Outside Flea Removal: In 4 Easy Steps

It’s important to complete outside flea removal so that you don’t have fleas coming back into your house.  Your pets, kids and even you can bring the fleas back inside your home.  The outside areas of your home need to be treated to protect yourself, pets and family against fleas.

At this point you should have treated your pets and the inside of your home for fleas.  If you still need to do this, please follow the links below, you will find step by step instructions to complete the process for a flea free environment.

Kitten Fleas

Cat Fleas

Puppy Fleas

Dog Fleas

House Fleas

Complete the following steps for outside flea removal:

1.  Before starting your outside flea removal, you need to be aware of any debris that’s just sitting in yard.  If you have any leaf piles, grass piles or garbage just sitting in your yard, you will need to get all of it cleaned up and disposed of properly.  Fleas can hide in debris like this and wait for a host.

2.  If your grass needs to be cut, be sure to do this as well before moving on to the flea spraying.

3. You will need to purchase an outdoor flea spray.  There are many varieties of insecticides to choose from, so make sure that the package specifically says that it kills fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae & flea pupae.  You want to make sure that when you’re treating the outside of your home, all of the fleas life cycle stages are being killed.

I personally use Permethrin SFR.  This can be used inside and for outside flea removal.  The price is definitely well worth the amount of product you get.  It’s bought in concentrated form so when diluted, per instructions, you have enough to treat the inside and outside of your home a few times.

4.  After reading the directions on the outdoor flea spray, you are going to spray any and all areas that your pet(s) spend their time outside.  You’ll also want to spray any sandy and/or dirt areas of your yard.

Fleas reproduce very well in damp, warm, sandy dirt patch areas!

Even if your pet doesn’t spend much time in the sandy, dirt patches of your yard, you’ll want to treat them anyway as part of the outside flea removal.  The fleas and their varying stages of life, can attach themselves to people and be brought into the home on your clothing and shoes.

Using Diatomaceous Earth For Outside Flea Removal:

Make sure that you are using “food grade” Diatomaceous earth, sprinkle it liberally around your yard, focusing on the areas that you’ve noticed flea activity and areas that your pets like be in.  Don’t forget to put the DE in shady, damp areas of your yard, fleas love these areas!

Watch the following video to learn more about how Diatomaceous Earth works:

If you have a rainy patch of weather the DE will need to be reapplied outside because it is all natural, there is no chemical residue left behind after the rain.

When Combining the DE and the outdoor flea spray, you have a much stronger defence against the fleas and infestations.

You may need to repeat the outdoor spraying once a week for a few weeks.  This will kill any newly hatched fleas that may be hidden well in the dirt and grass.  Another big plus to the outdoor flea spray, you’ll see a significant decrease in your mosquito population as well!

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below, I’d be happy to hear your success story or answer any questions you may have! 🙂 I will answer everyone within 24 hrs!

Below you’ll find some articles about fleas that you may want to read:

How to get rid of fleas naturally: In 3 Steps

Home remedies kill fleas

Do fleas have a natural predator?


Outside Flea Removal — 18 Comments

  1. Where can I buy this Diatomaceous Earth, and how much does it cost? I live in Meridian, Ms. Thank you.

    • Hello MayDell, I added a link for you on the “outside flea removal” page. It will take you to Amazon, that’s were I buy it. Its’ very inexpensive, about $10 average for a 10lb bag, (a little bit goes a long way). I believe you could also find it at a Lowes or Home Depot but to be honest I’ve never looked for it there. Please let me know if you need any more help! Have a great day 🙂

  2. I live in nz and I can’t seem to find any De and I’m not allowed to do any online shopping plus buying sprays for outdoors is pricy. What should I do?

    • Hello Orio, You should be able to find DE in your local area. I’m not sure if you have an Agway or a Tractors Supplies Plus store in your area but anywhere where you could buy pesticides, plant, flowers and soil will most likely have DE available or could order it for you. I buy mine right from Amazon and get it in 2 days. The prices are great and you can order the size that will fit your needs. Here’s a link to DE through Amazon:

      Diatomaceous Earth
      Best of luck with your flea control and please let us know how it works for you!!
      Have a wonderful day, Kimberly 🙂

  3. Is DE harmful to wildlife? I get a lot of squirrels, chipmunks, possums and birds in my yard and do not want to use anything that would poison them. I do not use any type of weed killers, lawn products in my yard for that reason. And more importantly, my cat likes to be out and I don’t want her getting sick. But I do have a flea problem and need to treat outside in order to help eliminate them coming in with her.

    • Hello Anne, Diatomaceous Earth is not harmful to animals or humans. It is all natural actually it is the shell remains of sea dwelling algae and is found at the bottom of the ocean floors. I actually just had someone leave me a comment saying that the DE didn’t work for them inside of their home so I’m not sure if it will be completely effective for you. I would recommend Wondercide Outdoor Spray. This product is amazing and is 100% natural and safe for animals and people.

      Best of luck with your flea removal,

      Kimberly 🙂

  4. Hi, if I mow the lawn, will the lawn mower be infested with the flea eggs and larvae so that the next time I use the lawnmower it will reinfest?


    • Hello Mike, if your lawn is infested with fleas then yes, the flea stages can be on your lawnmower. You can treat your yard for fleas using Wondercide Yard Spray. This is an all natural product and is safe for your pets and family to be in the yard and play with this product.

      Best of luck and please let me know if I can help you any further 🙂


    • Hello Lekha, I’ve never used salt in yard but it may work. You could use a yard spray that may be available there. Wondercide Outdoor Yard Spray works well but if it’s not available to you you could try one of these Natural Outdoor Flea Sprays. You could purchase them through Amazon or check your local home and gardening store.

      Best of luck with your outdoor flea removal and please let me know if I can help you with anything else 🙂


  5. If I apply DE onto my yard and it rains, will the DE become effective again once the weather dries up?

    • Hello Sara,

      Yes, if it rains you will need to reapply the DE when you have a dry spell. You may want to give Wondercide Organic Spray a try, it is very effective without the harsh chemicals many of the outdoor sprays are made of. This works tremendously well also.
      Best of luck and please let me know if I can help you any further 🙂


    • Hello Sophy, you can purchase DE at many home and garden stores such as Home Depot, Lowes and Walmarts. You could also purchase DE right through Amazon here and have it delivered right to your door!

      Thank you for visiting FleasbGone! Kimberly 🙂

  6. Does rain kill fleas? We have been having rain almost every other week, I really would hate to be wasting spray if the rain just washing it away.

    • Hello Cynthia,

      Rain could kill the fleas, they will drown in water but they can hide easily away from the rain. If rain killed fleas outside then many of us wouldn’t have flea problems outside. Keep using your outdoor treatment to control any flea problems!

      Best of luck and please let me know if I can help you any further 🙂


    • Hello Jack, you can use EcoTreat to treat your yard safely without killing all the other insects that the birds will eat. This is an all natural product from Wondercide that is very effective and safe for the natural environment.

      Please let me know if I can help you with anything else 🙂

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