Make a Natural Flea Trap in Under 60 Seconds

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. In fact, 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 homemade trap that has helped me solve flea problems in my house a number of times :)

  1. 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!
  2. 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 flea 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.

Homemade Flea Traps – A DIY Trap That Works

Here is the exact trap that has worked very well for me in the past. It may look too simplistic but I have had great results and I am sure that you will as well! The best part? You can have about 10 of these up and running within about 10 minutes as I suggested earlier! The only expense is the purchase of a couple tea light candles. You will need one per trap that you make but since you can usually grab about a dozen of these for a couple bucks at your nearest grocery store, this will hardly break the bank. ;)

STEP 1: Fill a couple bowls with water and mix a two tablespoons of dish soap into each one. You will need one bowl per flea trap. The best type to use is ones that are fairly wide with low sides as this gives a higher chance to catch a leaping flea. I have had a few readers suggest the use of large plates or pie dishes and I am happy to say that after trying it, this works very well! (Thanks Andrew!)

STEP 2: After mixing the soap into the water, carefully place a single tea light candle into each one, place it in areas where you are having the highest concentration of fleas and light the wick. Simply repeat this process for a number of other traps and place them in key areas. This entire process should take you about 60 seconds per trap, making it one the fastest methods for combating fleas!

Flea Trap Intro ImageAs previously mentioned, since you want fleas to be drawn to the trap, its best to put them in place before you go to bed at night. Once the lights are out, they will be a shining beacon of death for those pests. After some reader feedback, I have been told that this trap isn’t as unique as I thought it was but regardless, it’s the one that I have used for the past couple years with excellent results so it has my stamp of approval. Please also remember to empty the water in each trap in the morning and to put out the candle (if it’s still burning) to keep things hygienic, you definitely don’t want your pet drinking from this water! ;) Combine this with a decent flea treatment for your pets and a few other flea infestation home remedies and this will help you get rid of a flea problem quickly.

WARNING: While this is fairly obvious, be careful where you place this trap as it can be a potential fire hazard. However, with a little common sense, this trap is completely safe and is extremely affordable.

Want to Rather Purchase a Trap? Here Is Some Unbiased Advice

Based on research and feedback from a number of sources, I recommend making a choice between the “Victor M230 Flea Trap” and the “Springstar S102 Flea Trap”. Both of these use a sticky pad to trap the fleas and the refills are very affordable. These two brands also have great reviews and can usually be found at Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes for under $20. While there are other options, try and find one of those to be sure that you will get results. Recently, I have found a product called “myfleatrap” and if anyone has any experience with it, I would appreciate feedback in the comment section.

Well there you have it! Flea traps definitely work and you can easily create your own from the comfort of your home. If you are still finding fleas around the house, it’s likely that your pet is the cause and it will need to be treated separately. I have a few great articles on this subject (such as treating cat fleas) and I encourage you to check them out on this blog. If you have any feedback or would like to ask a couple questions, feel free to leave a comment comment below! Thanks for staying to read my entire article and I look forward to hearing from you!

Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson

Hi there! My name is Natasha and I would like to thank you for reading this guide. If you have any concerns or would like to ask a question about this article, I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will provide a reliable answer within about 24 hours. Remember, all this information is provided at absolutely no cost and if you have enjoyed what you have read, please show your appreciation by sharing this post on your favorite social network below. I look forward to helping you!
Natasha Anderson
Natasha Anderson
Please note that the contents of this guide is for informational purposes only. If you would like to receive professional advice to diagnose a pest control related problem, please contact your local exterminator immediately.


  1. Jamjaeger says:

    Do you have a photo of your homemade trap with tea light? Does the tea light need to be in a holder? If out of holder, does it float on the water? It seems like there could only be an inch or a bit of water to not put out the tea light. This site is awesome! My mom’s 16 year old cat had to be euthanized this week, vet discovered severe fleas on her, and of course house is INFESTED with them. I flew here to deal with this (mom is 90) and have fogged the entire house, every room with flea specific hot shot diggers, but it actually made it worse..jumping and biting everywhere. Hence, research and this site. Only have a week to get the worst of this under control, plan on trying EVERYTHING you recommend

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! I will drop you an email with the image, just need to find an example of one tomorrow morning :) In the meantime, yes its basically just a small tea candle that you float on the water on the bowl. Fleas are attracted to the light and then they die a watery death ;) I also use these traps to check if a room has a flea problem. If I leave one overnight and find a couple fleas in it, I know that I need to take steps to get rid of them in there as well. Glad that you have found my articles to be useful, let me know if you need any more assistance! Cheers!

