​How to control ticks, fleas, and other insects in your yard

Reducing Fleas and Ticks in Your Yard

Fleas and ticks can be quite problematic. It is easy for your pooch to pick up these pests from the yard into your home. A yard can be a prime location for the insects, especially if it has overgrown vegetation or wooded areas.

But, stray pets and wildlife can bring the parasites into your garden even if you keep lawns, trees, bushes, and other vegetation trimmed regularly.

If you are looking for organic, low toxicity methods to eliminate fleas and ticks in your yard, then this post is for you.

Keep a well-groomed yard

Keeping your lawn and backyard well-trimmed especially where your pets travel will help to deny habit to fleas and ticks. So, regularly mow your lawn to the type of grass you have and the climate in which you live. Trimming bush and lower branches on trees will provide more clearance for your pet and make it harder for fleas and ticks to jump or travel on to your pet. trim back yard bushes and trees allow more sunshine to penetrate underneath. Mulching with fresh cedar each spring will also discourage fleas and ticks.

Apply a homemade rosemary repellant spray

Many plants, such as rosemary, bay leaf, lavender, and chives, have strong scents that can keep the annoying insects away. If you haven’t planted them in your garden, then you should try making a repellant spray, preferably rosemary.

To make a rosemary repellant spray for ticks and fleas, you will need to boil dried rosemary in water for about half an hour. Ideally, you should use 4 cups of dried rosemary for every quart of water.

Pass the liquid through a strainer and transfer it into a large container, which allows you to add a quart of cool water. Next, pour the repellant to spray bottles and apply it to the areas that receive the most activity.

Try a dish soap trap

It is an effective remedy when placed in a specific area where the insects have been. The dish soap trap should be left overnight because fleas usually become active in the night.

Making the trap is easy, as all you need is to mix water with dish soap. Soap reduces the surface tension of water, making the insects sink and drown.

Please note that the type of container you use can make a difference. We recommend using large, shallow containers with short sides. Also, make as multiple traps as possible.

Use sticky traps

Sticky traps come in several colors, but yellow is considered a general attractant for different insect species. The traps significantly suppress the population of the fleas within a short period, especially when placed in rows every 15 to 30 feet throughout a yard.

Organic flea and tick shampoo

Maybe your four-legged friend loves being outdoors, and the fleas have collected on pets coat. If you are going to bathe her with a flea and tick shampoo, make sure it consists of natural, plant-based ingredients. Or make the shampoo yourself. Well, you will need to mix one quart of water, a cup of white vinegar, and a cup of liquid dish soap in a large bottle.

Flea and tick shampoo as a backyard spray

When using homemade shampoo on your pet, make sure you avoid sensitive areas like the eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals.

Also, an inexpensive pet flea and tick shampoo is a more pet friendly method for control backyard fleas, ticks, and even mosquitoes. All you need to do is add it to a hose end spray bottle and give you back yard a good spray when the weather forecast provides a few days without rainfall.  Be sure not only to spray the grass, but also the brushes and trees in the backyard.  Avoid spraying flowering plants and any bees house and hives which you may have.


As you can see, organically eliminating fleas and ticks in your yard is not difficult. However, if you are facing a large infestation, you might want to consider involving professionals.

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  1. With this being a warmer than usual winter…at least here in South Texas, this is very timely help. Great ideas here! May I suggest also…beneficial nematodes. They’ve worked miracles for us! =)

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