Best DIY Homemade Vinegar Bed Bug Killer
Does vinegar kill bedbugs? Yes. Does it cure them? No.
Vinegar is a contact killer. This means that spraying it directly on bedbugs will kill them. Old home remedies are safe, but won't eradicate bed bugs in most cases. Read the comments section below to see results other readers have seen. Vinegar is no Hot Shot, Bed Bug Bully, or JT Eaton. Its a natrual but slow way to kill bed bugs over time.
You can not cure bed bugs with one solution. Vinegar is a natural way to get rid of them, or at least until you can come up with a long-lasting solution. If you are waiting for a pest control professional to come treat your home, or for bug spray to arrive in the mail, vinegar will buy you some time.
How to Make and Use a Homemade Bed Bug Spray
Homemade vinegar remedies for bed bugs are not pesticides, but they are much safer and might work during early infestation. Here's how to make one:
- Purchase white vinegar such as Heinz Distilled, Walmart or Kroger Brand.
- Purchase an empty stray bottole such as ULINE, UPC Bottles or something from your local Dollar Tree.
- Fill the bottle halfway with vinegar and halfway with water. Use a 1:1 ratio.
- Tighten the lid and shake well.
- Spray directly onto bed bugs.
- Holding bottle a few inches from the mattress, spray the corners and underside.
- Wash sheets and blankets with vinegar.
Inexpensive First Steps After Finding Bed Bugs
• Use caulk to seal cracks. This way the bugs don't have an easy place to hide.
• Soak the perimeter around the infested furniture, remove curtains, and spray all items including window sills, walls, and other hard-surfaces.
• Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Soak all infested surfaces, including cracks and crevices.
Disadvantages of Using Vinegar
- The smell is terrible and long lasting. Use a ratio percentage of alcohol to get a similar result without the smell.Over 80% of readers can stand the smell of vinegar.
- You might only push bed bugs into hiding.
- Some furniture could be damaged due to the low PH of Vinegar.
- This approach will have little effect in major infestations.
- Mixing vinegar with baking soda causes an explosive effect.
- Mixing bleach with vinegar causes dangerous gas.
- May have a toxic effect on some reptilian pets.
Advantages of Using Vinegar
- Can be used for short term relief. The acidic content of vinegar is enough to disrupt their nervous systems.
- Vinegar is also known as acetic acid, it has a low PH, and is cheap.
- It can be purchased almost anywhere.
- This method is very safe. You can spray as much as you need and no one is going to be exposed to toxic chemicals.
- Bed bugs don't like vinegar.
- Can be used in homes with children.
- Is safe to use near cats and dogs.
- When hot water is used instead of cold water, bugs die faster.
- Promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Your Thoughts Please
Can you stand the smell of vinegar
An Experiment With Vinegar
I obtained a couch from someone with a bed bug problem. A man with a barn was kind enough to let me do this experiment there. Thanks, Mr. B!
- We used a 100% solution of pure white vinegar. We filled spray bottles and used paper towels and butter knives to soak every inch of the couch. This won't work if you can't get out in every crack, crevice, and surface.
- This took three people four hours, but the results were promising. We observed only one small bed bug in a week. We missed the eggs, however. Vinegar has nearly no residual effect and does not work on eggs.
- The lesson is, in order for this to work as the sole treatment, you would need to use gallons of vinegar and reapply every five days. Um, did I mention the smell?
- We also observed bed bugs running away from the couch. One way to kill these bugs too is to soak the perimeter of the object you are about to spray with vinegar. Then use a spray bottle to spray around baseboards and windows. Take down curtains and wash them. Spray your TV stand and bookcases. Finally, spray the infested item last. This way, when they try to run, all they are going to run into is more vinegar.
- The conclusion is that using vinegar is not a good solution to bedbugs. I understand that some people have no other choice but to use this method, but I recommend you do whatever it takes to come up with the funds for a real solution. Remember, you are not alone. Seek help. Do not be ashamed or hide an infestation. Face it, and do whatever it takes to eliminate the bed bugs.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Bed Bug Bites
While white vinegar is good for bed bug repellant, apple cider vinegar is what you should use to treat the bites. Most people report intense itching after being bitten. The low PH in white vinegar is too abrasive to treat itching.
- Apple Cider Vinegar To Treat Bites
- Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Walmart Great Value Apple Cider Vinegar
- VitaCoast Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is made from the fruit off the vine. An apple a day will keep the doctor away, and applying this type of vinegar will keep the itching away.
The best way to use this anti-itching treatment is to apply the apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and apply directly to the bite.
Other natural remedies for bites are:
- Witch hazel
- Juniper berries
- Oatmeal paste
- Used green tea bags
Now that you know how to use white and apple cider vinegar, you can give it a try. Just remember that heavy infestations will need a professional. This solution works best for infestations caught early.
Questions & Answers
You mentioned alcohol to get rid of bed bugs. Are you speaking of white rubbing alcohol? I was told bed bugs hate the green, but it makes them run and doesn't kill them.
Yes. I recommend using the strongest clear rubbing alcohol. While some people report success with the 70% variety, I think the best results come when using the 90% + type.
The green rubbing alcohol has menthol or wintergreen additives. This might make them run but usually indicates less alcohol. This makes it less effective than the clear.
Do bed bugs just sit on your bed in the daylight and not move?
Yes. Bed bugs can sit on your bed in the day-light and sit perfectly still. Bed bugs are nocturnal by nature, but they are not limited to staying in the dark. They may be very much like vampires, but direct sunlight does not harm them.
There might be a reason the bugs are coming out in the day. Sometimes it is because of your sleeping habit. Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide we breath out. If you spend a lot of daylight hours in bed, it could influence the bed bugs feeding hours.
Where does the adult bed bug hide?
Adult bed bugs can hide anywhere. The most common place to find them is around the head of your bed, under the mattress and in the frame. Even though adult bed bugs are larger than nymphs, they have the ability to become quite flat and squeeze into the smallest of places.
Does heat get rid of bed bugs?
Heat needs to be 118 F for 20 min to kill bed bugs. While home heating might not make them dry up or run, the hotter the home, the slower they will breed. Home heat is not a solution for bed bugs. Some companies specialize in heat treatments for bed bugs. Drying items on high heat in a dryer on its highest heat for an hour is usually sufficient to kill bed bugs.
I noticed you mentioned Hot Shot to get rid of bed bugs. I tried spraying everything then setting off three bombs then spraying again. In my opinion, it does not work. Did it work for you or does it not do as advertised?
It does work for many people. However, if the main ingredient in Hot Shot has been used a lot where you live, it is likely that the bed bugs have grown immune to it. Hot Shot would need to change their formula or offer other bed bug products with other active ingredients to solve this problem. If Hot Shot doesn't work for you then you need a pesticide that uses a different active ingredient to kill your bed bugs. Bed bugs can grow immunities to pesticides quickly, this causes a lot of problems for consumers. It isn't easy knowing what pesticides your bed bugs might be immune to.
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