socks. Gross!
It’s time for flea control and maybe insecticide (always read the product label before you spray). And consider treating pet bedding and getting a flea collar to prevent a further recurrence. Here’s how rid your yard of an infestation of adult fleas and larvae.
- 1. Flea spray
- 2. Diatomaceous earth
- 3. Nematodes
- 4. Critter control
- 5. Cleanup
- Garden Plants That Help Fight Fleas Naturally
- 3 Plants That Repel Ticks and Fleas from Your Yard
- About Fleas and Ticks
- Plants That Deter Fleas and Ticks
- Plants & Leaves That Kill Fleas
- Other plants
- Flea Killers: 9 Best Flea Spray for Yard 2020 Reviewed
- 1. Pivot 10 IGR Concentrate – #1 Yard Flea Spray
- 2. Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Yard Spray – #2 Yard Spray
- 3. Flea and Tick Yard and Premise Spray, 32 oz, Advantage
- 4. Wondercide Natural Flea Yard Spray – For Fleas, Mosquitoes & Insects
- 5. Adams Plus Yard Spray, 32 Oz – (8,000 sq ft) for 4 Weeks
- 6. Envincio ExciteR 6% Pyrethrin Yard Flea Concentrate (Flies, Mosquitoes Ticks, Bees)
- 7. BioSpot Active Care Yard & Garden Spray
- 8. Archer IGR Syngenta Growth Regulators (IGRs)
- 9. Wondercide Ready-to-Spray Natural Flea
- Considerations in Best Flea Spray for Yard
- Flea Spray FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- 3 Home Remedies for Treating Yard Fleas
- Are There Any Home Remedies In Treating Your Yard From Fleas?
- The Best Flea Killer For Your Yard (Review) in 2020
- Best Flea Killer For Your Yard Buying Guide
- What to Consider When Buying a Flea Treatment for Yard
- Why You Should Use a Flea Spray for Yard
- How to Check Your Yard for Flea Infestation
- Best Ways to Kill Fleas in the Yard
- How Soon Will You See Results?
- Best Flea Killer For Your Yard FAQ:
- Flea Control and How to Get Rid of Fleas
- Recommended Flea Control Treatment (Inside and Outside the House)
- Get Rid of Fleas Inside The House
- Recommended flea control using growth inhibitors (IGRs) and liquid insecticides
- Indoor Flea Kits
- Indoor and Outdoor Flea Kit and Outdoor Flea Kit
- Aerosols : Best Choice for Hard Surfaces Inside (May be used on carpets and rugs)
- Outside Treatments: Exterior Flea and Tick Control: Granules and Liquid Concentrates
- Treating for Fleas On Your Pet
1. Flea spray
One surefire way to treat your yard is with a pesticide or insecticide.
“Using a sprayer with insecticide on your yard can cut down on flea and insect populations,” says Dr. Philip Koehler, a professor at the University of Florida who specializes in urban entomology.
He suggests one containing pyriproxyfen.
“In our experiments, we found that pyriproxyfen, an insect growth regulator, was effective in preventing fleas from developing into the adult stage for seven months,” Koehler says.
You probably don’t need to spray the whole yard with insecticide. Flea larvae won’t survive bright sunlight or areas with heavy foot traffic, according to a University of California IPM fact sheet. Instead, focus the spray on the areas where your pets play and rest.
2. Diatomaceous earth
Want to get rid of fleas the natural way? Diatomaceous earth, made from the fossils of tiny aquatic organisms, is a common substance used to get rid of fleas, flea eggs, bedbugs, spiders, and a whole host of common household insects.
When the substance comes in contact with insects, it kills them by drying out their exoskeleton. Food-grade diatomaceous earth can be applied dry or sprayed as a liquid, depending on the formulation you buy. Apply it on the ground or other flea-infested areas.
Nematodes, tiny, wormlike creatures that live under the soil, are another nontoxic natural remedy for killing fleas in infested areas. Nematodes kill fleas in their pupae, larval, and pre-adult stages, providing a natural method for keeping the pests under control, according to MotherEarthNews.com.
They are specifically sold for yard pest control and infestations; just mix them with water, and spray or sprinkle them on your lawn.
If you’re looking for a temporary, effective way to get rid of these pests, try giving your pet a bath with Dawn dish soap.
This flea treatment is a home remedy that essentially drowns fleas as you scrub and rinse. Or sprinkle over-the-counter boric acid lightly onto carpets and furniture, give it a good scrub, and then vacuum up flea eggs and the excess powder.
4. Critter control
Another key component in flea control: getting rid of wild critters.
“Fleas can hitch a ride on wild animals or wild cats,” Koehler says. “These wild animals should be prevented from using your yard and transporting more fleas there.”
Carefully assess your yard for any indication of wildlife—including rabbits, rats, squirrels, and raccoons. You may need to construct a fence, or shore up an existing barrier, to keep wild or stray animals off your property.
Other areas you may need to critter-proof are places they like to hide, such as under porches or decks.
Make sure to keep grass mowed—even those hidden patches in the corners of your yard. Fleas and other insects love areas of tall and overgrown weeds, so keep them well-trimmed.
Clear out piles of lumber or other debris that may be languishing in remote spots. Removing these will discourage flea infestation (and larger, flea-harboring wildlife). Take a look at your mulch, too.
“Replacing soiled mulch with fresh mulch may help eliminate flea-friendly microenvironments,” says Lynn Braband, a community educator with Cornell University’s Integrated Pest Management program.
Common lore recommends using cedar chips to discourage fleas, because they don’t like the smell. But Koehler says that strictly speaking, any type of mulch will do.
“We found that cedar mulch did not have an effect on flea populations on pets,” he says.
Garden Plants That Help Fight Fleas Naturally
By Linda Cole
It’s that time of year when pesky fleas begin popping up in the home and on your pet. Planting certain garden plants around your home and in the areas where your pets wander can help deter and repel those little pests. Now is the time to plan your garden to include some plants that can help control fleas naturally.
Many of the same herbs used in cooking, baking and teas work well to help deter and repel fleas. However, not all plants are safe for use around dogs and cats. Tansy, Wormwood, Eucalyptus, Fleawort, Pennyroyal (also called Fleabane), Rue, Citronella and Sweet Bay are garden plants that can help repel fleas and they are suggested for use as natural flea control, but all of them are toxic to dogs and cats. Since most gardens are visited by neighborhood cats or dogs, it’s best to avoid using these plants in gardens or around the yard.
Mints are one of my favorite garden plants because they can be used in baking, cooking and teas, and they have a wonderful smell. I have chocolate mint growing around my dog pen and the foundation of the house. All varieties of mint work well to repel fleas. One thing I love about my chocolate mint is when one of the dogs wanders through a patch of mint, they have a minty smell that clings to them for awhile and at the same time, it repels some of the fleas on them. And if one of the dogs decides to munch on some of the mint, I know it’s safe and won’t hurt them.
All of the mints are invasive plants, so if you don’t want a yard full of mint, plant them in pots that can be buried in the ground so you can contain this plant in one area. You should plant different varieties away from each other to keep them from cross pollinating. Mints are perennial plants and inexpensive to buy. They’re hardy, easy to grow and can withstand harsh winter snows and cold.
