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Will Soapy Water Kill Bed Bugs

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Will a spray bottle with soapy water kill bedbugs if sprayed directly on them?

Soapy water sprayed directly on bed bugs can break down the waxy coating on a bed bug's exoskeleton, causing dehydration and death. The water should thoroughly coat the insect. Instead of water, you can try rubbing alcohol. Do not soak any surfaces.

That said, I'd prefer you go with an inexpensive insecticide tested against insecticide resistant insects such as Sterifab Spray. The Sterifab combines alcohol and a bit of insecticide. It is mattress safe, low cost and it has been independently tested and confirmed effective against insecticide resistant bed bugs.

To reduce the size of the bed bug problem, I'd also suggest using a spray that has residual or long term killing action. This way, bed bugs that you miss during treatment will be killed when they cross through the invisible field created by the spray. For this, I'd suggest either Phantom or Bedlam.

To save money, you can buy all the products you need in a bed bug kit that also contains bed bugs dust (also called diatomaceous earth or fossil dust). You can buy a bag of dust for about $5 to $10 in most hardware or garden centers. Apply with a duster and it creates a thin barrier that will kill the bed bugs when the dust clings to their outer skeleton.

So skip the soapy water. Go with a proven insecticide based product you buy through Amazon or a local Home Depot.

Also, expect to require multiple treatments. You can view detailed bed bug treatment instructions here.

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Jul 09, 2017
not true
by: Anonymous

I kill bedbugs with soapy water. Proven time and time again. and its cheap.

Editor Comment

Yes, soapy water can kill bed bugs, but it may not be the most effective method for eliminating an infestation. Soap can help break down the waxy coating on a bed bug's exoskeleton, causing it to dehydrate and die. However, it's important to note that soap and water will only kill bed bugs that come into direct contact with it.

To use soapy water to kill bed bugs, you can create a solution of water and dish soap in a spray bottle and apply it directly to the bugs. It's important to ensure that the solution is not too diluted and that you are targeting the bugs directly. However, using soapy water alone may not be enough to eradicate an entire bed bug infestation, as it may not reach all the hiding places where bed bugs can be found.

If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, it's best to contact a pest control professional who can properly identify and treat the problem using a variety of methods, including pesticides, heat treatments, and other methods.

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