      • Phyllis says:

        My son had a bad flea infestation from some kittens his daughter found and brought inside. He tried flea bombs to no avail; so, my mother had given him a “piano lamp”, we put the lamp on the floor and then a cookie pan under the light with dish soap in it. Left it on all night and the next morning the water was full of fleas floating on the top. Took us a few nights, and lots of vacuuming, but we did conquer the fleas. Needless to say, the kittens went back outside in a hurry. Also, I just wanted to let you know I found some fleas on my dog today. Gave him a “Dawn dish soap” bath and it sure killed the fleas he had on him. Found dead ones in the tub and when I was combing him found some dead ones on him. Thanks for that tip, Natasha :)

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Phyllis! Glad to hear that you had such good success with the tips you found on my blog and thanks for taking the time to share them with us! Hope to see you back again soon! Cheers! :)

      • Meghan says:

        I read somewhere that fleas do NOT like salt. When the fleas land in the salt they bleed to death, which granite that sounds really harsh and disgusting but It does the trick! Anyways, in my mixture of soapy warm water, I added a little bit of salt just to ensure that the fleas would be dead. Another thing I did yesterday was in all corners of my room I sprinkled a ton of salt so if the fleas are hiding in the corners of my room or in the nooks and cranny’s of my front door, they will land in my salt trap. For only being 16 I think I had a pretty smart idea! Something else that seemed to work for me as well was making my own carpet powder.(I looked this up online as well) I used borax and essential oil. (Borax is for the real killing of the fleas and the essential oil is for great smells!) I sprinkled it all over my carpet and left it on there for about a half and hour. After that, I spent the next half hour vacuuming to make sure everything was all cleaned before I moved everything back into my room. I hope this comment helps someone because all of these great tips helped me immensely!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Meghan! Thanks for your lovely suggestions and congrats on a job well done ;)

      • Sue S says:

        Hey Natasha, my niece gave me your link and I’ve been trying w/o giving up on the flea traps. My 2 concerns are, leaving a tea light candle on in the trap overnight is a scary thought. I don’t have alot of money to purchase alot lamps for this purpose, BUT I do have several of those battery operated tea lights but am concerned that they won’t put the heat out a little flame would &/or that the water would get into the light & ruin it? Concern #2 is that I have 5 cats & most are calm enough to allow me to treat &/or bathe em but I have one that won’t even allow me to pick her up w/o the fear of getting torn apart. :-(

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Sue! You can definitely use a small LED instead of a candle, just ensure that you don’t short anything. Put on some body armor for that last cat, you will have to treat her as well hehe, sorry.

        • Edith Masters says:

          Put the tea light in a little glass candle holder, then set it in the pan of soapy water. Problem solved, yay!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Edith, it works great hey, love it. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Bethany Perry says:

    My husbands hates the thought of using poisons b/c we have small children, pets, gardening, etc. So, I’ve been looking all over for other option in the yard, house and on our pets. I would be concerned about leaving a candle overnight~especially w/ little ones, but at least it’s surrounded by water. Despite using monthly flea drops on all 4 critters we have a huge infestation and have to do something. I am ordering some daily flea killer that has some of the same same ingredients as Cap-Star. That one supposedly also helps 90% of fleas in carpets after a few months of use as it exits through the pets’ skin. I’ll probably be using “borax 20 mule team” today or tomorrow and spending the night elsewhere with the kids. Lastly, for the yard, I have come across larvae of nemotodes that you spray across with hose/water and they eat the flea larvae . . the longer they remain over the months, the more they eat! Okay for veg. gardens, children and pets. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Bethany! Yes, it sounds a bit dangerous but given the tiny flame and being surrounded by water, its very safe. I highly recommend that you give it a try, even if its just to check if a room has any fleas in it (leave it overnight) so you can take alternative steps. Beneficial nematodes work well but they are a bit costly, especially where I live but if you can get them then that’s great :) Let me know how that borax treatment goes!

