With this home built flea catcher I was able to catch 50 fleas in one night. Yes I certainly did count them!

I have seen several other prototypes on the internet, but I wanted to share my experience with my results.

The part list.
Dish Soap
Ground Black Pepper
LED Night Light
Container Lid
Toaster Over Tray

There are several flea traps on the market. Here is one such example. However they contain a sticky pad that you will need to eventually replace. I am adding this language expressly for the "I Could Make That" Contest. Please vote and share with a friend =)

Step 1:

This part of the experiment verifies that soapy water will work for the trap, but regular water will not. The soap reduces the water surface tension. Basically this trap wants to drown the flea, not let it glide on the surface of the water. Why did I use pepper? It is similar in size and weight of a flea. If the solution is correct and it pulls a small grain of pepper, then it will definitely pull down a flea into the trap.
<p>I'm catching about 20 fleas per night using this method, but I'm curious as to how large a radius I'm attracting. Anyone have any idea?</p>
Thanks. And your saying to fog with a Frontline Spray around the house?
<p>I'm trying something a bit different. I used the lid of a salsa container and spread an thin layer of mineral oil, set a dollar store LED light in front and caught 2 fleas in a very short time. I'm going to move the trap around, under beds, because I've already laundered all our linens and fogged our 2-story house twice. My cat is indoor only so we think he acquired fleas from our pet-sitter! The kitty has had a professional grooming, a lemon juice bath by me, a dose of Capstar (puking!!) and a dose of Comfortis administered by our vet. On the plus side the fleas I'm still seeing are super tiny, not the ginormous mutant fleas on my kitty. </p><p>I really hope the light trap continues to help me monitor where the surviving fleas are still hiding in the carpet.</p>
Is this for a dog? Also can I use the frontline spray to fog if I've just used the Advantage topical on my dog? I can't wait to try your mineral oil flea trap idea?
Dog or cat. Fleas are fleas.<br>You just have to be more persistent than they are. I'm all for a combination of methods to achieve zero pests.<br>The mineral oil isn't so much the attractor, the light is what does it. I just happened to have it on hand all the time for jewelry making so I thought what the heck. If a flea jumps in it's too thick to jump out. Plus it would be coated and suffocate if it did make it out. You may or may not be satisfied with results so try a few things.<br>Fogging after using topical shouldn't be an issue as long as you and your dog give the residence sufficient time to air out after the fogging treatment. And vacuum, vacuum, vacuum....
Oh it is the Frontline spray that your fogging with right? Sorry I'm confused.
Do you have a suggestion for outside spray? We tried the Diatomaceous Earth, and it's not working. We we live, we just had a bunch of rain, and I'm hoping it killed off a bunch. We're getting a privacy fence tomorrow, so I plan to coat that with cedar to repel fleas, etc. Just need a flea, and flea life cycle killer or else the cedar defeats the purpose. As soon as I can treat outside, the easier it'll be for me to treat the inside. I live in a 1600 sqft house, single story. No issue to spray carpets with lemon water, or Apple Cider Vinegar/Salt resolution. These dang things just need to die and go away.
<p>The sooner you treat inside the better. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to vacuum daily, and carefully discard the vacuum's contents in an outdoor garbage can. I don't have a large yard and mine is open to the forest so spraying outdoors is not something I have to deal with as Junior is indoor-only. My sister has 3 dogs and uses Frontline in 2 versions. She sprays the entries to her house with general sprayer and uses the concentrated version (attach garden hose) to spray over her lawns. I just purchased the diatomaceous earth to spinkle under my sofa (just in case). It will wash away, so outdoor use is something that has to be repeated. It is highly effective in the erradication process. Another relative uses it to protect her vegetable garden from pests...she has THE BEST and biggest tomatoes free from pesticides.</p><p>Hang in there...you have to be as stubborn and persistent as the fleas if you want to get rid of them! </p>
Did your lemon juice bath work on your cat? I have 2 grown male cats that are medium length hair and a husky dog
