Country Lore: Catch Fleas With Sticky Tape

You don't need anything exotic. Sticky tape is an effective way to catch fleas if and when you see them on you.

| June/July 2009

catch fleas sticky tape

Don't feed this little fellow. For a quick kill, sticky tape is one way to catch fleas.


Fleas and flea bites have been an annoyance to people since the beginning of time. And just about all of us who are around animals have looked down to find a few of the little bloodsuckers on our ankles and legs.

An easy and reliable way to catch fleas after they've leapt the gap from animal to human is to grab a short length of sticky tape (duct, masking, cellophane) and nab that little sucker! Be prepared to fold it over as soon as you lift it off, because some fleas can free themselves from the less sticky tapes if given enough time.

Michael Aiken
Dallas, GA 

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