      • Stacey says:

        Hi, I have been treating my home for a week now after finding my cat being infested. I am consistently vacuuming, washing floors, etc. The Vet recommended a spray treatment which does’nt seem to have addressed the entire issue. From what I understand there are several stages to flea life and with one stage being the most difficult “pupa” how long before I am free on this frustration?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Stacey! That is correct, there are many stages to the flea life cycle but its actually rather easy to combat that problem. I recommend using something called “Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade” on your carpets, etc. (completely safe and natural, check out my article on this subject) and a IGR spray (insect growth regulator). First use the DE (please follow my guide) and then after a few repeats, use the IGR as directed on the product packaging. Good luck!

        • Stacey says:

          We are currently treating our cats with Diatomaceous Earth (just started a few days ago), but are beginning to treat carpets, floors, as well as beds next. I hate chemicals and hope this helps!

  3. jimbo says:

    how do i get rid of fleas with a lazy roomate and how do i get rid of fleas in clothes how long does it take, i have no pets

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jimbo. I cannot give you an exact time frame as it really depends on how far along the infestation is but you should be able to remove them within a couple days if you use the tips in my flea articles. Do me a favor and read over a couple of them as they will pretty much outline exactly what is needed. If you have any questions afterwards, please feel free to contact me :)

  4. Christy Langman says:

    I have my first flea issue. Does the tea lights method work to get rid of all of the fleas? I gave my kitten a bath and thought I had them all killed but today she has more in her again after being shut in our bathroom. How do I get rid of them cheaply?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Christy! You will still need to treat your kitten (as it seems you are) so a combination of that and the tea light traps can usually get you the results you desire. Otherwise, there are a couple natural (and very cheap) powders you can use called borax and DE, check out my guides on these for more info. Good luck!

  5. Grammy says:

    Hi.. Been reading all the info about homemade flea traps and using tea light that you have to light the wick, in the water. What about using a battery operated tea light? Also, most sights do recommend “blue” dishwasher liquid be added to the water.. do you find that to be true? I found your site to be very informative and your responses well written.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Grammy! If you can get a small battery powered one, that will definitely work. You can add any dish washing liquid to the water (around the light), it just serves to make the fleas drown on contact instead of potentially getting out. Sorry for the late response and good luck!

  6. too says:

    Hi Natasha, Thank you for all the great information. I too have an infestation of fleas and have been getting rid of anything the critters have been hiding, washing anything I can get my hands on, flea combing the animals and waiting to get Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade supply to put on my carpets, etc. My question is I have fans on the floor from the summer and bookcase with lots of books from school. How would I get rid of any fleas that have landed or stayed on these items? Thanks a bunch.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Too! Its a pleasure, glad you have enjoyed them :) DE will work great in those areas as well so you shouldn’t need any other products. You can take a look at borax (I have a guide on this subject) but DE does pretty much the same thing. Good luck!

  7. Joe in Charleston says:

    My room has a flea infestation from the dog. We laid down Seven without success, and then used two bombs with a bit more success. We then did the home made trap above and the next morning found dozens of fleas and other bugs in it. Already there are fewer fleas attaching themselves to me. I will keep this up for a while, til I no longer see fleas in the traps.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Joe! Fantastic, glad you seem to be having good results. Its expected that the trap could attract other insects that are lured by light so that’s nothing to worry about. Good luck!

  8. Susan Cuylle says:

    I was searching for DIY Flea remedies and came across your site and I’m so happy I found you! Such wonderful information and lots of tips and tricks to try to eradicate this problem! As I sit here reading all the comments, it appears that everyone is suffering from these nasty little bugs! My two cats Mickey Mouse and Chico the man, have been progressively getting worse, itching, biting and licking (I’ve noticed a lot more hairballs) and I’m at my wits end. I have vacuumed, bathed, flea combed, sprinkled and washed everything in my house to no avail! I have a ton of tealite candles, so before bed I’m gonna set up some traps for the little blood suckers! I have also heard good things about food grade diatomaceous earth, so this is my next step. Tomorrow I am going in search of this wonder powder and a push broom! Wish me luck! Thanks again for a great site!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Susan! Agreed, fleas are a very frustrating pest to deal with and I am glad that I have been able to help others find relief :) Thanks for your kind words! DE is great for your indoor carpets, beds, etc and combined with those tea light candles, I am pretty confident that you are going to kill those fleas fast. Let me know how it goes and drop me a message if you need any further help :)