Catnip: anyone who shares their home with a cat can’t go wrong with catnip in their garden. A member of the mint family, this plant is a natural repellent for fleas and safe for both cats and dogs. You might want to carefully choose where you want to plant catnip because it will attract outside cats. Placing this plant alongside your prized flower beds may not be the best choice.
Sage is thick bush that grows up to three feet tall. It’s the largest member in the mint family.
Rosemary is also a member of the mint family. Be careful when planting Rosemary, however. You want to make sure to get the herb plant, which is safe for pets and not Rosemary Pea or Rosemary Bog because they are toxic for dogs and cats.
Chamomile is a good plant to have in gardens because it not only repel fleas, but it’s believed the Chamomile plant can help keep other plants in the garden healthy. I’ve never tried it myself, but it’s been said that if you have a sickly looking plant that’s not growing well, plant a Chamomile next to it. This plant has little daisy like flowers.
Lavender is another member of the mint family. This plant is safe for pets and not only repels fleas, but moths and mosquitoes too. Lavender is a good plant to have in the area of your yard where you like to gather for outside outings with family and friends and where your pets play.
Lemon Grass is a perfect companion to Lavender because it too will repel mosquitoes and fleas. And yes, it does smell like lemon.
When you plant any of the above plants around your home’s foundation and in areas where your pets spend time when outside, these plants can help repel fleas and other pests. You can take dried or fresh leaves and sprinkle them in your pet’s bedding and across entryways into the home to keep fleas from entering through a door. Dried leaves can also be used in sachet packets that can be placed around the home or you can sprinkle dried leaves on carpets, under furniture and around baseboards to help repel fleas.
None of these plants will kill fleas; they only repel them, but by placing the plants in the right areas of your yard, you can use their unique ability to help keep fleas away from your pets and your home. When dealing with fleas, we need to use every weapon we can find. Julia Williams’ article, “Debunking Seven Myths about the Mighty Flea,” gives you an idea what we are up against when it comes to this annoying little pest.
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3 Plants That Repel Ticks and Fleas from Your Yard
Now that the weather’s warmer and the ground is wet with rain, it’s time to start thinking about protection from irritating and dangerous external parasites. You and your pets are going to be spending more time outside, so you need to be on alert, especially when it comes to two blood-sucking pests like fleas and ticks. External parasites can carry and transmit diseases to humans and animals, so it’s important to remain diligent to avoid health issues. While it may seem like chemical pesticides are the only answer, you can actually turn to a few key garden plants to help deter fleas and ticks. It’s better for the environment (and a whole lot prettier!).
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About Fleas and Ticks
Many people make the mistake of thinking fleas and ticks are in the same family. Fleas are insects while ticks are arachnids, more closely related to spiders. Fleas are noticeably smaller than ticks, but both can be difficult to spot on the skin. Unlike ticks, fleas are known to cause home infestations.
Both pests feed on blood and cause an irritating bite that leaves behind a red mark on the skin. Fleas can transmit tapeworms and certain types of ticks can transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These diseases can cause serious health issues if left untreated. The warmer months of the year are known as flea and tick season—both pests prefer moist, humid areas.
As overall temperatures rise across the United States, both fleas and ticks pose a larger problem for humans and pets. Ticks, in particular, are spiking in population, resulting in more reports of tick-infested disease.
Plants That Deter Fleas and Ticks
Like other garden pests, fleas and ticks are deterred by plants with particular smells. By planting these plants in your garden, you can cut down the number of pests entering your yard and avoid problems like infestations and disease.
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Many fragrant herbs are good options for natural tick and flea repellent. Herbal essential oils are often used in eco-friendly pest repellents. Rosemary, in particular, has a scent so strong that you can sprinkle sprigs around the garden to keep pests at bay. This herb also repels aphids, mites, and flies.
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Wormwood, also known as Artemisia, is a compact ornamental perennial that has dense, silver foliage. The leaves are aromatic and deter fleas and ticks from your garden. Besides being a repellent for ticks, fleas, and moths, it can be used to make tea and is the main ingredient in absinthe.
Garlic is part of the Allium family and has been used in the kitchen for centuries. Although we love the flavor that garlic adds to our food, fleas and ticks dislike the smell and taste of this plant. You can spread crushed garlic cloves around the perimeter of your yard to stop fleas and ticks (and even deer!) from entering your space.
You may already have these plants in your garden or raised bed—if so, you’re already one step closer to a safe, pest-free yard. If not, try working them into your garden plan this year. Doing so will help keep your family and pets safer during the warm summer months.
Plants & Leaves That Kill Fleas
If you have fleas, then you have a real concern for wanting to get rid of fleas naturally. You can grow several varieties of plants that will help deter fleas from your yard and home. Texas A&M University also recommends giving your dog or cat a good bath and using a flea comb to get the fleas out of fur. Before choosing any plant, do your research to find out any possible allergic or toxic reactions that may occur to yourself or your pet.
Pennyroyal is known for repelling fleas. According to Colorado State University, however, it also can cause an allergic or even toxic reaction in pets when rubbed into the skin. People have died from consuming tea that contains pennyroyal leaves. So, if you decide to plant pennyroyal plants, extreme caution needs to be taken.
Lavender is an aromatic plant that deters fleas. The oils from the plant, when rubbed into the skin, also keep fleas away. When planted outside, they deter common garden pests, such as white flies and moths. If you harvest the lavender leaves and petals and dry them, you can add them to your pet’s bed to protect it while it sleeps.
Chrysanthemums are planted for the beauty they add to a garden, but they also have a purpose for pet owners in that they kill fleas. They have a chemical compound that disables the fleas’ nervous system and eventually kills them. The insecticide Pyrethrins is made from this chemical and can be bought from garden stores.
Wormwood is an herb that grows as a shrub and, when planted near a dog’s outdoor kennel, will help keep fleas away, as well as gnats and other pests. When you crush the leaves, add it to apple cider vinegar, and apply it to the animal’s fur, it will help deter the fleas on contact.
Other plants that act as flea deterrents are garlic, rosemary, marigolds, anything from the mint family, fennel and sage. Catnip also repels fleas and has the added benefit of keeping your cat happy.
Below, I’ve reviewed the best flea spray for yard. But first, the ideal flea spray for yard must contain Insect Growth Regulators and be safe and non-allergic to humans and pets.
So, with one of these sprays, you can flea-treat the yard, bushes, grass, and the perimeter of your house on contact.
Top on this list is Pivot 10 IGR (with 10% Pyriproxyfen – pyridine). Pivot 10 IGR works like a juvenile hormone to stop the reproduction cycle of fleas (larvae & adults), roaches, and ants.
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1. Pivot 10 IGR Concentrate – #1 Yard Flea Spray
Pivot 10 IGR is both UV- and photo-stable (.i.e. it won’t lose its effectiveness due to sunlight for up to 14 days), which makes it suitable for your yard or indoor (alone or mixed with adulticides).
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With the 110 ml bottle, you can flea treat a large yard of up to 41,250 square meters. You can apply the insecticide through ultra-low volume (ULV) (spraying) or fogging. For yard flea control, use 7 ml of Pivot 10 IGR per 1000 cubic feet to spray all flea breeding areas like grass, shady stretches, garages, and patios.
