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Homemade Flea Trap


  • short extension cord
  • pie pan or small bowl
  • night light with Christmas type light
  • water
  • dish soap


Place a small amount of dish soap in the pie pan or bowl, and add enough water so fleas will not be able to swim out (about 1/2 inch). Fasten extension cord with night light plugged in so they extend out over the water. SECURE THE ELECTRIC CORD SO IT WILL NOT FALL INTO WATER.


Let this be the only light on at night. If you have small children, this will have to be removed in the day while they are awake. If no children this will even work in the day time just not as well.

The soap in the water will keep your animals from drinking the water, refresh the water and soap as needed. If this works for you like it did me, you will not be able to count all the dead fleas, and it should save you a few dollars. Also if it works for you, save others some money, and pass the tip on.

By SAVAGE12755 from Tulsa, OK

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful

I do not have fleas but I had some of those pesky plant gnats. I went to my daughter's for a week and left some soapy water in the sink, actually I forgot to drain it. When I came home, I had about 12 of those gnats in it. So there is another suggestion for someone with that problem.

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful

I have used this method for years...the reason for the soap is so the fleas will sink to to bottom of the bowl and won't be able to bounce off the water when they drop. The light attracts them and then they fall in to the soapy water :) you're right, you won't be able to count them in the morning.

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February 22, 20161 found this helpful

Diametricious earth works really great. Put the powder in edges of room & also on the dog. It will kill them quickly. Then just vacuum up. Sprinkle in beds or areas the dog lies in. You can also sprinkle in food to stop parasites. Can be bought at tractor supply or feed stores.

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October 31, 20160 found this helpful

Were you very careful to avoid inhaling or getting the Diatomaceous Earth in your eyes while applying it? I had gotten some, and there was a Warning about breathing it in or getting in the eyes of yourself or a pet. I was very upset that the business selling it did not post this warning in the description of the product.

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful

I didn't not see the warning. I used my bare hands to sprinkle it around I covered my room and everything in it with this. My throat is very sore. Can only eat jello and stuff like that cause its so sore. My hands are really dried out and my skin is cracking around my nails. Not save to use

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May 5, 20170 found this helpful

The basic process is to suspend or lean a light source (such as a small bedside lamp or an electric bulb) over a shallow pan or bowl that is full of water and soap. When the adult fleas come and investigate the light, they hop right into the bowl (to get closer to the light) and drown. I have used this method before and while I have found it to be fairly effective, I find that the fleas dont always land in the bowl (unless the electric bulb is extremely close to the water, which of course is fairly dangerous)

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