Just hearing ‘bed bugs’ is enough to send panic into the hearts of a property owner. Statistically speaking, bed bugs affect one in five homes each year. They are commonly found in bed frames, mattresses, couches, and even in stuffed animals. No matter where they are located in the home, most people don’t like or want to live with these annoying pests.
Naturally, when there is an infestation of any type, people look for options to solve the problem quickly. When it comes to bed bugs, the good news is, there are options available that are effective and some that can even guarantee you won’t be seeing them again. In this article, we’ll look at what methods work best against bed bugs- and finally answer the question, “Does Lysol kill bed bugs?”
What kills bed bugs?
Anyone that has bed bugs or has dealt with them in the past knows that the number one objective is to get rid of them quickly. Bed bugs are some of the more frightening unwanted house guests that we can have and can be very difficult to get rid of. If you’re curious about what works well and what doesn’t, we’ve comprised a great list of options available. Though at-home remedies or DIY bed bug removal may seem like a great idea, to get the greatest peace of mind that your home is no longer infested is by calling your pest control professionals.
Historically, heat has been the number one go-to method for getting rid of bed bugs. While this might seem rather unconventional of a pest controller, it has proven to be the top choice for many companies. Heat is somewhat predictable. The reason being is once a room heats to 117-122 degrees Fahrenheit, bed bugs die. They hate the heat, and when exposed to an extended process, the adults and eggs cannot live.
Heat treatments can be a preferred method for those looking to naturally kill bed bugs. Because most often, this treatment doesn’t involve using pesticides, it is a favorite amongst those that are worried about chemicals and the effect they have on the environment and their homes.
Why is heat the best choice? Simply put, bed bugs can never develop a resistance to heat like they can with pesticides.
After heat treatments, there are quite a few pesticide solutions available that can eliminate bed bugs. Most pest controllers agree though that pesticides alone are not as effective as heat treatments plus pesticides, or heat treatments on their own. The pesticide industry has three different types of chemicals that work against bed bugs.
This chemical insecticide is derived from chrysanthemums. You might know this by a different name or association, including the classic holiday flower. This pesticide will attack the bugs’ nervous system. It will cause the system to have a misfire and eventually fail.
For the same level of effectiveness, pyrethroids can be used to combat bed bugs. The pyrethroids are the synthetic counterpart to chrysanthemums. Both this and pyrethrins act as a contact poison. This means when you spray it, it will instantly kill the pest.
Desiccants are bed bug powders, whereas the other two are typically used as a spray. This pest controlling powder can be used on several types of insects. It works in a different way than the other two as it will destroy the exoskeleton protecting the bed bug, versus destroying the nervous system.
Lysol is a disinfectant spray. It claims to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, but can it be used on bed bugs? Most of the active ingredients contained in Lysol are public knowledge. This is because Lysol is a registered cleaning product. Though we may use it for sanitizing surfaces, it’s general use isn’t for killing bugs. Take a look at some of the most common ingredients contained in Lysol wipes and sprays:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Lactic acid
- Hydrogen peroxide
If notice, these four active ingredients don’t contain any of the three pesticides listed above. In fact, these ingredients listed are specifically designed to work together to disinfect and sanitize. While they may be extremely effective against killing certain bacteria and germs, they don’t do an excellent job of attracting bed bugs and killing them. However, it can be interesting to note that the ingredients listed could be toxic to a bed bug. Though it wouldn’t matter. Bed bugs would not be attracted to the taste or smell of Lysol enough to ingest.
Most insecticides work on the premise of direct contact and killing, or a bait system where the chemicals will need to be ingested. If an insect isn’t attracted to the bait or spray, they will avoid it.
Pros and Cons of Using Lysol
If you’re thinking about using Lysol as a homemade option against bed bugs, you may want to weigh the pros and cons. Though Lysol is an inexpensive purchase that can be done at any store, it may not be the best option for effective bed bug control.
The biggest pro to using Lysol is that it is incredibly inexpensive. It is also widely available, and you don’t need a license to procure the products. One of the best upsides to using Lysol around the home is you can be confident your home is protected against bacteria and viruses, which is never a bad thing.
Lysol is not proven to be effective at killing bed bugs or any other pests. It all boils down to function. Lysol’s essential designated function is to sanitize surface areas. It is not designed to kill pests around the home.
There you have it. If you’re thinking about trying Lysol to solve your bed bug problems, you might want to rethink it. This product isn’t designed to kill insects and hasn’t been proven affected for this use. Instead, consider the more professional routes with your local pest controller. Heat is regarded as the most effective means of bed bug elimination while combing with pesticides can guarantee a 100% pest-free home.
Are you experiencing a bed bug problem? Bug Guys Pest Control is proud to offer bed bug extermination throughout the Coachella Valley. Receive a free quote online by clicking here or giving us a call at (442) 227-8409.