For flea prevention in the yard, use 5-7 ml of Pivot 10 IGR per water gallon. Luckily, this pyridine-based insecticide is also safe for pets and cats (just like borax), indoor or outdoor spaces, and both food or non-food handling areas like places where food will be served, prepared or processed.
Pivot 10 IGR has a very long residue effect – about 7 months. This means that it’ll continue killing fleas in your yard for a period of 7 months after the initial application. It’ll also control flies, flying insects, litter beetles, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and crickets.
You can use foaming (with 7 ml of Pivot 10 IGR per water gallon plus a foaming agent) to control flies in any slow-moving drain (this is comparable to how authorized drain cleaners works).
- Long residue effect – about 7 months of continuous flea protection
- Has a photo-stable formula – thus it won’t lose its flea-killing power if exposed to sunlight.
- Safe for pets and cats
- Kills many yard pests and insects including crickets, mosquitoes, ants, roaches, beetles, ticks, and fleas
- May be dangerous to mammals like squirrels or even birds when not fully dry.
2. Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Yard Spray – #2 Yard Spray
Need a natural flea solution that’ll offer routine flea prevention? Or you need the top fleas sprays for you home. Well, Vet’s Best Flea Spray is made from essential oils (steam-distilled) and plant-based natural ingredients like 0.70% eugenol, 0.30% peppermint oil and clove).
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So, Vet’s Best Flea Spray has no harsh chemical and thus won’t damage your trees, shrubs, and flowers in your yard or even irritate your skin. It’s also safe to use around cats and dogs during or even after spraying.
The insecticide will flea treat a yard of about 4,500 square-feet covered with grass and turf. Luckily, its also suitable for use on your patios, concrete, asphalt, and decks. Interestingly, the natural ingredients will kill adult fleas, flea larvae, and their eggs.
Finally, Vet’s Best Flea Spray is easy to use. You’ll simply require to connect the spray bottle to the available garden hose. Next, switch on the water, press the lock button and turn its nozzle to the “on point”. Its also very safe to use in your house or apply it on the pets skin or fur.
If use around the house (beyond just the yard), Vet’s Best Flea Spray will leave no stains even on places that the pets eat, play, sleep or live. However, you’ll need to test a small area like on pant legs or shoes before you undertake full-blown spraying.
Now, point the spray nozzle on any direction in your yard or lawn to spray. However, ensure that you flea-spray the yard area evenly and avoid forming a puddle.
- Its formula is non-staining and thus great for outdoor or indoor spraying
- Safe around kids and pets like cats or dogs
- Will kill ticks, flea eggs and adult fleas through direct contact
- Has a attractive fragrance – clove
- Its an environmentally-friendly (and all-natural) flea killer
- If applied frequently, it repels both ticks and fleas
- Some yard owners may not love the clove fragrance
- You might to apply multiple times
3. Flea and Tick Yard and Premise Spray, 32 oz, Advantage
Your yard will definitely be where most of the fleas infestations start. Therefore, I also recommend using this Advantage Yard Spray as it’ll fight the fleas at their source. Luckily, the flea spray is made using very powerful but safe ingredients hiding in the yard, patio, deck, and house.
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When you leave your yard un-sprayed with a good product like Advantage Yard Spray, these fleas may hitch-hike your cats and bring them to the house. You’ll love that the bottle will spray fleas effectively on a yard area of 16,000 sq ft and thus you might not require to buy multiple bottles.
A great product for killing fleas and ticks in your yard before your pet brings them indoors. You’ll need to spray every 3-4 weeks, which is about the average for all the products listed in our guide.
Advantage Yard Spray also comes with an easy-to-use hose attachment. You can use it on lawns, patios, sidewalks, and driveways. Definitely, for controlling a massive flea infestation in your premises or house, I recommend using flea foggers.
Good for larger yards. But you’ll need to be cautions and adhere to the spraying instructions – this will include that you’ll have to keep the cat away to allow the formula to dry – this helps prevent cat poisoning.
- Ease of application with the provided hose attachment
- Bottle enough to flea-treat a large yard (about 16,000 sq ft)
- Will exterminate the fleas in their source (yard) before they hitch-hike any cat in your home
- Keep cats away until the Advantage Yard Spray dries – this prevents cat poisoning.
4. Wondercide Natural Flea Yard Spray – For Fleas, Mosquitoes & Insects
Top of the list is Wondercide Flea Spray that’ll allow you to control a spectrum of yard pests like fleas, ticks, mosquito, and roaches. Cedar oil (active ingredient) blocks the production of octopamine, which hinders the normal functioning of the fleas’ heart rate, movement, and metabolism.
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Just like the Pivot 10 IGR Concentrate described above, this Wondercide Ready-to-Spray will kill fleas in all their development stages – egg, larvae pupa and adults fleas.
Cedar oil makes the insecticide safe for kids, pupies and kittens, flowers, and useful pests like butterflies and bees that are in your yard. But you’ll need to repeat the insecticide application within 2-3 days – but the intensity may vary depending on how badly your lawn is infested.
Wondercide Flea spray is a “spray-and-use” model and thus you can use your yard shortly after spraying – it’s eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable. The 32 oz concentrate can flea (or yard) treat a yard area of 8,000 square feet.
The refillable bottle has a ready-to-use nozzle that’ll simplify the spraying process. Exterminating the fleas will prevent itching from flea bites and avoid the spread of diseases like the bubonic plague.
Flea sprays (liquid or aerosol) like this Wondercide spray are contact-killing flea control solutions. But Insect growth regulator (IGR) like other Pyrethroids, among other insecticides, also effective against yard fleas.
- Wondercide Flea spray will readily repel ticks, ants, mosquito, and fleas. Further, the formula works well in preventing hatching of the eggs from these pests.
- The bottle will easily flea treat and average yard of about 8,000 sq ft and will also be safe to use on lawns or yard that have bees.
- The formula has no chemicals since its made using natural cedar oil – this was also used from ancient ages to safely control different kinds of pests.
- Finally, Wondercide Flea spray is delivered in the very convenient ready-to-use formula, which makes it easy to use.
- Won’t kill or repel ticks
5. Adams Plus Yard Spray, 32 Oz – (8,000 sq ft) for 4 Weeks
Next is the Adams Plus Yard Flea Spray, which offers your protection against pests such as fleas, ants, and mosquitos for about 4 weeks. Application by sweeping motion guarantee you cover areas that have high flea movement.
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It’s suitable for indoor (in the house to control adult fleas) and in the outdoor spaces (like yards, gardens, and lawns). However, for best pest control outcomes using this formula you’ll require to trim down the foliage, branches, and grass 1-2 days before you begin the treatment.
Just attach it to your hose to spray your lawn, rose, trees, bushes, and flowers and enjoy up to 4 weeks protection against the pests and your pet’s fur won’t be damaged. It can be used indoors and outdoors.
Luckily, this flea control solution will easily treat about 5,000 square feet of your lawn, yard, or garden. It’ll repel and exterminate the adult fleas hiding in your lawn while waiting to jump onto humans and pets. It has a hose nozzle ensuring that spraying will be easy and safe.
Adams Plus Yard Flea Spray contains 2.5% permethrin that’ll enable the product to kill all flea stages including adults, larvae and eggs. This permethrin is highly potent to treat your yard and home furniture against bugs like crickets, ants, cockroaches, silverfish, roaches, spiders, mosquito, and ticks.
