How Do You Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks in Your Yard?

While your yard is a sanctuary for you or your pet, it may also be a prime location for blood-sucking fleas and ticks that like to hide in your lawn and can cause more than skin irritation. Fleas and ticks can spread disease, making it imperative to stop infestation quickly. These five steps will help you gain control over the fleas and ticks in your yard.

Step 1: Prep Your Lawn

Fleas and ticks thrive in overgrown foliage and long grass, making it essential to keep your lawn trimmed. Mowing your lawn, pruning foliage regularly, and cleaning up clippings and yard waste make your yard less hospitable to fleas and ticks. Shorter grass and vegetation decrease moisture and allow chemical applications to reach these pests more easily.

Garden meadow lawn cutting

Step 2: Treat Your Pet

Fleas and ticks not only feed on your pet but also use them to hitch a ride into your home. Therefore, treating your pet should be part of the solution. Tablets, chewables, shampoos, and spray treatments combat existing pests on your pet. However, once you have treated an infestation, it is essential to maintain protection through regular application of collar, topical, or oral flea and tick preventative.

Step 3: Tidy Your Yard

Since fleas enjoy shady, humid spots while avoiding sunny, dry areas, it is vital to rid your yard of these potential hiding spots: pet’s and children’s toys; stacks of logs, garden pots, and bricks; empty bird or rodent nests.

Step 4: Deter Wildlife Visitors

Deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, mice, and other stray wildlife can easily transport fleas and ticks to your yard, making it imperative that you make your yard less desirable to these animals. You can limit their access by keeping a lid on garbage cans, patching holes in fences, cleaning up birdseed, planting deer-resistant plants, removing uneaten pet food, and installing deer fencing.

Step 5: Treat Your Yard

You can treat your yard, and home exterior with a yard and premise spray labeled to kill adult fleas and ticks. Be sure to spray under trees and bushes, around doorframes, and along fence lines. Additionally, treat areas with lots of shade such as sheds, patios, crawl spaces, shrubbery, and even dog houses or kennels. Follow the label directions and treat your yard and home exterior as recommended.

Worker spraying onto green lawn outdoors
Worker spraying onto green lawn outdoors

Call the Professionals at Emtec

Despite any steps you have taken to eliminate fleas and ticks around your property, a large-scale infestation may require the expertise of Emtec Pest Control.

At Emtec, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority too. If you have any questions about pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control.

Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa, and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon, and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.