  9. MIssy says:

    Set up flea traps in my house last night. I caught a few fleas. Problem was, the tea lights only lasted about an hour before burning out. May try to find some larger candles (votives?) and try again tonight.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Missy! Yeah you can definitely use those or perhaps find a couple larger tea light candles. Good luck, looking forward to hearing how it goes :)

  10. Stacey says:

    Has anyone tried this with cats that wander the room? I have several and would be afraid they would try playing with the flame!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Stacy! I highly recommend that you keep the pets out of the rooms when using this trap. While it is not a requirement, its always good to be extra cautious. While burning down the house would get rid of the fleas, its not one of my recommended treatment methods ;)

  11. El Devino says:


    Thanks for the tips! I have set up a flea trap after my son woke up with a rash. It’s suspected chickenpox but I also seem to have bites/spots and it’s making me suspicious.

    I’ve treated my cat and I’m ordering diatomaceous to treat my carpets. Keen to see the bowl in the morning and even if it isn’t a flea infestation, and my son has chickenpox and I shingles, it’s certainly worthwhile giving the place a once over.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey El! I agree, it would be good to go over the place once more. It seems that you have the situation under control, let us know how everything goes and if I can help you further, please just shout :)

  12. Nubia Kai says:

    I have had a fleas infestation for three months now and I am about to go crazy. First of all, I have never had a pet in my life, so how did I get the infestation? The exterminators who have been out to treat the problem claim you don’t have to have pets, they can hitch hike a ride from someone else’s house or yard. But the point is I have had professional exterminators out to my apartment five times and the infestation just seems to have gotten worse. I have used Diatomaceous Earth, Lavendar Oil, Hot Shot and Raid Flea Killer, 91% rubbing alcohol, Clorox Clean Up Bleach and a dehumidifier set at 20 % for a week and that didn’t kill them. Two vacuum cleaners have been broken in the process of vacuuming the floors. I’ve washed and dried clothes in the hottest water and heat and these fleas came out of alive and well. I believe these fleas must be from another planet. They just seem to appear out of mid air and no one can figure out where they’re coming from. I need help! HELP! HELP! HELP!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Nubia! Fleas can be transferred into your house from neighbours dogs (via the yard) or maybe even brought into your place from a friend. Since you have tried all those things, please take a moment to read my flea trap article as I think that it would be your next step. I have used it and its completely DIY. Let me know what you think.

  13. Debora Jolley says:

    Hello, I have been reading everything on your articles about fitting rid of fleas. I am excited to try several of the methods. I have some cats and want to try the lemon juice on them. I could not find where it was mentioned in these articles, but my question is, is there a certain ratio of water to lemons or lemon juice to use? And did u say to bathe the cats in it or can I use a spray bottle to apply the treatment? I am so happy to have found this site. I had a severe bout of chemical pneumonia and I can not use regular sprays. Although, before finding your site, I have sprayed my floors and set off two separate rounds of bug bombs only to come back home and find the fleas bouncing around larger than ever. It was like I put Miracle-Gro on them. My cats are outside and I have to treat them. I am going to put cedar around all my entrances and inside the dog house. I am also going to make sachets of cedar for each room in my house. I am spending my whole weekend aggressively tackling the problem. I am trying several methods that you have written about and will try more if necessary. Thank God, we can stay at my mother’s house till we get this under control. Thank you once again, Debora Jolley

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Debora! I usually just chop a couple fresh lemons in warm water, if you are looking for a specific number I reckon that 4 would be sufficient. You can use a spray bottle but make sure you dretch the fur and skin. Also, don’t do this too frequently if you cat has sensitive skin. Glad you have found my blog useful, its really the community and people like you that keep me going lol.

  14. Tracey says:

    Trying the tea light candle one tonight. Treated dogs yesterday but still have the odd flea jumping around. My poor daughter as been affected the most. She has bites on her back. Fingers crossed. Have 4 in my lounge so going to leave over night and hope it works

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tracy! I am sure it will :)

  15. Tracey says:

    Sorry me again, I read somewhere that making our house warm and putting damp towels on radiators will help to get the fleas to hatch and that way they can die – I’m thinking this may not be the right way to do things?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tracy! I have never heard of this, doesn’t make much sense to be hehe.

