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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>Hey! This sounds great and has already helped a little (caught some of them).</p><p>I have one question though - can I use the same water multiple times? I mean should I make a new soapy water for every night or can I use the water from last night if there are not too many fleas inside? </p><p>Thank You!</p>
<p>I found a few fleas on my legs when I entered a room in the house which no one had been in lately and then have sprayed and vacuumed every day for the past few days and have just started doing the traps - only with a tea light as have no small night light - and found about 3 the first night and only 1 the next day. Is this a good sign then as there is still 1 in the trap? If I keep vacuuming every day and doing the trap do you think that will do if I stop seeing anymore?</p>
<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>Let us know the results. If you don't actually have pets this should work quite fast.</p>
<p>I must have had a minor problem . The light over soapy water was fruitless (flealess) . I ended up vacuuming 3 times a week with a flea collar in the canister and leaving the vacuum outside. Not had a single bite in months. Knock on wood because it usually pops up when the summer heat kicks in ..so lets see =)</p>
<p>I found a few fleas on my legs when I entered a room in the house which no one had been in lately and then have sprayed and vacuumed every day for the past few days and have just started doing the traps - only with a tea light as have no small night light - and found about 3 the first night and only 1 the next day. Is this a good sign then as there is still 1 in the trap? If I keep vacuuming every day and doing the trap do you think that will do if I stop seeing anymore? </p>
<p>I must have had a minor problem . The light over soapy water was fruitless (flealess) . I ended up vacuuming 3 times a week with a flea collar in the canister and leaving the vacuum outside. Not had a single bite in months. Knock on wood because it usually pops up when the summer heat kicks in ..so lets see =)</p>
<p>I made (a rendition of) this.<br>TomCat Glue boards can be bought in a 4-pack which, with minor trimming around edge (but not into the glue) fit very nicely into the end of a Pop/Beer carton.<br>I just cut the end of the carton off leaving about a 1 -1 1/2 inch wall and placed the trimming glue board inside.<br>I clipped a booklight (bright one) onto the edge and shined the light down over the glue board.<br>In the FIRST HOUR, I have caught 6 fleas. YEA!!!</p><p>Thanks for the tips... </p>
<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>You are correct. There are other studies that show flickering vs steady light. But most people have night lights somewhere in their house and they are easy to buy at the store. The biggest impact is that you don't have to have a heat source, which is the most common myth.</p>
<p>I have to try this, My dog has fleas and I have to vacuum every day. Thanks for posting! XD</p>
<p>Sure thing. Let us know the results.</p>
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
<p>Neat trick. Any light source should work including a candle. Please be careful with an open flame and I wouldn't leave unattended. Also, the research shows that fleas are not attracted to heat, but rather are attracted to the light.</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>
<p>I would do one room at a time. Rotate each night until you have the done all the rooms and you can also see the results, without having to buy anything extra for each room. Any night light should work great. I prefer LED night lights because they only use pennies of electricity per year.</p>
<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>
<p>Interesting variation. I think mineral oil might be more expensive than soapy water, but I understand people want to try what they already have in the house.</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!!
Thanks. And your saying to fog with a Frontline Spray around the house?
<p>I do not recommend any chemicals in the home. It is simply not needed and if you do a quick read on the warning label I'm sure it will be enough for you to think twice.</p>
<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>
<p>Great question. My guess would be that the radius is the amount of the light that is easily visible in the room. So any standard room would be fine. Think of a light house casting its light into ocean for the faraway ships.</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.
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>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.
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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