If your yard is infested with sand fleas and you have no idea how to remove them then keep reading, as I will be giving you useful tips on how to get rid of sand fleas.
Sand fleas are very tiny, almost invisible crustaceans that sneak up on you and deliver a powerful itching bite. If you’ve experienced it before then we can all agree that it isn’t pleasant.
As if the bites aren’t bad enough, they proceed to feed on the blood of mammals and birds.
Sand Flea Removal Options
Sand fleas thrive in the sand, and they are mostly found at the beach or desert. Anywhere filled with sand.
The beach you say? But can sand fleas travel home with you?
The answer is yes. When you visit the beach, a few of them can cling on to your skin or clothing and go wherever you take them. If you’re coming from the beach, then you’re most likely on your way home.
If they end up in your yard, they can continue living and breeding there without complaints.
This situation has to be attended to as fast as possible to prevent expansion in the flea population in your home.
How To Get Rid Of Sand Fleas Completely
Prevention, as they say, is better than searching for a cure. So avoiding the beach or other sandy areas may seem like the best move. But will you forfeit the summer waters and palm trees because of fleas?
Maybe you would, but what if you choose not to, then you’d just have to get rid of them when they attack.
As I mentioned before, they are tiny creatures and this makes it even harder to get rid of them. Thank goodness hard doesn’t mean impossible.
Below are some tips you can use to control and get rid of sand fleas if they ever make their way to your yard.
The first step to getting rid of sand fleas is to identify and observe any areas of your yard or home you may believe is infested.
These areas are usually the carpet or bedroom floors.
When you’ve successfully identified the infested areas, you can then move on to the next step.
Shut Off Every Possible Entry Point
Upon identification of the infested areas, the next thing you need to do is to seal off any spaces that can grant entry to other sand fleas.
These include cracks in the walls, crevices, and beneath the doors.
You can use old towels or other types of sealants as a temporary measure. At least until you have gotten rid of them all.
Disinfest The Compromised Areas
You can use salt to get rid of sand fleas. All you have to do is get the adequate amount and sprinkle it all over their breeding grounds. Allow it to settle for about 24 hours so it can work effectively.
Sand fleas hate salt, as it dehydrates and eventually kills them. You can sprinkle some more salt in the same areas after 48 hours just to be sure you get them all, including the young ones that may be hiding in tiny cracks.
Clean Up The Mess
After the salt must have done its job, the next step would be to clean up the areas and dispose of all the dead sand fleas.
You can use different attachments and a vacuum to suck up all the dead sand fleas, as well as the salt debris scattered all over the floors.
Vacuum the floors, carpets, furniture, and all crevices around your home. You can use the vacuum to go over all the spaces a second time to make sure you don’t miss anything.
If you keep pets at home, say a dog or a cat, then be advised to take them to see a vet when you first notice the infestation. As I mentioned earlier, sand fleas feed on the blood of mammals, dogs, and cats inclusive and this can cause your pet’s health to deteriorate.
Furry pets are perfect for sand fleas, as they can hide under their hair and latch on to their skin, sucking away as they please.
After you have used the salt to disinfect your home of the sand fleas, it would be wise to prevent such from happening again. Have any cracks in your walls or doors permanently sealed to prevent further incursions from not just the fleas, but from other pests as well.
A good sand fleas control measure is to scatter diatomaceous Earth across your front yard and garden.
How To Prevent Sand Flea Bites
Sand fleas are known to have different behaviors from other blood-sucking insects. This means that you can’t employ the same preventive measures as you would if it were a mosquito you were dealing with.
Clothing can help keep sand fleas away from your body, this is unlike regular fleas that don’t mind how much clothing you have on.
Sand fleas can’t jump, so wearing long pants can also help spare your legs and feet from the very harsh bites.
When you visit the beach, try not to lie down directly on the sand, use a mat or a blanket instead. This will also help prevent the fleas from feasting on you.
A folding chair is also a good solution to preventing sand flea bites at the beach. With your feet up away from the sand, there is no way they can get to you.
Using bug repellents can also do the trick. Many of them are synthetic so they won’t harm your skin, but they will keep the sand fleas away as these tiny crustaceans are allergic to it.
Sand fleas love areas with a decent build-up of seaweed, so you would want to avoid such places. That’s their major food source, so don’t be surprised if you find a lot of them there munching on seaweed.
Isopropyl alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol is popular for its ability to kill germs and insects. If you find sand fleas on your furry pets, you may wonder if rubbing alcohol is the best means to kill them.
For pets, the answer is no!
Do not spray or pour rubbing alcohol over your pet’s fur or skin for the sake of killing sand fleas. This is because rubbing alcohol is toxic to animals if they absorb it through the skin or ingest it.
The rubbing alcohol will kill the sand fleas, but it will also harm your pet.
Some commercially available flea sprays indeed contain alcohol, but they come in very small amounts. A light spray may be harmless, but repeat spraying is detrimental to the health of your pet, so you should avoid using it.
Symptoms of running alcohol poisoning in pets begin to manifest after about 30 minutes. If not treated immediately, your pet could die.
If you’re not going to be using the rubbing alcohol on your pets, but on other surfaces, then yes, it’s a good means to kill fleas.
After identifying the infested areas, you can make a rubbing alcohol solution and pour it in a spray can. Target all the infested areas with a decent amount of spraying and leave the isopropyl to work.
Similar to your pets, the body of the sand fleas will absorb the alcohol, which is also poisonous to them, and they’ll be dead in minutes.
You can visit the infested areas the following day and repeat the process, in case you missed some little ones that hid the first time.
A word of caution though, rubbing alcohol is inflammable, so you need to be careful when you spray it around your home. If you live alone then the situation would be better controlled. But if you live with others, you have to inform them of what you’re doing.
Proper communication when spraying rubbing alcohol in the house can be the difference between a successful sand flea extermination and a fire outbreak.
What Chemicals Can Kill Sand Fleas?
Besides sprinkling using salt and rubbing alcohol, there is another means with which you can kill sand fleas, and that’s with the use of chemicals.
Pyrethrins are an excellent recommendation. They are organically made insecticides that work by destroying the sand flea’s nervous system when it comes in contact with them.
Pyrethroids are also a good alternative. These are not natural insecticides, they are synthetic pesticides which have a more devastating effect on the nervous system of sand fleas.
The major difference between the two is that the former is safer to use on sand fleas as they are organically made.
Sand flea bites are nasty, and an infestation would be a great inconvenience to you and your household, including your pets.
There are organic means to get rid of them, such as salt, as there are also chemical means.
Watch for signs of infestation and take action accordingly.
Hope this article on how to get rid of sand fleas has been informative.
Thanks for reading!