  16. avi says:

    Hi Natasha,

    From past few nights I have been having itchy skin with blisters every morning. I thought it was scaly skin until I just now discovered a tiny bug which flew away. I live in a small studio room which has not been occupied by any pets from past 2 years,as I know previous tenants. Do you think its a flea? And that attack only during night time. Hence I am confused as you mentioned that they are attracted to light.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Avi! It could be a number of bugs, I would need a bit of a better visual description before I can help you. It might have been a bed bug, check out the pictures that I have on this blog and tell me if they look familiar :)

  17. Emma says:

    Hi Natasha. Last nite I read about ur DIY flea trap and did three sets before I went to bed. The cat wandering about at nite worried me and I was also worried about burning the place down… So what I did was I placed the tea candles inside drinking glasses so they were protected and put it in a flat soup plate filled with soapy water. This morning there were about 40 fleas dead! I’m so relieved that I can finally do something so simple to rid those fleas. I’m sending the cat to the vet over the weekend while I clean my place up. I’ve even purchased some hospital grade antiseptic to wipe down the place.
    Thank you so much for ur effort in helping other find solutions. God bless.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Emma! That’s a fantastic suggestion, thank you very much! Its a pleasure, I love knowing that I have helped someone :)

  18. Amy Rowland says:

    I have 3 cats, a kitten, and a bunny, but all are strictly inside pets. So I am very frustrated to find an infestation in my home! It is so bad in the bunny room, you can hear them bouncing off the hard floors (no carpet in there, small rug)! I’ve put the tea light trap in there, and can’t wait to see what happens! Thank you for the idea, and hopefully after a few of those, and treating the animals, our problem will be solved before summer!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Amy! Its a pleasure, let me know how it goes!

  19. Veronica says:

    Hi Natasha,

    I NEED HELP! I have been getting small red bumps all over my feet and legs. I recently went to the doctor, and she said that they were from fleas, she prescribed me cream. However, I do not own any pets. My mother actually has brought her dog over a few times, and he has fleas. My mother no longer brings the dog over to the house. I used borax on the floors, and vacuumed them. I received a few new bites the day after. How do I get rid of these things?! I am also the only one affected in my home with bites, which is weird because my father was around the dog the most.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Veronica! Have you tried making this flea trap? It will definitely help you kill those fleas.

  20. Elibroall says:

    I have heard that SALT kills them. Should I try sprinkling this on all carpeted areas? Or do you think this is an old wives tale? PLEASE HELP!!! My two dogs and I are being eaten alive

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Eli! I havn’t had much success with salt, try DE or borax instead.

  21. Chris says:

    Can anyone tell me where to buy the de , food grade diatomaceous earth please. HELP!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Chris! You can buy it on Amazon if you are battling to find it locally.

  22. Gary Moody says:

    I use hot water(as it’ll cool slower than warm and in hopes the flea may sense the warmth as a victim )and as you said,shallow, wide pans and pie pans for reflexion.Soap was a help but if for some reason you don’t want to use it I’ve found few to escape.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Gary! Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated!

  23. amber says:

    Does the water have to be hot/warm/cold? Could I just put a candle by the bowl on a plate? It need to be placed on the floor and will me sitting nearby effect it working?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Amber. Any temperature is fine. Just put it down and go to bed, it only works at night (the fleas are attracted to the light).

  24. Stu says:


    I’m from the UK and am not familiar with DE or borax that you mention.

    I’ve been eaten alive each night in a room soon distance from my cats.

    I’m trying your trap method tonight with a deep (1″) sided silver baking tray, and a vanilla scented tea light. Here’s hoping!!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Stu! Hope it works out for you, I am sure it will!

      • Stu says:

        Hi Natasha.

        It really does work! The first few nights I was astounded at how many of the little vampires there were in the dish!

        I’m still using it on a daily basis, and seem to still get anywhere between 3/4 and a dozen each night… Going to continue until I have at least a week clear…

        Do you think this is likely, or are there always a few lurking about no matter what is done?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Stu! Yes, its possible to catch all the fleas in a room if you do it long enough, well done!

