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Understanding attraction stimuli of the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, in non-chemical control methods


Dr Gunter Müller, Department of Parasitology, Hadassah Medical School, Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMIRC), Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91120, Israel. Tel.: +972 2 675 8091; Fax: +972 2 675 7425; E-mail:


Comparisons were conducted of flea catches of four commercially available flea traps in the laboratory and under field conditions, in both rural and urban locations. The results clearly showed the My Flea Trap™, which utilizes an intermittent light to attract fleas, to be far superior in trapping ability to the three continuous light traps; it caught up to 23 times as many fleas as the other traps. Altering the lighting mechanism to provide continuous rather than intermittent light significantly decreased the number of fleas captured. In addition, the use of a green filter significantly increased trapping efficiency, whereas the addition of a heat source had no apparent effect.