Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 0 mins

I used the method to reduce the flea population in my den after it exploded. Didn't want to use that much Frontline or the bug bombs. I DID use Frontline but just 3 or 4 squirts. Less chemicals in my house, the better.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 -2 teaspoon dish laundry detergent


  1. Bring a big plate into the area of infestation (I used a big plastic dinner plate 1 cm deep) Mix warm water and detergent and pour into plate.
  2. Place plate in a safe place away from children or pets.
  3. The fleas will be attracted by the warm water, jump into the mixture and drown as there is no surface tension (the detergent took care of that)
  4. No one and no pets were allowed in my den when I was using this method.
  5. Changed it 2-3 times a day until infestation has been reduced.


Most Helpful

I used this treatment years ago, it was recommended that you have a light shining down on the water to attract the fleas during the night ( used a desk lamp).My DH questioned how the fleas would know to go to that room, so I made a big sign saying " Fleas -- this way". Don't know if it was the sign or the light but we sure caught alot of them.

Una Rose March 23, 2004

I have used this for years and while it won't rid the house completely of fleas, it sure does help. I use foil pie pans, put a few drops of dish liquid (don't use citrus scent of any kind), put some water in it, swish it around and put it under a night light. I've used it on hard wood floors as well as carpet. If your dogs have fleas, you can soap them up with Dawn dish liquid, let it sit a couple of minutes and they wash right off! I prefer it to pesticides on my pups!

For JT's Grandma March 21, 2013

Don't use lemon soap. It repels fleas.

Kelli #2 September 14, 2005

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