- Comes with a hose nozzle for easy spraying
- Will flea treat an average yard effectively (about 5,000 square feet)
- Kills, repels and controls fleas in your yard for 4 weeks after application
- Controls a wide range of lawn pests including crickets, ants, cockroaches, silverfish, roaches, spiders, mosquito, and ticks.
- Only intended for yard treatment – not pets
6. Envincio ExciteR 6% Pyrethrin Yard Flea Concentrate (Flies, Mosquitoes Ticks, Bees)
Key features are that Envincio ExciteR 6% Pyrethrin is for outdoor use, 1 gallon will cover 750 square feet, and its contains Pyrethrin (6%) & 60% Piperonyl Butoxide and thus will organically eliminate the fleas and other pests in your yard.
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Envincio ExciteR 6% Pyrethrin is a liquid insecticide that contains Pyrethrin (a natural ingredient) that’ll readily kill and repel fleas, and other dangerous insects like bees, flies, and mosquitos.
Equally, because it has natural active ingredients, this concentrate will be safe for your pets and plants (including flowers and gardens). Further, you can use the concentrated product to exterminate different insects using different methods.
Lawn owners may utilize this formulation to flea-treat their spaces either using a pump sprayer or a fogger. In addition, you may boost the power of other insecticides using this Envincio ExciteR 6% Pyrethrin concentrate as an additive.
As noted above, a gallon of this product will easily flea treat 750 square feet or gardens, yard, or around buildings even in places near animals. However, you must ensure to cover even crevices and cracks – after mixing the product with cover surfaces and water.
- Contains 6% Pyrethrin – a natural active ingredient
- Natural and odorless concentrate
- The product can be used safely around buildings or near pets and kids
- Its fast-acting and has a long residue effect – long lasting
- Can use ExciteR 6% Pyrethrin concentrate as an additive to boost power of other insecticides
- Used in different methods like spray pumps, or foggers
- Relatively pricey
7. BioSpot Active Care Yard & Garden Spray
BioSpot Active Care contains 2.5% Permethrin and will control fleas and cover your yard for about 4 weeks – this is is what is denoted as active care against fleas and other harmful insects. Long residue effect – its one of the longer lasting yard flea sprays available.
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You can spray the BioSpot Active Care formula on the lawn, trees, roses, and flower without damaging them. It’ll cover your yard against a variety of insects including fleas, gnats, and mosquito.
This is one of the best yard sprays for adult flea control. BioSpot Active Care Yard & Garden Spray is effective in killing fleas and keeping them away from your pets.
This means you don’t have to spray as often and still enjoy the benefits of remaining flea-free. It does contain some pretty toxic ingredients so be very careful in letting pets near the sprayed area until completely dry. However, this is the price you pay for an effective, potent solution. It’s Long-lasting and Fast-acting.
You can apply on building foundations up to a height of about 3 feet. For the outdoor spaces, you can aply on the yard, doors, windows, porches, patios, driveways, and sidewalks. However, don’t apply on drains and sewers or or gutter as such water will eventually drain to aquatic habitat, water bodies, storm drains, and sewers.
Another related product is the NyGuard Insect Growth Regulator – This is probably the best solution for very large yards, covering over 52,000 square feet. NyGuard also disrupts the entire flea life cycle, making it highly effective. It Disrupts entire flea life cycle, Long-lasting, Great for large yards, and Can also be used indoors.
- Has a long residue effect – covers your yard actively for about 4 weeks
- Covers your yard against fleas, Grasshoppers, ticks, Millipedes, flies, Leafminers, mosquitoes, Bagworms, Japanese beetles, and gnats.
- Safe to use even on roses, turf, flowers, shrubs, vegetation, trees, and lawns.
- Toxic to your aquatic organisms including invertebrates and fish
8. Archer IGR Syngenta Growth Regulators (IGRs)
Archer IGR is another great flea spray that kills flea eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults. However, with coverage of 24,000 square feet, Archer is not as effective for larger yards as its competitors.
Price On Amazon It is also a very expensive product for such a low coverage: Disrupts entire flea life cycle, Long-lasting and Can also be used indoors.
Archer IGR also has pyriproxyfen – it’ll readily disrupts the fleas’ life-cycle like various IGRs available in the market. In addition, Archer IGR offer longer-term flea control by preventing the maturing of the baby fleas into adults.
Equally, Archer IGR like other IGR products will work effectively if mixed with adulticides that’ll help exterminate the foraging workers like the Demon WP. In fact, such a combination has been documented to kill above 90% of a flea population within 2 months.
Martin’s I.G. Regulator (For small yards) is one of the best flea sprays for small yards, covering up 6,000 square feet. Martin’s is also great in killing fleas across their entire life cycle and can be used indoors too.
SENTRY HOME Yard and Premise Spray – Not only does this product kill adult fleas, but larvae and eggs too. This means you stop the problem at its source.
One drawback is that it only covers a small area (up to 2,667 square feet) so you’ll need to buy more than one bottle if you have a bigger yard. Its Long-lasting and disrupts the entire flea life cycle.
- Pyriproxyfen disrupts the flea’ life cycle
- Offers longer-term flea control solution
- Kills all fleas in the cycle – eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults
- When mixed with adulticides, it’ll kill all the foraging fleas
- Relatively expensive
9. Wondercide Ready-to-Spray Natural Flea
A non-toxic product is always a win and that’s why we love the Wondercide brand. This yard flea spray is safe to use around your pets and young children too. This is because it lacks harsh chemicals like synthetic pesticides, fragrances, or artificial colors.
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Not only does it kill adults, but it also kills the eggs, larvae, and pupae. It may not last as long as the other products but that’s quite common for organic products. Its organic and non-toxic, safe around pets and disrupts the entire flea life cycle.
Cutter Backyard Bug Control Spray Concentrate is probably best known for killing mosquitoes. But it’s also quick and effective in killing adult fleas. Luckily, the flea control spray will be safe to use around kids, dogs, and cats.
While the brand claims that the spray will last up to 12 weeks, it’s more likely to last around 4 weeks or less. And you’re likely to have to reapply each time it rains.
Wondercide spray will flea-treat about 4,000 square feet. However, you’ll need to regulate the application speed and pressure for the spray to cover about 4,000 to 5,000 square feet. You can safely use the product on areas like your paint, brick, siding, flowers, vegetables, patios, gardens, and lawns.
- All you need to do is attach the sprayer to your hose and you’re ready to spray on your lawn, trees, flowers, bushes, and concrete areas.
- Cheap and Fast acting.
- Easy to use with the garden hose that you can attach and spray directly
- The cheapest product on our list that still does a decent job.
Considerations in Best Flea Spray for Yard
Buying flea sprays for your yard is different from buying flea control products for inside your home. But remember – prevention is better than cure! Check the best yard snake repellents. Here’s what we’ve taken into consideration in putting this guide together:
1. Ease-of-use and Duration:
The flea sprays for yards we’ve reviewed can be used with a garden sprayer. Some even come with a very handy hose applicator. Most of the products we’ve reviewed last 3-4 weeks.
How long does the spray last? – The longer the duration, the less frequently you’ll need to spray your yard. Most flea yard sprays last 3-4 weeks, despite what the product labels may claim. Cheaper sprays will wash away in the rain.
