Pest ControlGet Rid of Fleas with Just a Lamp Soap and Water

Get Rid of Fleas with Just a Lamp Soap and Water

This simple tutorial of how to get rid of fleas with a just a lamp, soap and water is highly effective, fugal and old fashioned wisdom. Exchange the lamp for a lit candle and this was just one method of how homesteaders long ago dealt with fleas.

Anyone who’s suffered through living with fleas knows what a nightmare the little bloodsuckers make day to day life. To avoid all-out flea vs. human warfare, it’s vital that you stop the infestation before it gets out of control. There are many home remedies that will supposedly do so, but this is the best one I’ve ever found.

Get Rid of Fleas with Just a Lamp Soap and Water

With just a lamp and a bowl of soapy water, you can help end a flea infestation before it starts.

You will need:
• small desk lamp
• bowl
• Dawn (or similar brand) dishwashing soap
• water


Set this up in a room where fleas are present.

1. Mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid into warm water in the bowl. Fill the bowl about ¾ full.

2. Set the bowl and lamp next to each other on the floor.

3. Once it’s dark, turn the lamp on and leave the room.

4. Dump the bowl the next morning and replace the following evening.

The fleas will jump toward the light, land in the soapy water. The Dawn makes it impossible for them to escape the water, causing them to drown.


The lamp helps to lure fleas in, but it isn’t necessary for the soapy water to work. In addition to this nighttime setup, you can also place bowls of soapy water in high-traffic areas in the house – just keep them out-of-the-way enough that they won’t be knocked over.

To help wipe the infestation out completely, salt your carpets with borax (make sure there are no children or animals who could crawl on the carpet and consume the borax). Leave it there for about 24 hours and then vacuum it up repeatedly, disposing carefully of the bag every time. Do this every day until the infestation clears.

Updated: Here are even more tips for getting rid of fleas. The article below is from Pest Strategies and has a lot of different methods for getting rid of fleas.

Get Rid of Fleas with Just a Lamp Soap and Water

Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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