  25. AJ says:

    I warn folks against using DE. – not to belabor the point here – but it’s crushed shells of diatoms – works by contact or ingesting – just cuts the suckers to bits – hooray – however, have run into several folks who used it and their animals got sick – they ingest it and it can cause internal trouble as well. We were turned onto this solution as our stores get roaches, and it works. . My friends cat got too much guardia in it’s system (it’s in all animals, just like a yeast infection, it can get out of hand) – and it was suggested that we put some in her food everyday – that it would be ingested and cut the suckers to pieces. didn’t work- cat got sicker. So -the bottom line is this: the DE works -but it can be harmful to an animal with health issues…..put it in places they can’t reach, and use it as an adjutant to your other plans.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi AJ! Agreed, this is why I don’t suggest putting it on your pets or giving it to them in their food. I recommend it purely for “ground to bug” solutions and for that, it works really well. Thanks for your input.

  26. Lindsey says:

    I am so very sick of fleas!! They are driving me so crazy! I did borax yesterday and let it sit for about 20 hours and there is still many live fleas hopping around. I have no carpets in my house. Not even area rugs and I can’t seem to get rid of them. I have old hardwood floors with the unsealed cracks in them which I vacuum a few times a day. I just set up a huge metal tray in the room that I think is the worst with a big lamp over the soapy water. I’ve already gotten at least 30 fleas. This room is where there seems to be the most fleas and I absolutely doused the entire floor with a ton of borax. I haven’t been able to locate in any articles an approximate time it takes to kill a flea once it has come into contact with the borax. I vaccumed the borax and my vacuum was full of live fleas trying to get out. I ran the vac outside and still 8 hours later they are alive and well in the vac. I was wondering if you could tell me when I might expect results from the borax? I read that it dehydrates the bugs but that’s all the info I could find.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Lindsey! I am not sure about the time between contact and killing them but I suggest that you leave the stuff down for a day or two before vacuuming it up. Repeat the process once or twice more and all the fleas will die.

  27. Lindsey says:

    Also thank you for all the great info on bugs! It’s very helpful and very much appreciated. I’m trying everything that you recommend!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Lindsey! Its a pleasure!

  28. Jamie says:

    Screw soap and water traps, some can and will can escape. Vegetable oil is where its at, even if one or two manage to battle their way out they dont make it far, it clogs up their little air hole/gills. I really dont bother with anything other then an old plate, used vegetable oil and a night light. They hop/fall on and off the dog, when they are off they seem to head for the glowing nitelight of death and all year long you really have to hunt on the dog to even find one, yet plenty keep showing up in the oil trap.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jamie! That is a fantastic suggestion, thank you!

  29. Claire says:

    Hi. I stayed with my boyfriend at his home a week ago (he has four dogs all with flea collars). He has since been looking after someone else’s cat and dog in their home for the past week. I visited him there 3 days ago. He has today returned home to find his own room infested with fleas. He says they are in his car too. When do you think I would know if I have transported them to my own home on my clothes or suitcase?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Claire! I recommend being a bit proactive and just keeping a look out for them. If you don’t see anything after a couple days, don’t worry about it anymore.

  30. Jacque Pattisapu says:

    I have been using white vinegar in a low ling pie plate or bowl with a light next to over it if possible. It has been doing a really good job. I am going to try the borax method tomorrow. Luckily my cat has decided to stay in one room during this flea infestation which does make it easier to treat the rest of the house. TY for your tips. Also, you absolutely must treat your pet with a pet friendly methodif u plans on getting rid of fleas with success. Otherwise, you will battle them forever!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jacque, it is a pleasure, thanks for your comment!

  31. Naomi says:

    First nite of my “Fleas F*&K Off ” Plan!! Going to set up both the candle/water trap and also the vege oil traps and hope that the results will not b as terrible as i think they actually are!…But i know it must b already bad cos me and my 3yr boys legs have both bn snacked on like chicken drumsticks and i can c them on my cats belly (Altho my partner and other son dont get munched on!?!)..Grosses me out so much!!! aarrrggghh lil bastards i hate them and i feel like as much as i prep myself with knowledge n remedies i still dont feel its goin makin this dreaded process any easier !… But i wanted to Thank You for sharing All your wisdom and remedies i appreciate it so very muchly!! :) :) :) I will try everyone of them if i have to and even do them 3x over if neccessary!! hahah.. Cheers

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Noami! Hehe good luck, let me know how it goes!