Where can it be used? – Check whether the spray can be used on lawns, flowers, shrubs, and sidewalks. While it’s hard to find sprays that can be safely used on vegetable patches, you want to make sure that most of your yard is covered. Some sprays can even be used indoors, giving you great value for money.
2. Coverage and Whether it only kills adult fleas:
Is it suitable for small or large yards? Some yard sprays are very effective in killing adult fleas quickly on contact. However, these probably won’t kill the eggs and larvae. This means you’ll need to spray again after the fleas have hatched and grown.
How much area does the spray cover? –If you have a small yard, then a lower capacity will do. But for larger yards, you either want to buy a higher capacity spray or end up getting multiple bottles. So it’s important to check the coverage.
Is the yard spray effective for the entire flea life cycle? This is probably the most important thing for you to consider when choosing a flea spray for your yard. If you’re looking for a cheap, quick solution, then get a yard spray that only kills adult fleas.
However, as we’ve shown in our guide, the most effective sprays are those that kill flea eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults. While these are more expensive, they are your best solution for long-lasting results.
3. Whether it’s also effective before the adult stage:
For the best results, you want to use sprays that get to the source of the problem: flea eggs, larvae, and pupae.
These sprays are more expensive but far more effective. On the flip side, these sprays are less toxic to adult fleas – so you’ll either have to wait longer (8-10 days) before they die, or combine with other sprays for faster results.
4. Whether it uses natural or chemical ingredients:
Generally, flea sprays for yards that contain chemicals are more effective. But there are a few good, non-toxic solutions available too.
Remember: always follow all instructions carefully. Not only is this important for safety reasons but will also ensure you get the best results.
Is it safe to use around your pets? – Always read the ingredients, instructions and warning labels carefully. Some sprays are made with natural ingredients and may be safe to use around your pets.
With other sprays, you’ll need to remove your pet first before spraying and also wait until it dries completely before bringing pets back into the yard.
Flea Spray FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. Can Fleas Infest My Yard?
Definitely, Yes! Fleas will readily infest and multiply in your yards or lawns as they have a favorable environment. But you can effectively cut down on the number and frequency of flea attacks in the yard by trimming vegetation, tree branches, and grass.
Trimming the excessive foliage will cut down on the available dark areas that you’ll see in your garden or lawn. This significantly cuts down on the favorable shady conditions needed by fleas larvae to survive. On the short term, I recommend using chemical flea treatment as some may not exterminate the flea larvae and eggs.
Therefore, for a long term control of these bugs, you’ll need to consider various methods of bug control that are readily available.
2. How Long will Fleas Live in my Yard?
Adult Fleas and different pests will mainly be lying on the underside, neck and back of dogs and cats. However, in cases of massive flea attacks, you may find the bugs lying or jumping around your bedroom, on the carpet or the pet’s bedding.
However, definitely the fleas must be coming from another area before they land on your way in the house. This is the place where we consider the yard as the breeding and feeding ground for the bugs.
The yard provides a shady, humid, and moist environment is a favorable for the breeding and growth of fleas. This will be even better if there are tall grasses or wood piles lying around the yard. Check the public parks and dog houses for evidence of flea infestations.
3 Home Remedies for Treating Yard Fleas
Using pesticide sprays among other chemical flea control methods is considered the best method to control fleas in every yard. But there are other home remedies that are equally effective for someone who would like to try a DIY method. So, check the below home remedies:
1. Diatomaceous earth
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) for fleas has silica shards that’ll cut through the fleas’ waxy exoskeleton causing dehydration and eventual death or the bugs and the flea larvae.
Luckily, the Food-grade DE will be safe to use around human beings and animals. Avoid the DE that’s used in charcoal filters or swimming pool.
The razor-sharp edges of the crushed Diatomaceous Earth will kill the fleas through dehydration. However, ensure to wear kitchen or garden gloves to avoid drying the hands.
The next step will be sprinkling DE on soft furniture, dog beds, and carpet. Allow DE to settle and do its magic for about 3 days. Vacuum the surfaces thoroughly to kill fleas, their eggs, and also larvae.
2. Dawn Dish soap
Dawn dish soap is a great non-chemical solution to kill fleas. It damages the exoskeletons of fleas and thus kill them. It’ll break the waxy layer in the bug’s respiratory system allowing water to enter and thus suffocation.
Further, the dawn dish soap reduces the surface tension in water and thus causing the fleas to drown after sinking – and thus functions like a surfactant.
3. Fine salt
Next, sea salt or household salt will kill fleas is it is finely ground. You’ll simply need to sprinkle the fine salt on the infested areas such as furniture or carpets – allow 12 to 48 hours.
Sprinkling the finely-ground salt and spraying some water over it makes a recipe to kill fleas. You can use this process in pens of poultry, hogs, or horses.
Also, as the saltwater continues drying, it’ll absorb water and moisture from the surrounding and thus kill the bugs through desiccation.
We’ve shown you some of the best flea sprays for yards that we could find. (1) We liked Pivot because it’s great for large yards. More importantly, it kills fleas across their entire life cycle. (2) Similarly, Martin’s also disrupts the entire flea life cycle and is fantastic if you have a small yard.
Basically, chemical treatment can help curb your problem on flea infestations but only for a certain period of time. Furthermore, most pesticides are formulated only to kill adult fleas, leaving behind eggs and larvae to flourish in the future.
For this reason, it is critical to employ other methods of control to make your yard flea free.
Are There Any Home Remedies In Treating Your Yard From Fleas?
Chemical treatment or the use of pesticide is no doubt the most efficient solution in curbing the flea infestation in your yard.
However, there are also other effective alternatives that are easily found inside your home especially when you feel too tired to visit the nearest hardware store.
Here are some effective home remedies in treating your yard from fleas:
Dish soap trap
This trap is made by mixing the dish soap that you usually use and warm water. Secure the mixture in a bowl.
The solution yields a fluid with high viscosity that can effectively trap fleas as well as other types of insect pests that land on it. Place multiple dish soap traps in pre-determined areas of your yard with high flea activity.
Salt is another home remedy that you can count on in your fight against fleas invading your yard. This solution works on fleas of all stages.
Use finely ground salt and sprinkle it throughout your yard especially on shady and moist areas. The salt is an ionic compound and is capable of attracting moisture from its direct environment. Against fleas, the salt works as a dehydration agent desiccating the bodies of fleas, larvae, and even its eggs.
Apart from salt, you can also use diatomaceous earth to dehydrate fleas. DE is a special type of sedimentary rock ground into fine granules. It is basically made of fossilized remains of diatoms. These are aquatic microorganisms whose skeletons are practically made of silica.
Microscopically, granules of diatomaceous earth are razor sharp shells that can easily cut through the exoskeleton of fleas and suck out moisture. However, make sure that you apply DE over dry surface. This special type of sand loses its effectiveness in killing fleas when wet.
The following video will give more tips on getting rid of fleas in your yard.
The Best Flea Killer For Your Yard (Review) in 2020
Best Flea Killer For Your Yard Buying Guide
Before we take a look at how to deal with a flea infestation, it is first important to establish why fleas are so dangerous. So, let’s take a look…
- Flea bite dermatitis
This is the biggest problem fleas provide for pets, and they provide a number of them! Flea bite dermatitis is a specific allergy to flea saliva. If your pet has this, they can suffer from intense scratching and itching, which is incredibly uncomfortable for them.
