Dawn Suffocates Insects

Just thought I'd share this here. During a summer camp hosted by a college, one of the science professors shared a cool lesson with us. They showed us how to create a safe wasp killer. As you know, commercial wasp killer are so poisonous.


He diluted about two tablespoons of Dawn dish soap in a cleaner bottle full of water, shook it, and then we waited for the bubbles to clear. He sprayed it on some wasps, and slowly they died. Other soaps worked, but not quite like Dawn. He said the Dawn creates a very strong film which coats the simple breathing holes of insects and they then, unless there's a source of warm running water, die of suffocation.

Perhaps this is why Dawn makes an effective flea bath. It's not the water rinsing them away, it's the Dawn suffocating them. Fleas are an insect.

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October 13, 20130 found this helpful

The flea bath is not successful because of the type of soap, it's the fact that soap breaks up the surface adhesion of the water and they drown. I am sure Dawn is great for a lot of things, but it's not the major factor here. Any soap will do. Check it out on google.

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May 25, 20161 found this helpful

Cool, thanks for sharing...we have both a dog(beagle), and a "house" cat, it seems every time the dog goes out it brings back fleas for the cat. Our vet has our dog on quarterly tablets that are great.


But, our vet says there isnt anything that really does the trick for cats...So I have been looking at videos about dawn before I try it. Didnt seem possible at first, but with your added insight, SIGN ME UP

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September 15, 20180 found this helpful

I never heard that Dawn dish soap works to kill out side bugs

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October 5, 20180 found this helpful

That's great
Real cool

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