The best flea treatments for yards are those that kill the fleas quickly without using any toxic ingredients that could harm you or your pets.
In most cases, that means opting for a natural flea treatment. You can purchase an organic flea treatment or make one yourself with some inexpensive ingredients.
Best Flea Treatments for Yards Essential Oils
There is a long list of herbs with an anecdotal history of being effective flea repellents such as:
Make your own natural flea spray by purchasing a bottle of the essential oils made from one of these herbs. Most natural and organic food stores carry essential oils or you can purchase them online. Of the ones listed, fleabane is harder to find, and you may have to order it.
Here is what you do:
- Fill a spray top container with water and add three to four drops of the oil.
- Place the top on the bottle and shake gently to combine.
- Spray the vegetation in the yard.
Repeat the application after every rainfall and treat the area for about two months to make sure you have killed any adults hatched from eggs that were already laid before you started the treatments.
Shopping for Yard Treatments for Fleas
If making your own homemade flea treatment spray seems too time or labor intensive, there are several commercially made preparations, which use natural oils as the active ingredient. Three to try are:
- Vets Best Natural Flea & Tick Yard & Kennel Spray: Peppermint oil and eugenol (clove oil)
- Natural Yard & Kennel Flea & Tick Spray for Dogs: Cinnamon oil, cedar wood oil, clove oil, vanillin
- Orange Guard 103 Water Based Indoor/Outdoor Home Pest Control: d-Limonene (orange peel extract)
Flea Life Cycle
Fleas have a four-stage life cycle of egg, larva, pupa and adults, and they can progress through this cycle in as little as two weeks to as long as eight months. What that means to you is they can be re-infesting your yard quicker than you can get rid of them!
The females lay about 15 to 20 eggs every day, and if they deposit those eggs on your dog (or cat), the animal becomes the unknowing transport vehicle that carries the fleas with them everywhere they go both indoors and out.
Fleas thrive in areas that have gravel and sand like that nice gravel driveway or even your childrens sandbox, and if there is a little shade in that area, they like it even better. Unfortunately, most outdoor pets seem to prefer to take their naps in these same areas, which mean they are constantly being exposed to more fleas. It is important to break the cycle and stick with the treatment until every generation of the fleas is eradicated.
Because they can go through their life cycle so rapidly, its important to treat both the house and the yard. After all, its no use getting rid of them in the house just to have a pet carry one or two back in on its fur to lay more eggs. Remember, mature adults can go for a month or two without a meal if they have to, which is why a flea problem may be less apparent in winter than in summer, but become acute again when the weather warms up.
Treat any areas to which pets have access such as the yard, vacuum the inside of the house regularly , and follow Dr. Cathy Alinovis advice to ensure that they do not come right back. She says, Thats why I recommend repeating spring cleaning every two weeks for two months to take care of an infestation problem.
Cosmato, Donna, A Veterinarian Answers FAQs About Flea Dermatitis in Dogs, Hubpages
Donna Cosmato and Dr. Cathy Alinovi of Hoofstock Veterinary Service are writing a book that provides answers to some of the most common questions about dog health issues, which is slated for publication in 2013. To read more of Dr. Cathy’s advice, check out our article about ‘Feline Irritable Bowel Disease FAQS.’