But it gets worse, as the skin then breaks open because they have been itching so much, and this results in a scab being formed, which can get infected. This can happen on any part of your pet’s skin. Nevertheless, you are most likely to find this on the base of the tail and the back.
- Internal infections
Not only do fleas cause a wide range of external issues, including skin irritation, but they can also cause internal infections too. Tapeworm infection is a prime example of this. If your pet ingests a flea, they can suffer from tapeworms, as the tapeworm is actually inside of the flea and then it begins to grow inside of your pet. Signs of tapeworms include weight loss and an itchy rear end. Anemia is another type of internal infection your bet may suffer from due to flea infestation.
- Human risk
As mentioned, fleas do not only pose a risk to your pet, but they can have a negative impact on your health as well. While fleas do not live on human hair or skin, they can still bite humans, and if the flea is carrying a disease, you can end up catching the likes of cat scratch fever or the plague.
Now that the product section is over, you still may be having some questions about which flea treatment is best for your yard. Well, this is the section where we hope to clear up anything that may still be on your mind. There are plenty of further points of consideration that we will break down here, before discussing why a flea spray is a worthwhile thing to use in the first place. And then we have our frequently asked questions section closely following behind to cover any remaining issues.
What to Consider When Buying a Flea Treatment for Yard
Now that you have an overview of all the different flea and tick yard sprays, there are a few considerations that you will want to make in greater detail. Here are just a few of them.
When you are clearing your home of fleas, you want to do so in the most efficient and effective way possible. So, it is worth looking how easy each of the sprays is to use. Many can be used with a garden hose or have their own host applicator of some description. What you find easiest to use is up to you.
Another crucial piece of information is exactly how long the spray will continue working for. Many last somewhere between three and four weeks, which should be enough time for you to clear your home of the outbreak.
- Coverage Area
You need to think about exactly where you are planning on using the treatment. Do you have a small or a large yard? If it is the latter, you will need a bigger supply that can be applied across a larger area.
Another point that you need to know is the effectiveness of the spray. Some will only work on the adult fleas but not the eggs and larvae. This means that it is likely that you are going to have to spray again. Other sprays will take action against all of the above, but these are also likely to be the more expensive option.
- Natural or Chemical Ingredients
Next on the consideration list is whether the spray uses natural or chemical ingredients. Flea sprays containing chemicals tend to be the most effective ones, but there are also some effective non-toxic sprays available too. Always read and follow any instructions carefully to eliminate any risks.
Why You Should Use a Flea Spray for Yard
Clearing your home and pet of fleas is only the first step to take. If you have not got to work on your yard too, you have only done half of the job. If your pet has favorite areas that they like to go on a regular basis, there is every chance that the fleas are within 50 feed. There are a couple of main reasons why you should use a flea spray for your yard.
Spraying your yard for fleas is an easy way of getting rid of them. There are plenty of sprays that can be used across a host of different surfaces. Generally, you don’t have to spray the whole yard area – you can simply focus on the bits where your dog likes to go in particular. It is the warm shady spots that you should be targeting. Those with a lot of sun exposure don’t require the same treatment.
The other main reason why people rely on these flea sprays for their yard is that they are so darn effective. As you can see from many of the past reviews, the best sprays have an extremely high effectiveness rate on parasites such as ticks and fleas.
How to Check Your Yard for Flea Infestation
As you can see, a flea infestation is the last thing you want to have in your home, for your sake and your pet’s sake. So, how can you tell if you have a problem with fleas? Here are some tell-tale signs that you should be looking out for…
- You can see them: Let’s start by pointing out the obvious; if you can see fleas, then you have a problem! Fleas are flat and they don’t have wings. They are roughly 2.5 mm in length, they have six long legs, and they jump far.
- Your pet is irritated: If your pet is scratching excessively, there is a high chance that they have a problem with fleas. This is especially the case if their skin is red and they have lost hair. For cats, the neck and head are the most commonly targeted areas. For dogs, their hindquarters are most commonly targeted.
Here are some unmistakable signs that your pet is suffering from a flea infestation…
- Flaking skin and scabs – like dandruff deposits.
- Pale gums or anemia.
- Hair loss
- Bumps and welts
- Powdered deposits
- Itching and scratching
- You have been bitten: Another sign that you could have an issue with fleas is if you have been bitten yourself. If you wake up in the morning and you have small red, itchy welts from flea bites on your body, it is probable that fleas are the cause of this. You should check your socks, floor, sheets, and anywhere else that your pets like to hang out to see if there are any specks. These specks could be dead fleas or eggs, and again, this indicates a flea problem.
- Use water and heat: Another effective method for determining if you have a problem is by attempting to attract fleas with heat. You need dishwashing detergent, warm water, a bowl, and a lamp. Simply fill the bowl with warm water and add a bit of detergent to make it a little bit soapy. Place the bowl on the floor and shine the lamp over the water. The fleas will be attached to the light and jump towards it. So, what is the water for? Well, the fleas will jump into the water, and the soap will kill them, so you not only discover whether you have a flea problem, but you do a good job of killing several in the process.
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Best Ways to Kill Fleas in the Yard
There are many different ways that you can kill fleas if you have a problem in your yard. The easiest way is to use one of the products that are featured in the next section. However, there are some other approaches you can use too.
- You can use diatomaceous earth, typically shortened to DE, which is widely used to kill pests, including fleas. The good thing about this approach is that there is no risk of injury or sickness to humans or animals. This product appears like sand – they are tiny grains with sharp edges. The edges are sharp for fleas, as they are so small, but they aren’t a problem for humans. So while they will hurt your pesky pests, you can be sure that you won’t be at risk.
- If you are trying to get rid of fleas in your garden, aside from spraying insecticides, another option is to flood your yard. This can help to kill fleas because it will kill the larvae and eggs. This will help to make certain that future generations of these small and irritating pests are stopped dead in their tracks. Of course, you don’t want to turn your yard into a lake, so do be mindful about how much water you use.
- Another option is to use a flea trap, which is an electronic device. These traps produce a warm light, which has the purpose of luring the flea. The trap that is set up will do the business in terms of getting rid of the fleas.
- Flea bomb – Last but not least, you can use a flea bomb, but this is an approach that should most definitely be used with caution. This is because it involves using poison to deal with fleas, which most certainly is not a great idea if you have pets.
How Soon Will You See Results?
So there you have it: some of the best products you can use to get rid of the flea problem you are experiencing at your home. However, you may be wondering how long it will take for these products to work their magic. Of course, this largely depends on the product you have chosen, and so it is best to look at the specific instructions to get a better idea regarding how long it will take for the spray or granules to work their magic. Of course, some of the products, for example, the electronic device, will offer immediate action, and you should start to notice results instantly. For other products, you may need to wait between 24 and 48 hours. Please note that you will also need to apply the product continuously, usually every four weeks, but again this does depend on the flea killer you have chosen, in order to ensure you keep the pests at bay forever. For further preventative measure, make sure to also check out our best flea treatment for dogs review and also our flea collar review.
