Will Alcohol Kill Bed Bugs ?

Spotting a bed bug on your furniture is probably the worst nightmare for you as a homeowner. Tiny in size, this blood-sucking insect is a nuisance. It can turn your home-sweet-home into a bug-infested hellhole in a matter of days. One of the frightening features of this insect is that it multiplies at an alarmingly fast rate, and what starts as a small infestation quickly turns into an invasion.

The sight of a small insect crawling on the seams of your mattress is a surefire sign that there is a family of bed bugs somewhere in your house. They could well be hiding in the corners of the very mattress you are sleeping on.

Bed bug on a stick

Some call fumigation services to get rid of the nuisance with the hope of getting rid of it once and for all. The main problem with this process is that bed bugs are immune to almost all pesticides. So, a majority uses home remedies to get rid of them, which come with their own set of problems.

The last thing you want is for a home remedy to not work. Bed bug bites are itchy. These critters tend to leave either a cluster or an Orion’s belt of bite marks on the skin. Some bed bug bites are even microscopic, invisible to the naked eye, yet still itchy as anything. Bed bugs sense carbon dioxide while moving and will latch on your blood when you are sleeping. Even a little movement in your sleep may alert them, and they will go hurrying back to their place of hiding.

They are often found resting in corners of your mattress or furniture which makes it challenging for people to locate them. And if you see a bed bug, you will have this feeling of impending doom throughout the day, wondering how many of them are there in places where you eat, work, and sleep. You will also have to shake away the thoughts of a bed bug crawling on your skin.

Some people, in haste and fear, throw away their infested mattresses or piece of furniture. This doesn’t help eliminate the entire population of bed bugs. Also, if you buy new furniture in place of the older one, it will also be at risk of getting infected.

Moving into a new place is also not a viable option. These creatures will move with you. Cleansing the entire house is the only way to get rid of them for good. As discussed, since many insecticides fail to kill these insects, people opt for home remedies, which too often don’t work.

However, there is one home remedy to kill beg begs and it works. We’re talking about rubbing alcohol. The product is economical and can even be prepared at home.


Does Rubbing Alcohol Kill Bed Bugs

People often ask, ‘does alcohol kill bed bugs and their eggs‘ with a lot of skepticism. Despite many naysayers, rubbing alcohol does work like magic in eliminating bedbugs. Alcohol is a drying agent and when it comes in contact with bugs, it kills them instantaneously by dissolving their cells.

Do keep in mind though that alcohol is highly flammable and should be used with caution. Even if a match is lit in close proximity to it, it will catch on fire.

Having said this, when it comes to killing bed bugs, rubbing alcohol is a pocket-friendly product that will even act as a shield protecting any surface it is applied over from bugs that are looking to crawl or lay eggs on that surface. This ensures that spraying our furniture and your mattress with alcohol will help reduce the insect’s population.

There are generally two types of alcohol solution that people use to get rid of bed bug infestation: 70 percent rubbing alcohol and a 91 percent solution.

The latter has a lower content of dihydrogen monoxide and it doesn’t evaporate instantly. On the other hand, 70 percent rubbing alcohol evaporates if you leave its cap open. It will also be ineffective on the surface where you want to spray the contents. This is because the low-concentrated solution will evaporate in no time.


How Rubbing Alcohol Helps Kill Bed Bugs

The effectiveness of alcohol in killing bed bugs is because of the following reasons:

Alcohol is Toxic to Bed Bug Eggs

Alcohol is toxic for bed bugs because, as mentioned above, it dissolves living cells on contact. For bed bugs, alcohol is a poison which kills them instantly. While killing grown insects is easy, you have to spray the content directly on eggs to stop more insects from hatching.

It Damages Their Sensitive Skin

It may appear that beg bugs have tough skin since it requires a lot of effort and heavy insecticides to kill them. The truth is that these insects have quite delicate and sensitive skins. This is why when you expose them to alcohol, they die immediately.

It is important to check the concentration of alcohol that you use to kill bed bugs. If the concentration is below 70 percent, you will have to spray your house and furniture many times over. Alcohol with higher concentration works betters and more quickly.

It Destroys Their Organs

Rubbing alcohol is probably the most effective way to kill bed bugs. As soon as a bed bug comes in contact with alcohol, it suffers from organ failure. Alcohol not only messes with bed bugs’ physiology, it also scorches their bodies. It stops the fluid flow in their bodies by messing up with their pH level.

Homemade Bed Bug Spray Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is available in the market at an affordable price. But if you want to make it yourself at home, you can easily do so. You need the following to get started:

Two pounds of white sugar (not bleached).

  • A jar of baker’s yeast.
  • 1 gallon of purified water.
  • A glass drinking jug or 2 empty jugs made of HDPE plastic.

Once you arrange the required items, make sure that all containers are sterilized. Follow the following steps to prepare homemade bed bug spray:

  • Add three tablespoons of yeast into the first jug.
  • Pour in the two pounds of sugar
  • Keep the thermometer and hold it under the running tap water. Adjust the knobs and stops when the water reaches 115 degrees.
  • Fill the jug with the hot water to about three inches.
  • Stir well or shake the jug to break down the yeast.
  • Put a lid on the container but don’t make it airtight. Leave some space for the carbon dioxide to get in.
  • Set the container in a dark place, for example, the top shelf of a cupboard, which isn’t used much.
  • Allow the mixture to ferment for two weeks.
  • After the period of 15 days, pour the mixture into another container.
  • Prepare a pot which is big enough to hold the container as well as leaving some space around it.
  • Fill the space with water to the level that it doesn’t boil over.
  • Turn on your stove to high and place the pot. Bring it to a boil.
  • Continue boiling until all the solution is evaporated.
  • Seal it in an airtight container.
  • The mixture is ready to use.

You may have realized by now that preparing rubbing alcohol at the home is a tedious process. Also, the two-week wait period that it requires will make your bed bug population grow. The mixture, however, is pure and highly effective.

Rubbing Alcohol to kill bed bugs

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs with Alcohol

The first step that you need to do is thoroughly vacuum the entire house. Pay special attention to the area under the beds and behind the furniture.

Once the house is clean, fill an empty spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray the area where there is a bed bug infestation. Spray particularly on sheets and bed clothing. You can also put these items in a plastic bag and before sealing them, spray them with alcohol. This procedure will kill bed bugs eggs as well.

In the case of large infestations, gather all items, clothing and linen from each room and bag them in plastic. Before sealing them, spray vigorously with alcohol to kill the insects.

Wipe down electronic items or the furniture with alcohol wipes.

To save yourself from the bite of a bed bug during the time it takes for the alcohol to work its magic, apply rubbing alcohol on yourself from head to toe before sleeping at night. This will keep bed bugs away from you.

According to experts, follow the rubbing alcohol procedure with steam cleaning to get rid of bed bugs completely.

Does Alcohol Kill Bed Bugs

Let’s round up the post by going back to our very first question: Does alcohol kill bed bugs? The answer is yes, it does. One thing that you need to take care of is taking all safety measures before spraying your home with alcohol. It is flammable, so be careful when lighting a matchstick near the surface on which you applied a layer of alcohol.