Killing Fleas Inside Your Home Using Traps

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We’ve written many a blog about dealing with fleas! And while the best course is to prevent fleas before they get a chance to infest your pet and home, that isn’t always an option. We know a lot of you care for stray cat colonies as well as take in lost dogs that you find out in the world, in danger and covered in fleas.

Photo By Sarodeo / Flickr

Photo By Sarodeo / Flickr

All sorts of situations can lead to a flea infestation in your home, yard and on your pet.  Getting rid of them can be difficult and expensive but they pose health risks to people and animals, and they reproduce prolifically, so today here are a few more flea treatment ideas you can add to your arsenal!

Terrifying Flea Fact: For every one flea that you see,  there are statistically about 80 others that you don’t see.


Magnified fleas

Homemade Flea Trap Using Soap and Light:

Some of the most effective “traps” for killing insects are made with ingredients already in your home. Since fleas are attracted to light, this trap is simple and inexpensive enough so you can make as many as you need.

To make a homemade flea trap, you will need.

  • Several pie plates or similar (large bowl with low sides)
  • Dish soap
  • A candle, tealight, nightlight or other light source

Fill the pie plates with water and about 2 tablespoons of dish soap. Depending on what light source you are using, place the candle in the center of the plate or shine the light directly above the plate (but be careful when using water and electricity in close proximity.) The idea is to force the fleas to enter the bowl of soapy water (which renders them unable to jump, then they drown) as they quest towards the bright light oasis.

When used in conjunction with other methods, this flea trap is very effective at killing adult fleas before they can reproduce.

If you want to purchase a trap, a couple of different types to check out are:

My Flea Trap: Ecological Pet Protector:

Same idea as the homemade trap but uses LED light and sticky pads.

Victor M230 Ultimate Flea Trap:

Uses color, heat, light, scent and sticky pads to trap and kill fleas. Attracts fleas up to 30 feet away.

Check out our past blogs on fleas:

The best way to combat fleas is by combining several methods. Fleas go through four life stages; eggs, larvae, pupae and adult. To effectively eradicate them, you’ll need to take a different approach to deal with each different stage.

We wish you a flea-free summer! If you try any of the methods mentioned above, let us know if they worked for you by leaving a comment below.

3 Responses

  1. linda mcfadden says:

    I am very pleased with the light and soapy water dish. I was not sure if it was the light or the heat
    from the light that attracted the fleas.

  2. Ila Vazquez says:

    I’m going to try the homemade flea trap. Fleas seem to be prevalent in the town where I live & though there doesn’t seem to be a huge flea army around my residence, there are probably more than the few that my dog has. We’ve tried a flea collar made by Frontline but it really does not live up to its name. I also spray with a good spray that can be purchased at Home Depot, but I don’t like spraying it inside our house. Hopefully the homemade one described above will work.