How to Get Rid of Fleas in a Sand Box

Updated November 21, 2016

Fleas are a common nuisance to humans and their pets. If not removed from your sandpit in a timely manner, they can destroy your child's health. According to the Cornell Cooperative Extension, sandy gravel soil, moist sand play boxes, crawl spaces under buildings and shrubs are all places that provide a proper habitat for flea eggs to incubate. Treating your property for fleas is key in permanently ridding the pests from your sandpit.

Treat your pet for fleas. According to the Ohio State University Extension, infested pets commonly carry and drop flea eggs in diverse locations, such as in rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, cat or dog boxes, kennels and sandpits. Bathe your pet with a reputable store-brand flea removal shampoo and place a flea collar on your pet to rid the pests from your pet.

Treat your home for fleas. Vacuum all floors thoroughly. The Ohio State University Extension recommends vacuuming where lint and pet hairs accumulate along baseboards, around carpet edges, on ventilators, around heat registers, in floor cracks and in furniture where the pet sleeps. Remove the bag from the vacuum cleaner and place it in a sturdy garbage bag. Tie the top of the garbage bag into a secure knot to prevent any captured fleas from escaping and reinfesting your home. Clean your pet's bedding or clothing by running it through a washing machine and dryer.

Remove all sand from the sandpit. Shovel the sand into sturdy garbage bags. Dispose of the sand by taking it to your local land fill or by hauling it to your local dumpster.

Wash the sandpit with a vinegar and water mix. Vinegar is a common household staple used to kill fleas. Pour 1/4 solution of vinegar and 1/4 solution of water into a small bucket. Dip a dry cloth into the mix and vigorously scrub the entire sandpit clean with the vinegar and water solution.

Place the sandpit in a sunny location to air-dry. The heat from the sun will kill any remaining fleas or flea eggs attached to the sandpit.

Add fresh sand to the sandpit. Visit your local home improvement or gardening store to purchase fresh sand for your sandpit.

Cover the sandpit with a tarp while it's not in use to prevent flea infested animals, such as rats, squirrels or neighbouring pets, from entering the sandpit and depositing fleas or flea eggs inside.

Re-treat your home and pets for fleas on a monthly or bimonthly basis to prevent the fleas from reinfesting your sandpit.


If your pet is severely infested with fleas, consider taking your pet to a veterinarian for a medicated bath. Cover your sandpit with a store-brand cover if you don't want to use tarp. You can find store-brand sandpit covers at your local hardware or gardening store. Consider trying a variety of different methods to successfully treat your pet for fleas. Many formulations are used to rid fleas from pets, including shampoos, aerosols, dips, sprays, dusts, collars and monthly tablet or oral liquid treatments.


Before using any product to treat your pet or home for fleas, read and follow all product label directions carefully.

Things You'll Need

  • Flea removal shampoo
  • Flea collar
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Garbage bags
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Shovel
  • Vinegar
  • Small bucket
  • Cloth
  • Sand
  • Tarp
  • Sandpit cover
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Brittany Tucker began a freelance writing career in 2008. She specializes in home and garden topics, and her work has appeared on a variety of websites. Tucker studied English literature at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.