  32. Jolene says:

    I tried this tonight and it actually worked quite well,within a few minutes there was a few fleas floating around in the soapy water. Think it will take more than once though. So going to have to stock up on tea lights and keep at it. Thanx for the tip, was costing a fortune is house flea sprats etc

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jolene! Yeah you definitely need to repeat, try every night for a week. Thanks for your comment!

  33. christine says:

    Very informative when i flea comb our cats I put a small glass of hot water with soap in it and as I comb the fleas out I quickly put the come in the glass and it kills them (those bugger’ s are quick to jump) it works great

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      H Christine! Great suggestion, thank you!

      • Sandy Hursh says:

        Hi Natasha, so glad i found you, you have given me hope in my flea battle! Do the traps only catch adult fleas or other stages?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Sandy, only adult fleas.

  34. Ben Simon says:

    Howdy Natasha,

    Thanks so much for posting this great info! I have been using these traps for a few nights now and have caught 2-4 fleas per night in varying locations. I have a retreatment coming from the pest control company and also give the cat a good brushing everyday (finding 1-2 dead or alive fleas). What else might you suggest?

    Thanks much,

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ben, nope, it sounds like you have the situation under control, let me know if you still have issues though as it has been awhile (sorry for the late response).

  35. Sonia says:

    Hi :) I am so pleased I stumbled across your site! I have been looking after my friends cat for over a year with no problems, I fully vaccinated him and regularly wormed and flead him. He has now returned to his real owner but only a week later and my ankles and feet were being eaten – and yes there it was a little jumping critter!!!! I know they could have come from anywhere but really!!! So, Yesterday I stripped everything I could, bagged and tied it and formed a queue in the laundry. I vacuumed my house to within an inch of it life and used staykill spray. I sprayed all over and in every nook and cranny and took all the seat coushions off the sofa and went to town with the can. It recommended not to use on human bedding but that being the cats fave sleeping place I drowned the mattress and naked quilt. Managed to sleep in another room where the cat didn’t go. Had no bites last night and again hoovered till my carpets could take no more but caught another little one tonight :( My upstairs is now in darkness apart from a plate of soapy water and a tea light….I love this idea and hope to catch the live ones in there instead of on me! Thank you for all the tips and advice from a distraught English girl x

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Sonia, glad I could help, did you come right?

  36. patricia says:

    Hi what good information i will be using the soap and water tonight and also the salt
    i am going to put salt all round the base boards and the door sure hope this works

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Patricia, it’s a pleasure! Good luck!

  37. Nancy W says:

    Hi Natasha; I have been fighting flea infestation for a long time now. For some reason fleas have a hold on my pets this year. I have them on revolution during 6 months of the year, and give them regular flea baths when I see fleas on them. Twice in the last 6 months I have done a perimeter spray. I came across your website this morning, and was thrilled to read about your dish soap, water, tea light solution. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks a bunch to you and all the folks who left comments. I read almost all of them. I would like to pass on some info I have learned in my war against fleas. First of all, fleas thrive in moist warm places. They love a vacuum cleaner bag. Throw the bags out after each vacuuming. Also fleas in their larvae stage don’t like light . Flea larvae, are white and legless, can be up to ¼-inch long. If conditions are favorable, the larvae will spin cocoons in about 5 to 20 days of hatching from their eggs. They will retreat into cracks in the floor, as well as under baseboards. The next stage is the cocoon stage this is the last stage before the adult flea emerges. It has a sticky outer coating that allows it to hide deep in the carpeting and not be easily removed by light vacuuming or sweeping. The cocoon protects the pupae before the adult flea emerges. If environmental conditions are not favorable, the cocoon can protect the developing flea for months, and in some cases, years. So one can see why infestations of fleas need to be treated diligently, and for an extended period of time in order to kill fleas at all stages. For that reason I recently did a perimeter spray ( I don’t like using chemicals, but needed to gain control somehow) along with Advantage drops, which kills fleas on contact, but is expensive. I’m sure you know all about this Natasha, but just wanted to have some helpful input, in the same way that I have appreciated the info from you and all those who commented. :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Nancy, thanks for your lovely contribution, there are some gems in there. Glad you like my blog, thanks for stopping by!

  38. Cindi says:

    Hi, I love all the ideas, so I thought I’d add my own! I’m going to try the flea traps, but I’m going to use solar lights in a glass in a shallow pan. The lights are the cheap ones at Walmart for under a dollar, and they last most of the night, no worries like a flame.. Just wanted to offer this up!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Cindi, fantastic suggestion, thank you!