Helps tremendously in conjunction with a flea collar, the pills, and fogging the house. <br>Don't know why fleas are so hard to eradicate but oh my! Simmer 3 cut up lemons till the skin gets a gel consistency (20 min) and strain. You'll have an oily liquid that will go through a spray bottle easily. I added the juice to the bath water with a little dish soap.<br>The fleas do not like lemon. They crawl to the head like with a flea bath so I just squirted them and watched them dive into the bath water &quot;alive&quot;. I drained/filled our sink 3 times and got most of the full grown fleas. He still had a few babies but we took care of them spraying the lemon juice and brushing. <br>Good luck with your fur people!!
<p> dont have animals but live in apartment building with some people with cats . Guessing its how i got a few flea bites lately . Trying this right now </p>
<p>My dogs are 11 and three and for the first time...fleas. I will happily try this. Do you have to do this in every room? Can I use a normal night light? Or one that directs light into the bowl of soapy water? I'll take any advice!</p>
Wow! This really is working so far. I put out 2 traps and after 3 hours, I've caught about 20 fleas in each trap. Also, I'm putting food-grade diatomaceous earth on my hardwood floors and rugs and vacuuming every day. I've got both dogs on Sentinel now too. However, I'm wondering now if anyone can suggest methods I can use to make myself less appealing to the little suckers???
You can use a lotion with lemon grass oil in it or tea tree oil both are a deterrent..it will reduce bites for you.
Every time some one writes a comment it makes me smile. I strongly suggest non toxic or natural methods.
I never had a problem with fleas until my home girl brought her dog to my house. I noticed I was getting bit around my ankles. But I have one question do I have to use a night light over the trap
New step: don't invite your rachet friends over. Only joking.<br><br>Yes, you must use a night light. They are not attracted to heat, but they will jump towards the light. Good luck.
You can use a candle as well. You can't put a candle straight in the water. I have done this numerous times
Ok, so I'm doing this step, but how do I kill the eggs and other stages of grossness :( And thank you ecoben for posting :)
<p>Use salt on your floors to kill the flea eggs! </p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Control-Fleas-Naturally-with-Common-Household-Item/">http://www.instructables.com/id/Control-Fleas-Naturally-with-Common-Household-Item/</a></p>
Well I don't recommend using toxic chemicals.
I have another tip for you: you know that Frontline/Advantix/PetArmor stuff? The stuff that's $50 for 3 tubes totaling 1.5ml? <br> <br>It's a ripoff, probably one of the worst on the market. The active ingredient is Fipronil, 9.7%. You can buy 20 OUNCES of 9.1% fipronil for ~$72. It's sold as termiticide; I use Taurus SC2; there's another brand called Termidor. Yes, that is a 2,778% markup! <br> <br>Take yourself a 1.0ml dropper and apply .5ml to your cat, right behind the head (and I usually put a little bit at the base of the tail.) <br> <br>Fipronil has little to no effect on mammals. Breeders have been doing this for ages. You can also mix it with water (according to the directions on the package) and spray down surfaces to eliminate fleas and other pests. Keep in mind that while it's harmless to mammals, it's toxic for fish and invertebrates. Read all precautions before using. <br> <br>
<p>fipronil works by neurological toxicity. Many, many animals have seizures in response. Others have extreme discomfort, loss of balance and coordination, excessive salivation, rapid breath and heart rate and skin burns at the site of application. Sometimes this damage does not resolve, and sometimes animals die. Vets have a standard protocol because so many people call with animals in distress from this. Please do not put this on an animal in your care!</p>
Be very careful what you put on your pets. (See www.tinytimmy.org for more information.) Over the counter flea and tick medications can cause severe brain damage and nerve damage to cats and dogs. Always consult your vet BEFORE using any of these. <br> <br>Also, Frontline has bene known to cause seizures in dogs, so I don't recomend it. <br> <br>Advantage/Advantix is best, but make sure you are using the correct one for the species you are medicating. Dog Advantage can kill cats. An alternative for dogs is Trifexis. I have used both over the years with no side effects on either cats or dogs.
A bit of preventative maintenance. Put 1tsp apple cider vinegar to 1 qt in your pets drinking water. Takes a couple weeks to start working. But the theory is that the vinegar with become present in their skin and hair folicles. Still waiting for results.
<p>If you have cats do not use vineager in the water as it can cause liver damage and kidney failure in cats</p>
