To make a homemade flea trap, add water and 2 tablespoons of dish soap to pie plates or large bowls with low sides, and put a candle in the middle of each plate. Position the light sources carefully when using electrical lighting such as nightlights. This flea trap effectively attracts fleas to the light and makes them drown in the soapy water.
Use light-colored pie plates and bowls to draw in fleas more effectively. An alternative to soapy water is sticky paper, which you can place at the bottom and inner sides of the containers. Use desk lights or clip lights if candles are not available, but make sure they do not topple to prevent electrical shock or fire. Let tealights float on the water surface, or place the flea trap below a plug-in nightlight.
To eliminate fleas effectively, wash pets using warm water and a safe dish detergent, leaving the soapy water on the animals for up to 10 minutes. Rinse them with vinegar. Additionally, use hot water and borax powder to wash bedding and clothes.
Spread borax powder throughout possible flea-infested areas, especially corners, cracks and common hangout areas of your pets. Read the directions properly when using a pesticide, store food safely, and keep children and pets away from treated areas. Clean by vacuuming extensively, and dispose the bag in a double garbage bag outside.