Does Lysol Kill Bed Bugs? Why Lysol Isn’t Good for Killing Bed Bugs

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We buy cleaning products to get rid of germs, and one of the most popular tool that we use is Lysol. However, there’s been a lot of talk that involves Lysol being more than just a cleaning agent. Internet discussions and some posts claim that this product can kill bed bugs. But is it true? Does Lysol kill bed bugs?

Let’s find out.

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Lysol is great for getting rid of dirt, but that doesn’t make it effective against bed bugs. CC Image courtesy of Mike Mozart on Flickr

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What’s Lysol?

Just in case you don’t already know, Lysol is a brand that sells everyday cleaning and disinfecting products. These products are made to get rid of bacteria and viruses, and probably the most famous one is the Lysol spray.

What can Lysol do to bed bugs?

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Lately, a lot of homeowners claim that Lysol doesn’t only do what it’s made for. It’s also said to be effective against insects, especially bed bugs. But is there any truth to this? Does Lysol kill bed bugs?

Well, yes. Lysol can kill bed bugs… but so does all other cleaners and liquids in your house. And those include bleach, essential oils and even dishwashing soap.

In other words, practically anything can kill bed bugs if you drown them in it. So spraying Lysol to bed bugs only works if it’s in direct contact with them and if the bugs are really soaked with the stuff.

All in all, spraying a light amount won’t do much. And after the spray dries, it totally loses its effectiveness, so bed bugs would just ignore it.

How to Use Lysol to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Normally, we’d advice against Lysol since we have way more effective remedies for bed bugs. But if you absolutely have no other option than to use Lysol, here are some tips that may be helpful in killing off those pesky blood suckers.

  • Clean your house as much as possible. Clear out the clutter, and throw away the things that you don’t need anymore.
  • Look for bed bugs between the seams in your beddings, in the crevices of your bed frame, at the bottom sides of your furniture, inside wall cracks and holes.
  • Drown the bugs with Lysol. You may need a lot of the stuff, so buy a few cans in advance.
  • Keep spraying until the bed bugs are clearly dead. You don’t want them to still be alive after the spray dries out.
  • ​Lysol isn’t a good option for bed bug eggs, so you’ll have to combine this method with another treatment.
  • Speaking of other treatments, you can also use rubbing alcohol in your quest to get rid of these bugs.

Well, does Lysol kill bed bugs? Yes. And so does any other cleaning agent or household chemical.

However, the most important point you can take away from this is post is that bed bugs can be killed by unconventional methods, but that does not necessarily mean that they’re going to be super effective. That’s why you have to be sure. When in it comes to eradicating these insects, you should only use proven treatments.

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