Should I use flea traps?
Probably not unless you manage a kennel. In
terms of eliminating fleas, flea traps don't work
very well because they only trap a fraction of the
flea population. The best approach to flea control
is to use the relatively new flea medications
like Frontline (tm) and Advantage (tm) that are
applied directly on the animal, combined with
treating bedding with methoprene (see Related Articles
below). If the new flea medications are too
expensive then the next best approach is to combine
regular flea shampooing and combing with
treatment of bedding with methoprene (see How
to Control Fleas & Ticks).
There is, however, one good use for flea
traps. Since they do trap fleas they can be used as
a sort of early warning system. In large facilities,
like kennels, a small flea infestation may go
unnoticed. Placing a few traps around may uncover a
small, easily controlled infestation, before it gets
out of hand.
How to Control
Fleas With New Medications
Methoprene to Disrupt Flea Development