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There is nothing worse than a flea infestation. Not only can these pests be incredibly annoying and irritating, but also they can pose a serious risk to your health and your pet’s health. If you have noticed any of the signs of a flea infestation that have been mentioned above, it is important to purchase one of the top eight flea killers mentioned on this page so that you can get rid of those pests once and for all so they can no longer harm you or your pets.
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Best Flea Killer For Your Yard FAQ:
Q: What is a flea control for yard and how does it work?
A: A flea control for your yard comes in a liquid, chemical format that you can spray over your yard to kill adult fleas. Some also kill eggs, larvae, and pupae too, but these ones tend to be more expensive. Most sprays last around three or four weeks, but the cheaper ones will be washed away by rainwater. Some come with their own hose attachment, while others need to be used with a garden sprayer. Check the bottle for more information on the places you can use the flea control, but many can be used on lawn, deck, and patio areas. Some can even be used inside as well.
Q: Are flea sprays for yard safe for pets?
A: Of course, you should always check the instructions and warning labels closely before determining how safe the spray is for pets. With some, you will need to remove your pet from the vicinity first before spraying. You will need to wait until it dries before bringing your pet back into the yard area. With others, they are made of natural ingredients, so you can use them safely around your pets.
Q: How do I apply a flea treatment for yard?
A: The method of application varies from treatment to treatment, but it is generally easy. Some come with their own hose attachment for spraying around your garden. Others need to be attached to your own garden sprayer. Read the instructions beforehand, so you know exactly what you are buying before purchase.
Q: How long does a flea killer for yard last?
A: Again, this varies from flea killer to flea killer. Generally, the answer is between three and four weeks. Obviously, the longer duration of the best yard sprays for fleas and ticks means that you will have to spray your yard less frequently. But these ones are also likely to be more expensive too.
Flea Control and How to Get Rid of Fleas
Fleas are parasites that feed on humans and other warm-blooded animals. Fleas prefer to feed on nonhumans. They will feed on humans when infestations are heavy or when other hosts are not available. Fleas usually require warm and humid conditions to develop. A flea can jump 7 to 8 inches vertically and 14 to 16 inches horizontally. A skin reaction to a flea bite appears as a slightly raised and red itchy spot. Sometimes these sores bleed.
Indoor Flea Combo Mix – Small Combines FenvaStar Eco Cap (8 oz) and Tekko Pro IGR (4 oz) for greater savings.
Due to the flea life cycle (complete metamorphosis) and feeding habits, many people don’t realize they have a flea problem until they are away from their house for an extended period. The flea problem is discovered when the food source (you and your pets) return. The fleas get hungry while the you are away. When you return, they become active because they are looking for food. People tend to think putting the pet outside will solve the flea problem, but that typically makes the fleas turn to human hosts instead.
- When a flea infestation is discovered, putting the pet outside is not a solution. The hungry fleas will direct all of their attention to the human hosts.
- The cat flea is the most common type of flea. It feeds on dogs and humans also.
- Fleas are attracted to body head, movement, and exhaled carbon dioxide.
Flea Appearance The average flea ranges in size from 1/12 to 1/6 inch long. Fleas are very small and have no wings. Their bodies are narrow if viewed from the sides. Slender fleas can get into and move around in narrow areas.
Adult fleas feed on blood and the larvae eat “flea diet” consisting of dried blood.
Habits and Biology of Fleas:
Fleas go through a complete metamorphosis. There are four distinct stages: eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult. Flea eggs are laid on the host or are deposited on the floor or ground. These eggs do not remain attached to the host but fall to the ground such as pet’s bedding or floor surface. They are often found in upholstery or pet’s bedding.
A female flea lays a few eggs every day until she has yielded up to 200 to 400 eggs. These eggs develop into flea larvae within two days to several weeks, depending on the temperature and humidity. Flea larvae are active and look like maggots. The larvae feed on organic debris, but particularly like to feed on feces of the adult fleas. This “flea diet” contains undigested blood. The flea larvae are hard to spot and are found deep in the carpets or the cracks and crevices of floors and upholstery. They are very difficult to vacuum because they get entwined in the carpet fibers.
The pupae or cocoon stage are also hard to spot. Under warm/moist conditions many adult fleas emerge from this protective cocoon within 7 to 14 days, longer under less favorable conditions.
Whenever you see adult fleas crawling on your pet, it is only a symptom of a much larger problem. Current studies indicate that adult fleas account for only 5% of the total flea population. Eggs account for 50%, larvae account for about 35%, and the remaining 10% are the pupa cocoons. That means that for every single adult flea living on your dog or cat, there are ten eggs, seven larvae, and two cocoons.
In the pet’s environment, these various life cycle stages occur, but concentrated in the areas that the pet spends most of its time, such as the pet’s bed area. Remember, when the adult flea lays an egg on the pet, it will fall off the hairs in just a few minutes onto areas the pet moves. These flea eggs become very small larvae (worm-like). The larvae seek protection deep in carpet fibers, under cushions, and cracks and crevices. After the larvae stage, they move into the cocoon stage with pupae inside, which may remaim up to six weeks.
If the pet usually walks through certain paths (either indoors or outdoors), there will also be a substantial amount of eggs scattered in those areas; similar to sowing seeds in a garden. What this means is that environmental flea control must be spread over the pet’s entire environment, focusing on the areas the pet spends the majority of its time. The sleeping areas and walking paths are the most important areas both indoors and outdoors.
Recommended Flea Control Treatment (Inside and Outside the House)
The best time to start a flea control program is in the late spring, prior to an infestation, since adult fleas comprise only 5% of the total flea population. To contain an active flea infestation, fleas must be controlled at every stage.
Get Rid of Fleas Inside The House
Inside your home prepare the floor surfaces by dusting, sweeping, vacuuming and mopping all surfaces where pets have been frequently. Eggs are laid on the pet and drop off as it moves. All affected pets should be treated and removed from the premises for 4 to 6 hours. Remove birds from the home if you are using liquid insecticides or aerosols. Cover or remove fish, and turn off the tank pump.
You should keep covered shoes on until all treated areas have dried (4-6 hours). We suggest using the liquid/IGR method or our recommended flea control aerosols on area on all floor surfaces, paying attention to where your pet spends its time. If your pet is on the couch, treat it as well (after testing a small inconspicuous spot for staining).
Liquid Residual Insecticides and IGR (Insect Growth Regulators) combinations: FenvaStar EcoCap or FenvaStar Plus are liquid insecticide residual treatments. Using a residual insecticide concentrate controls the adult flea and combining it with an insect growth regulators (IGR) such as Tekko Pro IGR or Martin’s IGR Insect Growth Regulator prevent the larvae from developing into the cocoon stage, stopping the cycle. This method lasts 4-6 months. It is important to stop the flea cycle which may take up to six weeks. You may apply Tekko Pro IGR by itself if you start before the cycle begins. Flea season starts in the spring time and lasts thru the fall months. Unfortunately, IGRs do not work well outside, since the sunshine will break it down.
- If you have mainly carpets and rugs, use the FenvaStar Plus and Tekko IGR combination mixed with water in a pump sprayer (see mixture below).