  39. gcossey says:

    We set up a mouse sticky trap pad (4 pads in a box for about $2.50). Put 1 with a night light above 1 sticky pad, in the last 2 hours, we have caught 17 fleas. After a few weeks of putting soapy water under a lamp for 2 weeks, and the most fleas we have caught in 24 hours were maybe 20. To keep our cats from touching the sticky pads, we also put a wire soap tray above the sticky pad, but it would work just as well without the wire. I feel like we have had more success with this method than the water dish. And still pretty inexpensive.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Gcossey! That is a fantastic method, thanks for sharing!

  40. TJ says:

    Will a glow stick work in the water and soap trap?

    Also the battery operated tealites could be wrapped carefully in cellophane to keep them away from getting wet yes? This erases the fire hazard.
    Maybe pour the dish soap in the cellophane to make the fleas stick. Yes, no?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi TJ, I havn’t used that but I don’t see why not. Yes, the battery operated ones definitely are a good idea, had a number of people using them.

  41. Jill Jacoby says:

    After much frustration I finally narrowed my flea infestation problem down to my cracks between my wood floor boards! I used a straight pin and vacuum to clean out the cracks and days later when it was done I swept diatomaceous earth (DM) into the cracks. Worked amazingly well. (Make sure to get food grade so it is safe for pets) I also use it under the sofa pillows. I have learned to live with out throw rugs on my wood and tile flooring.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jill, thanks for your feedback, definitely helpful for others!

  42. Ilene says:

    Thank you for your help and suggestions!! I’m now trying the light with soapy water, also vegetable oil in another bowl and salt/baking soda mixture on bedding, furniture, etc. you can buy waterproof, battery operated, super bright LED tea lights from Amazon… they are often used for wedding centerpieces, i didn’t see these submersible tea lights mentioned yet. I’ve bought them from jet and ebay, etc. hope this helps!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ilene, thanks for that fantastic recommendation, absolutely love it. Removed the links because I am sure that people can search amazon, etc. themselves, you are a star!

  43. Janice says:

    Hi, I just recently discovered that my cats are full of fleas. I never had a flea problem this bad till I moved into my new apartments and want to get rid of them cause. I have tried a bath and flea medicine. It did not work. Just recently tried the soap and water with a flea comb and it does wonders. But if you can send me a pic of how to set up the water bowl with light to clean my house i would love it. Because the fleas are in the carpets also. And combing my cats everyday is hard when the fleas just come out of the carpet. Thank you so much.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Janice! Just put the tea light candle (or a waterproof battery operated one) in the middle of a bowl of water, nothing fancy or confusing. The fleas try get to the light and they drown.

  44. Abbey says:

    When u say dish soap do u mean washing up liquid?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Abbey, yeah that will work perfectly.

  45. Tony says:

    I used a round lid the size of a popcorn can with Dawn dish soap and a desk lamp then sprinkled Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) into the carpet. I bought a flea pill from the Vet for $18 for my dog to swallow, a flea collar and then bathed my dog and vacuumed the carpet multiple times. I don’t have fleas jumping on my foot when I walk in the door anymore but I do see tiny fleas in the trap now and a flea jumps on my arm from time to time when I sit in my recliner. I dumped the trap several times and it was loaded with fleas. I’m talking a 100+. My poor old dog was so miserable that I shaved his hair down then continued to bath him every other day. I sprinkled Diatomaceous Earth on his back and the parts he couldn’t lick which is pretty much his whole body but the front paws (he’s a fat little joker so he can’t lick too many spots). I even bought a back scratcher for him and he has come to enjoy the scratching. In times past the flea pill was enough to get rid of the fleas but because of the warm winter the fleas were bad this spring and overwhelming. I also used the Natural Care Flea Tick home spray from Walmart. It has peppermint and clove extract which slowly kills fleas but works more like a deterrent and can be misted on the dog. I used it on my dog but mostly on my chair and carpet. Next, I’m going to need to treat the yard but I’m not sure how to tackle that yet. I enjoyed reading your post.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Tony, thanks for sharing your steps with the community, I really appreciate it. Looks like you are following a solid plan! You can use beneficial nematodes in your yard or ask a pro to handle that part for you as it can be very time consuming. Good luck, let me know how it works out!

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