Home Made Flea Trap

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Introduction: Home Made Flea Trap

We had two cats and never had a flea problem til we had gotten our third (a kitten). Well then we ended up getting..super fleas...So while shopping for my assault on them I saw something like this at a store for around $40.00. So I decided to make my own cheaper version and it works. Just put it in an area where fleas are most concentrated..It uses a small light, metal fan housing , styrofoam plate, honey or karo syrup..I found honey more sticky and smears better on the plate (doesnt pool up). I use the fan housing to keep that cats out of the honey covered plate. I placed the small nightlight on the housing. Since fleas are attracted to the light, they land in the plate and get stuck...No chemicals! I had taken a pic of what the plate looked like after a week of it sitting..Gross I know but the cats are fine I got them some, special flea pills and it killed off the fleas..I just had gotten tired of spraying chems and feeling like I was killing my cats in the process!

Step 1: Obtain Styrofoam Plate, Honey, Fan Housing, Nightlight

Its pretty simple...to simple to put a lengthy description! Honey on plate, plate under a fan housing, light on fan housing..And leave it alone!

Step 2: Chemicaless Flea Trap

To simple for a description..This is the nightlight I rummaged around and found.

Step 3: Its That Simple

Im done

Step 4: Done!

The aftermath.

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    If fleas are in a humans hair, how would get rid of them?

    I'm trying a blinking bike light as an attractor. We'll see how that works.

    Fleas are attracted to heat and light. An incandescent light may work better.

    I've been dealing with fleas for a few weeks now, I can't wait to get home and try this tonight! I'm going out of my mind and if this does the trick, you will have saved my sanity! Thanks for the idea!!

    I had posted this YEARS ago and glad to see a lot of people found it useful and/or thought it was a good idea.

    I do a similar thing for gnats. We have tiny gnats that hatch in spring, and are tiny enough to get through the screens. They don't bite, just drive you nuts. Every night I rig a goose neck light low over the toilet, and make sure all other lights are out. In the morning you flush, and that batch is gone! The house is relatively gnat free until someone opens a window for a breeze.
    But for fleas? They can lie dormant for ages, and one hatch reinfects the house. 1)Treat all the cats, 2)vacuum daily for a week (to get the fleas to hatch) then 3) treat the house, 4)keep vacuuming daily so any others hatch while the chemicals are still potent.

    Since Fleas are attracted to sudden shadow cast in front of a light I made my flea traps using a GU10 colour changing LED lamp since the colour changing is like the casting shadows, it has worked very well. I have also read they are attracted to green light so make a trap using another GU10 green LED lamp, this also worked very well. The advantages of LED lamps is there is no dangerous heat and they use far less power than normal lamps.