Flea Trap

What is a Flea Trap? - A flea trap is a device constructed to attract and kill fleas. There are several commercial and do-it-yourself (DIY) traps on the internet, so if you're wondering where to buy flea traps, you have the choice of buying one from a number of suppliers or making one at home!

The design of a homemade flea trap is very straight forward, although it would need to be built with safety in mind. There is a simple two part idea - attract the parasites to a warm and bright area and drown them in soapy water. The water must be soapy, as this helps the fleas sink and not float.

the homemade flea trap

Homemade Flea Trap - A common do it yourself way is to fill a bowl with water, add some soap liquid and stir. Then find a desk lamp (preferably one that’s stable and not hanging or able to fall in the water) and point the lamp towards the water, but at a safe distance away. The fleas will then jump towards the light and fall into the bowl, drowning. Alternatively, you could buy a bag of floating tea lights and fill multiple bowls with water (add soap). Place the bowls in the areas of infestation, light the tea lights and let them float in the soapy water. Again, this should attract the parasites so they drown. If you see the tiny pests successfully making it to the top of the water and out of the bowl, you may not be using enough soap to stop them, so add some more. Ensure the water is monitored in both scenarios, as you will want to dispose of any dead fleas on a regular basis. Also ensure that no house pets will go near either structure to avoid them burning themselves, getting electrocuted or drinking the water.

Homemade Flea Trap

Flea Traps do they work? - A commercial trap can be a far more advanced structure which still uses light and warmth to attract the fleas (via a lamp), but instead of soapy water, a layer of sticky material is at the base of the trap. When the fleas are enticed in, they stick to the base and can then be disposed of. The sticky bases are replaceable so when one gets full, it can be discarded and changed. A review from online forums will tell you which type of flea trap is best.

A trap is usually used as an additional flea control to other flea remedies. If the source of your flea problem is your pet dog or cat, then also consider using sprays, powders, shampoos, wipes or collars in addition to the trap.

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