At Magical Pest, one of the most common questions we get is “what kills bed bugs?” Unfortunately, bed bugs are resistant to many common household pesticides, so they can be tedious to get rid of. One of the more common household solutions recommended to kill bed bugs is alcohol. Does it actually work?
Yes, but only in a limited capacity. If you douse bed bugs in alcohol, it will kill them. One of the recommendations by DIY bed bug exterminators is to use a spray bottle filled with 70-99% alcohol to target the pests upon sight. This method will be effective to get rid of bed bugs you are able to spot.
Why Getting Rid of Bed Bugs With Alcohol Isn’t a Good Idea
The real issue is that the majority of your bed bug problem will remain well hidden, and unaffected by this method of treatment. Bed bugs are nocturnal, unlike most of us, so they’re most active when we’re asleep. This makes it difficult to catch bed bugs on the move.
Bed bugs are expert hiders. They hang out in any manner of places where they are well concealed from human eyes. This includes your mattress, wooden and upholstered furniture such as bed frames, nightstands, sofas and chairs, carpet, and even nearby electronics. Dousing each of these items in alcohol is likely not a viable option.
In addition, soaking linens and other areas of your home with alcohol can lead to a potentially dangerous living situation. Alcohol is extremely flammable, and can be ignited by something as a cigarette or cooking dinner.
Get Rid of Bed Bugs with a Bed Bug Heat Treatment
In order to effectively get rid of bed bugs, we recommend a more thorough treatment method that treats your entire bed bug problem at once. Magical Pest Control specializes in using bed bug heat treatments. A heat treatment penetrates any area where bed bugs may be hiding without causing damage to your home or belongings. Learn more about our bed bug heat treatment process.
If you’d like to schedule a bed bug heat treatment with us, call (905) 738-6676 and we’d be happy to help. We offer free phone consultations to help determine whether or not a heat treatment is ideal for your situation.