Where Do Fleas Live In The Yard? 5 Unlikely Places

Do you know that your yard or garden can be one of the sources of a flea infestation?

Yes, it is. Because your yard has all, it takes to harbor fleas and other bugs.

Where do fleas live in yard

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew where do fleas hide in your yard? It would be easy for you to eliminate a flea infestation in your home and pets if you knew. 

In this post, you’ll get the answer to the question – where do fleas live in the yard?

You’ll also get to know what you can do to get rid of fleas in the yard.

Does that sound good to you? If yes, then let’s jump right in!

Where Do Fleas Live In The Yard?

Fleas can live both inside and outside of your home. But your yard is the place where the fleas love to hide. 

In your yard, fleas live in the dark and shadowy places. 

So, in the yard fleas can hide in –

  • Underneath damp pieces of wood.
  • Bushes and tall grasses.
  • Piles of leaves or foliage.
  • Plant stalks.
  • Yard or patio furniture. Especially in the gaps and cracks on the furniture.

Fleas prefer shade and humidity to live and breed. They don’t like sunlight because exposure to direct heat kills fleas.

It’s not just the fleas that live in your yard. Your hard is home to many other types of bugs like roaches, termites, and fire ants.

What Do Fleas Feed On When Outside?

Many people have asked what fleas feed on if there’s no host? 

If there’s no supply of blood in your yard, then how can fleas survive there for months?

To know the answer to the question, you need to understand the fleas’ life cycle. And their high level of endurance too. 

Let’s have a look at their life cycle. 

There are four stages in a flea’s lifecycle. The lifecycle will tell you how fleas grow and their eating habits in each stage. 

Flea Life Cycle
Flea Lifecycle

Stage 1 – Eggs

Microscopic View Of Flea Eggs
Microscopic View Of Flea Eggs

Most of the time, fleas lay eggs on their hosts. 

But when outside, fleas lay eggs in the shady and moist places where they hide. 

The flea eggs are minute (only 0.02 inches long), oval, and they hatch in 12 days. 

Flea eggs, no matter where the fleas lay them, are the largest in numbers. They are half of the total flea population in the infested area. 

Stage 2 – Larvae

flea larva
Microscopic View Of Flea Larvae – Source

Larvae hatch out from the eggs. Translucent and worm-like, they are 0.08 inches to 0.2 inches in length when fully grown. 

These larvae hide in places like foliage, grasses, and other hiding places in the yard that we mentioned. 

What do these larvae eat?

They eat the skin that they shed. The shedding process of the skin is known as molting. Flea larvae also eat the feces of adult fleas, hair, dead insects, and other organic wastes. 

When fully developed, flea larvae have strong mouths with minute teeth that help them chew their food. Flea larvae form nearly one-third of the total flea population in the infested area of your yard.

Stage 3 – Pupae

In the pupae stage, the flea larvae make a cocoon, inside which they remain till they become an adult. 

It’s the same process the caterpillars do till they turn into adult butterflies. 

The cocoon is sticky and stiff. It sticks on the grasses, mud, and wood in the yard, and they are hard to eliminate. 

It takes 15 days for an adult flea to come out of the cocoon. However, it can take a year for the cocoons to hatch if the weather conditions are unfavorable. 

It’s one of the main reasons behind fleas keep showing up every year even though you’ve gotten rid of them. 

Stage 4 – Adult

High Resolution Microscopic View of a Flea
High Resolution Microscopic View Of An Adult Flea

In the final stage, adult fleas come out of the cocoon. The first job of the adult fleas is to look for a blood meal. 

So, that’s the time they look for the host. 

But if they don’t get the host, they can easily survive without a blood meal, patiently waiting for a host to latch on to, for 2-3 months. 

When they latch on to a host, like your pet or you, they have their first blood meal. 

After 48 hours of their first blood meal, these adult fleas are ready to lay eggs.

So, fleas go hungry when they’re outside your home. They can wait for 5-6 months, in your yard, till they find a host to have their first blood meal.

How Long Can Fleas Live In The Yard?

Adult fleas can live in the yard for 2-3 months without a blood meal. 

But the main problem lies with the pupae, the cocoon from which adult fleas come out. 

As we mentioned earlier, these pupae can easily remain dormant for one year till the weather conditions are favorable for the adult fleas to hatch out.

How To Tell If You’ve Fleas In Your Yard?

There are two ways to know if your yard has fleas or not. 

The first way is to check if your pet has fleas. If your pet has fleas, then there are high chances of fleas in your yard. 

The worst part is that your pet can transfer those fleas on your bed if it gets onto your bed.

The second way is by simply walking on the areas in your yard where fleas can hide. Wear cotton trousers and a pair of socks. If there are fleas, then they’ll latch onto your trouser and socks.

It’d be better if you don’t walk barefoot. If you walk barefoot, then the fleas will bite you. 

How To Get Rid Of Fleas In Your Yard?

Getting rid of fleas in your yard is easier than getting rid of them at home. 

Here are the steps to follow to get kill fleas in your yard –

  • Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth or salt on the fleas’ hiding places to kill them. Both diatomaceous earth and salt deprive the fleas of moisture, which is essential for their survival. 
  • Clean your yard. Destroy the habitat of fleas. Remove foliage of leaves, organic wastes, plant thatch, and get rid of decaying and damp pieces of wood. Wet woods is also a haven for dampwood termites.
  • Make your yard attractive to birds. Birds are flea eaters. 
  • Remove all waterlogs and fill up any potholes that have water. Fleas live in the bushes and grasses around the waterholes. Waterholes are also breeding grounds for mosquitoes
  • Never overwater your yard or garden. A high level of moisture is what fleas need to live and breed in your yard. 
  • Use good quality plants and pet-friendly outdoor flea spray with killer concentrate. Spray it at least once a week on fleas’ hiding places.

Conclusion

Fleas in your yard hide in –

  • Underneath damp pieces of wood.
  • Bushes and tall grasses.
  • Piles of leaves or foliage.
  • Plant stalks.
  • Yard or patio furniture.

Adult fleas can wait for three months in these hiding places till they get a host to latch onto for their first blood meal. 

Inside your home fleas can also live on hardwood floors at your home. To know more, read our post on how to get rid of fleas on hardwood floors.