Does Clorox Kill Bed Bugs?
And Other Solutions for Getting Rid of This Pest
March 25, 2021
When it comes to handling pest infestations, people will try just about anything to get rid of the unwanted intruder. We often field the questions of homeowners who want to try to DIY their pest control, which can work in some cases. Will alcohol kill bed bugs? Don’t count on it. What about lavender oil for bed bugs? You’ll need something more. Does Clorox bleach kill bed bugs? Read on to find out.
Does Clorox Bleach Kill Bed Bugs?
Yes, bleach will kill bed bugs. That very potent smell that bothers you bothers bed bugs, too. It’s so strong that it interferes with the bed bug respiratory system, causing them to suffocate after a few hours of exposure.
While it can kill bed bugs, bleach is not recommended for use on your mattress. You can, however, use it on your color-safe sheets in the washing machine. It just might not be necessary because one of the most reliable treatments for bed bugs is heat—and we often recommend putting your sheets in the dryer first and then the washing machine at high temps!
Note: Bleach is a dangerous chemical that can cause severe bodily harm if not used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Bed Bug Solutions
Since Clorox isn’t our top bed bug solution, we recommend you use these tested and reliable methods:
- Heat: Put the black trash bags full of linens, clothing, and towels outside into direct sunlight, preferably in 80F+ degrees and leave them there until sunset. Heat should kill the existing bugs. Dealing with bed bugs during the cooler months? You can put your things straight into the dryer for a longer time than usual. Then wash in hot water and dry again.
- Clean Areas of Infestations: Give every room a thorough cleaning by scrubbing every surface with a stiff brush to dislodge the eggs. Then vacuum every surface multiple times. Don’t give them a chance to get out, so be sure to toss vacuum cleaner bags in outside cans immediately.
- Insecticide Strips: You can find insecticide strips at your local home improvement store. Put personal items made of fabric like throw blankets and pillows, stuffed animals, and slippers into black trash bags with insecticide strips. You’ll need to keep these bags outside for a few days.
- Call Green Pest Solutions. If you have any signs of bed bugs, don’t delay! Call us right away at 877-636-9469. We know just how to get these pesky pests out for good.
Bed Bugs Facts and Checklist
Remember how to identify common bed bugs that might have invaded your home and how to get rid of them.