After cleaning out overgrown areas of the yard, spread cedar chips around your pet's favorite areas. Then use your preferred flea control method to eliminate the flea population in the yard.
- Rid the yard of overgrown branches
Fleas thrive in dark moist areas. Cut back any overgrown shrubs or plantings that provide a home for fleas in your yard. The more spaces in the yard that are exposed to sunlight, the fewer places fleas have to call home.
- Spread cedar chips
Fleas have a natural aversion to the smell of cedar. Sprinkle cedar chips in the areas of the yard where your pet spends the most time, including where your dog sleeps, along fence lines and under decking. Mowing over the cedar chips cuts the chips into a fine powder that is even more effective at repelling fleas.
- Apply flea control
Natural and chemical flea treatments are available. Insecticides containing chlorpyrifos or permethrin are known to be effective at outdoor flea control and are easily applied using a pump-up sprayer. Ongoing flea infestations may require a pesticide treatment containing methoprene or pyriproxyfen as well. If you would like to avoid pesticides, purchase nematodes and introduce them into your yard according to the package directions. Nematodes are tiny worms that consume the flea population, in addition to other pests.