If you have been trying to remove fleas from carpets and other places in your home, chances are that you have come across people recommending the use of flea traps. However, many of them can be fairly costly and since you often need more than one, the total amount that you will need to spend can start adding up fairly quickly. Are these products just another attempt to take your hard earned cash, do they actually work and if so, how can I use the same concept to make 10 of these traps in 10 minutes for only a couple bucks?
Simple Answer, Do Flea Traps Work or Not?
Simply put, flea traps do work but only for removing them in certain areas (e.g. the lounge). They need to be used as part of an overall flea control plan that involves killing flea eggs, putting preventative measures in place to keep them away and treating your dogs for fleas (or your cats, etc.) Just to make things perfectly clear, these traps will not solve any fleas that may be lurking on your pets, they will completely ignore them!
Since there are a few options, let’s have a quick look a few different types to see what they offer. After this quick summary, I am going to show you how to make a natural, homemade trap that has helped me solve flea problems in my house a number of times
- Electric traps – These products have a small housing that contains a sticky mat. This sticky surface holds fleas in place when they land on them. Most of these traps lure their pray by providing warmth and light and thus its best to use them in a dark room to have the best result. Depending on your choice of brand, some even emit an odor that attracts fleas! Do these electric flea traps work? Well despite the fact that you will need to change the mat (that catches the fleas) on a fairly regular basis, this option is fairly hands off and is effective for getting rid of fleas in the house (especially on your carpets). In fact, some products even promise to lure fleas from up to 25-30 feet away!
- Light bulb, water and soap traps – These traps are often homemade and since fleas are attracted to light, we can use this to our advantage. 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 don’t always land in the bowl (unless the electric bulb is extremely close to the water, which of course is fairly dangerous) and while and it’s actually the basis for my own brand of trap, I would advise you to rather use my homemade flea trap that we will discuss shortly.
I have found a few other methods on the internet such as honey traps, etc. but other than the ones listed above, I haven’t found them very effective but if you have had any good results, please let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this article and I will be sure to test them and list them here if they are decent I just don’t want you to waste your valuable time and thus only want to recommend what has good results.