<p>where did you get this information? There's quite a lot of info saying ACV benefits cats (and dogs), and here is an interesting anecdotal piece about using it to successfully TREAT kidney disease. <a href="http://murphyscats.blogspot.ca/2008/11/domino-cat-saved-by-apple-cider-vinegar.html" rel="nofollow">http://murphyscats.blogspot.ca/2008/11/domino-cat-saved-by-apple-cider-vinegar.html</a></p><p>And the amount used in the water would be certainly harmless. </p>
<p>what does the vinegar do?</p>
Keep me posted. Sounds bizarre and interesting.
<p>Read ALL the comments. These fleas are driving me bonkers and poisons are out of the question. Just set this up with a plastic basket to discourage my dogs from investigating the dish. Found this study about flickering light working best. They also mention putting a green filter over the light. http://www.researchgate.net/publication/51519497_Understanding_attraction_stimuli_of_Ctenocephalides_felis_for_non-chemical_control_methods</p>
<p>This was the BOMB in getting rid of fleas. In the utility room where our cats have been quarantined (flea infested), easily 50+ in the plate everyday. A dozen or so in the living room. I use a votive candle (in holder) for the light source. Cats won't go near it. You can also use some DE (Diatomaceous Earth, food grade) on your carpets to get those that won't come to the light. </p>
Fantastic news! You are the first persom to cakk it the BOMB. I love this comment and I am so glad it helped you.
<p>I have to try this, My dog has fleas and I have to vacuum every day. Thanks for posting! XD</p>
Thank you for breakingvit down for a grandma can understand the engineering for building. Fleas are such desease carriers; you may have saved humanity. I pray you win!
Why aren't you an angel. Thank you so much.
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I did this and it works. I make the water green with the detergent and in three days I've killed at least 40 flees. So much relief from the ankle biters.
Makes me smile everytime I read someone's story. So glad it worked. Enjoy your weekend.
<p>I'm surprised but this isn't working for me. I've done all the steps, the pepper sinks, I know my dogs and cat have fleas. I've seen them on me and them.</p><p>Its been a few weeks and I'm cleaning, shampooing, using diatomacious earth, the traps catch nothing and the cycle starts again, frustrating! I am getting Comfortis for the pets but I need to kill the ones in the house. I'm doing it just like instructed.</p>
Great comment. Be sure it is the only light source in the room. Small detail but very important. Thanks.
<p>Rusty - Make sure the night light is the only light source in the room.</p>
Very interesting. You are the first person to say this. Sounds like you really cleaned your house and pets. Make sure to put the trap near an area that the pets frequent or in a central area of the house.
<p>Hey there!!! Great read!! I have become rather desperate and I am soooo tired of being the delicacy of the fleas that have gained control of my home. I've never had such a problem before and then my son and his girlfriend's sweetie pie had pups and they were infested and then they bring all five pups and the Mom over for me to bathe and now I can't get rid of them. Tried your trap lastnight in my room and it worked!!!! Now for the rest of the house :) Yaaaaaaaay!!!!</p>
Great job! I love reading these updates. Always makes my day :)
This most certainly worked for me!! We have all 3 of our fur babies on oral treatment but we still get infested with fleas from time to time. I used dawn dish detergent, a rimmed plate, warn water and a tea light! Within five minutes I had about 10 fleas trapped!
Excellent results! Thank you for sharing!
<p>Where's my comment? I'm not gonna rewrite all that!</p>
I feel sorry for your cat. I am allergic to them and learned to adapt any flea-abatement approach to the fleas' reproductive cycle; after a few weeks, all of them are long dead - including the eggs. <br> <br>To those who think the pepper is part of the solution, I am pretty sure that the pepper was only used in this case to test the solution for it's ability to drown the fleas - not to pepper-spray them. <br> <br>I once moved into an apartment, unaware that was it was wholly infested, waking up the first (and last) night there with all kinds of swollen bites around my ankles. My pair of poor indoor cats, who had never even seen a flea before) were even more miserable than my GF and I. I decided from that point forward to try out potential rental properties by first planting flea 'traps' with night lights over a cup of water with rubbing alcohol and a drop of dish soap added as a surfactant - the alcohol makes the soap more effective. I used a piece of white card stock bent like a half-funnel with open front to act as a catch-all backstop/sliding board so the over-energetic fleas who jumped too hard towards the light would hit the backstop and bounce/fall down into the cup 'o death.

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