How to get rid of fleas in your house, on your pets, and how to stay rid of them once they're gone – a step-by-step guide to flea control.

How to Build Your Own Flea Trap

Inexpensive and Effective Flea Control

One of the easiest, non-toxic methods to kill fleas is with a flea trap. These can easily be made at home, with just a couple ingredients.

You will need:

  • A wide, shallow bowl, such as a pie pan.
  • Dawn or other dish soap
  • A stable desk lamp with a warm, bright bulb.

Half-fill the bowl with warm water, and add a few drops of the dish soap. The dish soap will break the surface tension of the water and cause the fleas to sink, as opposed to floating.

Place the lamp over the bowl of water and turn on the light. The light and warmth of the bulb will attract fleas and make them jump in the water and drown.

Leave the trap out in an area that is most likely infested with fleas, such as near where your pets sleep. Be prepared to find many tiny flea corpses in the water the next time you check.

While it may be difficult to rid yourself of a very bad flea infestation with this method, it is a very effective non-toxic way to kill fleas. Try this out first, especially in conjunction with other natural methods (borax, diatomaceous earth, etc). I think you’ll be happy with the results.

Check out this video below for a very similar set up, except it uses a small candle floating in a tub of water instead of a light.

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2 Responses to “How to Build Your Own Flea Trap”

  1. Jila says:

    Thanks for the info. I have not seen any bugs in my house yet. But I got a few flea bite (acording to my doctor). How do I know for sure that is a flea bite?
    I have lost my sleep and I am scared very much.
    I do not have pets either. And I have not had people coming over or I myself going places. I am total shocked.

  2. Tara says:

    Thanks so much for the tip on how to build your own rid a flea trap…I HATE these little buggers,they not only attack my poor little dog but myself as well..(i guess where he sleeps with me and my husband). I have also heard that if you put a little bit of garlic in with your dogs food that it will keep fleas off of them as well..just a little bit of information that i thought that i would share with other people trying to get rid of these awful little PEST! Thanks again for the info.

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