1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 20, 2008

:233 Flea Control

Filed under: :233 Flea Control — Tags: , , — John Banta @ 12:03 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:233 EcoTip: Fleas from pets can be controlled by using light traps to capture them at night. The fleas are attracted by a small light that entices them to jump into the trap where they are trapped by a sticky pad or drown in a shallow pan of water. In order for the trap to be effective it is important that the room with the trap not have any other night lights to distract the fleas from our goal.

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review:

You can purchase the flea trap shown above from ARBICO

Or make your own by placing a shallow pie tin on the floor in the room where you want to catch fleas. Place about a quarter of an inch of water in the bottom of the tin and add two drops of dish washing detergent. Shine a small desk lamp into the water. Try to have the entire beam of light focused into the water and not spill over the edge of the pie tin. The fleas are attracted to the light from distances of up to 20 feet. When they jump at the light, they fall into the water and drown. Do this each night and count the next morning to see how your catch is progressing. When the body count goes down in an area, move the trap somewhere else and try again. Flea eggs will hatch in batches, so be prepared to move the trap back to the areas of infestation and repeat the process as necessary.

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