- If you have mainly hard floor surfaces, use the FenvaStar EcoCap and Tekko IGR combination mixed with water in a pump sprayer (see mixture below) The EcoCap formulation adhears better to hard surfaces than the FenvaStar Plus. You may also use our recommended flea control aerosols. However, if you have real hardwood floors, you may not want a water based product on your floors. If that is the case, choose Alpine Flea and Bedbug IGR Spray , FLEE Plus IGR Carpet Spray, or Pivot Ultra Flea Tick IGR Aerosol .
- ( Recommended flea control aerosols may be used on all types of floor surfaces (except concrete), which most people choose for convenience.)
Flea Control Aerosols: Alpine Flea and Bedbug IGR Spray , FLEE Plus IGR Carpet Spray, or Pivot Ultra Flea Tick IGR Aerosol are perfect aerosol products for flea control because they have insecticides and IGRs combined with active ingredients to provide quick knockdowns.
Pivot Ultra Flea/Tick IGR, FLEE Plus IGR, and PT Alpine Flea and Bedbug aerosols are our recommended aerosol products because they have a newer chemistry with better results than many of the current flea control aerosols on the market. Using an aerosol instead of a liquid insecticide/IGR combination is advantageous because you don’t have to mix anything in a pump sprayer. This method lasts 4-6 months.
Recommended flea control using growth inhibitors (IGRs) and liquid insecticides
Recommended residual insecticides:
- Fenvastar Plus- 16 oz yields 20 gallons at the recommended concentration (good only on carpet and rugs; has an odor)
- FenvaStar EcoCap-8 oz yields 4 gallons, gallon yields 64 gallons at the recommended concentration (good on all floor surfaces: carpet, rugs and hard surfaces, has a low odor)
Mix the residual insecticide and growth inhibitor in a pressure lawn and garden sprayer according to directions.
For every 1,000 square feet of carpeted surface, mix:
- 2.Cover fish aquariums and pets’ food and water dishes before spraying and remove pets. Keep all people off the treated wet surface. Restrict these areas until the floor surfaces dry.
- 2.0 oz – FenvaStar Eco Cap + 1 oz of your choice of an IGR (Tekko Pro IGR or Martin’s IGR or Precor) + 1 gallon of water (Recommended for concrete surfaces, carpets, rugs, and hard floor surfaces)
- 0.83 oz.- FenvaStar Plus +. 1 oz of your choice of IGR (Tekko Pro IGR or Martin’s IGR or Precor) + 1 gallon of water (Recommended for rugs and carpets)
- Recommended rates above are for maximum strength and effectiveness.
- NOTE: For hardwood or tile, these formulations will cover 1,500 sq, however the FenvaStar Plus doesn’t work as well as the FenvaStar EcoCap on hard floor surfaces.
- Use all mixed solution the same day you mix it, because it does not store well.
- Expect to continue seeing fleas the first month. These are pupa that continue to emerge. Results from the growth inhibitor cannot be judged for about four -six weeks after initial treatment. Re-treatment with the residual insecticide will probably be necessary during the first 30 days.
- The IGR will last on average about 4 months, and can last 6 to 7 months.
Indoor Flea Kits
Indoor Aerosol Flea Kit Combines (2) PT Alpine Flea and Bedbug Aerosols + D’Limononene Shampoo + Martin’s Flee Plus IGR for your pets. Will work on all floor surfaces and does not require mixing.
(May not be shipped by express due to aerosols)
Indoor Flea Combo Mix -Small-Combines FenvaStar Eco Cap (8 oz) and Tekko Pro IGR (4 oz) for greater savings.
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Indoor Flea Combo Mix-Large-Combines FenvaStar Plus (16oz) and Tekko Pro IGR (16 oz) for greater savings.
(May be shipped by express UPS)
Indoor and Outdoor Flea Kit and Outdoor Flea Kit
The Indoor/Outdoor kit contains everything you need for both inside and outside use (Pivot Ultra Aerosol, Bifen IT and Tekko Pro IGR) The Outdoor Kit contains Bifen IT and Tekko Pro
Review this Flea Kit Chart if you need assistance picking a kit.
Outdoor Flea Kit
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Indoor and Outdoor Flea Kit
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Aerosols : Best Choice for Hard Surfaces Inside (May be used on carpets and rugs)
Pivot Ultra Aerosols, or Alpine Flea Aerosols are the best choices for hard floor surfaces, such as laminate, tile, and hardwood flooring ( and may be used on carpets or rugs). Aerosols do not work as well on concrete surfaces.These aerosols adhere to the surface more readily than other liquid insecticides. They contain the IGRs and adult insecticides in one formultation, no mixing needed. They have a slight odor. In most cases, you will need to spray twice. The first time to get the flea cycle cut and kill adult fleas and the second time in about 10-14 days as you wait for the complete cycle to stop and you need immediate relief (fleas are still emerging from the cocoon stages).
Outside Treatments: Exterior Flea and Tick Control: Granules and Liquid Concentrates
- An exterior flea problem can be caused by your pets and/or other animals in the area. Exterior treatment is most effective in a contained area that is kept mowed and free of debris.
- Liquid concentrates for flea control would be faster, but would require frequent retreatments(once a month)
- For short term results (but faster results), a recommended insecticide to kill the adult fleas is Bifen IT. Mix at the rate of 1 oz. per gallon of water. Use about 2 gallons of water per 1,500 -3000 sq. feet. Repeat once a month. To enhance the Bifen IT, add an insect growth regulator to cut the flea cycle. Apply Tekko Pro IGR with the Bifen IT for the first two sprayings. Spray where the pets frequent or where the fleas are prevalent. Use a hand pump sprayer or a hose end sprayer. We have Indoor/Outdoor Kits with Bifen IT and Tekko Pro IGR combined.
- For long term results (but slower results), a recommended granulated insecticide to kill the adult fleas would be Bifen LP Granulars. This should be repeated every 2-3 months. For every 1,0000 sq. ft. of ground use: Bifen LP- Granules-25 lbs. This should be repeated at least once every two -three months during the flea season.
- Bifen LP and Bifen IT will work on ticks as well at the same rate of dosage.
Treating for Fleas On Your Pet
If possible,consult your vet about the health and skin condition of your pet prior to treatment. Begin flea control on the pet by using a mild shampoo and a sponge-type flea dip, flea spray, or flea shampoo.
Recommended Pet Products
- Flee Trigger Spray -Same active ingredient as Frontline’s Fipronil, but in a spray form
- Petcor Flea Spray: Kills fleas, ticks, lice and mosquitoes and prevents further infestations for up to 63 days. May be used on dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.
- Davis D’Limonene Shampoo: Davis’s D’ Limonene Shampoo contains 5% D’ Limonene ( an orange peel extract) to provide an insecticide-free, all natural shampoo that may be used on puppies, kittens, dogs and cats (over 12 weeks old).
- Pure Planet Natural Flea and Tick Spray On Shampoo: Contains all natural ingredients to kill fleas and ticks
- Invade Bio Zap: Contains enzymes to break down and eliminate bad odors caused from urine, feces, vomit or decaying organic matter environmentally friendly in a ready to use formula.
Q: I sprayed for fleas last week and now they are back. Why didn’t the spray work?
A: Even sprays that contain insecticides and growth inhibitors have difficulty penetrating the pupae cocoon. Flea larva that have entered a cocoon state will require follow up applications of the insecticides after they hatch. This is usually a 3 or 4 week process.