Outdoor Flea Control
How to Kill Outdoor Fleas
Many flea extermination programs fail because of improper application. The
most common mistake is to use a pump type sprayer. This type of application rarely
For best results, use a hose end sprayer when treating lawns, outdoor dog
runs, kennels or other areas where fleas are found outside. There are many hose end
sprayers to choose from.
We have found best results using either a 20 gallon hose
end or a Dial-A-Mix type sprayer. Make sure that the sprayer you choose has a siphon
tube that allows the sprayer to empty its contents. A "no-clog" sprayer
does not use a siphon tube and does not give you accurate application of pesticides.
Use your no-clog sprayer for water soluble fertilizers, not for pesticides on your
Outdoor flea or tick treatments require large volume of product which cannot
be applied using a hand held pump type sprayer. Always use your hose end sprayer
when treating outdoor infestations.
Choose your flea control products carefully. Many over-the-counter products on
lawn & garden store shelves do not contain the correct amount of the best active
ingredients. Two pest control products being used by pest control operators are Permethrin Pro and Talstar.
Permethrin Pro has a faster knock-down of most insect pests and Talstar tends to last
longer. Either product will do a good professional job of killing fleas, ticks, ants,
molecrickets, chinch bugs and
other lawn pests. If you do not have an existing flea
problem but would like to take preventative measures go to the Outside
Flea Prevention page.
Outdoor flea treatments should be made at the same time as inside
flea treatments as well as treating your pets with topical flea and tick products.
Flea problems (both indoor and outdoor) are rarely cured in one application.
Repeat applications are usually required. In most flea infestations, two
applications should be made. Make your pesticide applications about 10 days to two
Patience is the key to safe pest control. You will usually see
fleas hatching and hopping in your lawn (as well as in your home) the very day after your
pest control treatment. This is due to the nature of the flea pupae or flea
[The four stages of flea development: flea egg,
flea larvae, flea pupae,
adult flea.] The flea pupae is water tight, allowing no pesticides (or IGR) to penetrate through to the dormant, immature fleas.
adult fleas emerge from their cocoons they will come into contact with your insecticide
and die within a couple of hours. What is frustrating to most people is to see fleas
constantly hatching every day. This is normal! Wait at least 7 days before
making a second application outdoors, 14 days indoors. Spraying every day or mixing
pesticides stronger than label instructions dictate will not kill fleas any
"deader" than dead. Be patient. Severe flea problems could take as
long as 8 weeks to bring under control.
Return to flea control information page.
Permethrin Pro Talstar
Flea Elimination Tick
Pest Control Outdoor