Written by

David Floyd

David Floyd

Reviewed by

Brett Ehlert

Brett Ehlert

Does Lysol Kill Bed Bugs? – Tried and Tested in 2024

Bed bugs are a highly problematic household pest, as they can greatly disrupt your ability to sleep. Additionally, they are notoriously challenging to eliminate, as they often hide and can survive for extended periods without feeding, making it nearly impossible to completely eradicate an infestation. In this article, we will be exploring whether lysol is effective in killing bed bugs, and if it can be considered as a potential treatment method. We will also discuss whether traditional bed bug treatment options may be more effective. Read on to find out more!

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Does Lysol Kill Bed Bugs?

Yes, lysol does kill bed bugs because it has active ingredients such as ethanol, ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol which is toxic to bed bugs and other insects. That being said, lysol isn’t a recommended bed bug treatment, because lysol only kills when a large amount is physically sprayed onto bed bugs.

Does Lysol Kill Bed Bugs

What’s In Lysol?

Lysol is in just about every household in the country, so it’s safe to say it doesn’t contain any ingredients that are particularly harmful to humans, so how would it be harmful to bed bugs?

The most harmful ingredients to bed bugs that is inside lysol would be the ethanol and the isopropyl alcohol which is toxic to bed bugs, but not toxic to humans at this ratio. That being said, we definitely don’t recommend consuming or getting lysol products in your eyes.

Lysol has been rumored to kill a whole slew of different household pests, so we decided to test them all out:

Why Don’t We Recommend Using Lysol To Kill Bed Bugs?

Although Lysol does technically kill bed bugs, we don’t recommend you use it as a bed bug treatment plan.

lysol and bed bugs

Lysol kills bed bugs moderately effectively when Lysol is doused on the bed bugs directly. But because bed bugs are so good at hiding, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to directly spray every single bed bug in your home with Lysol.

Along with this, bed bugs can repopulate extremely quickly, so it’s very important to kill an entire colony at a single time, because if you don’t kill the entire population, then the remaining bed bugs will simply repopulate and you’ll be right back at step one.

What Bed Bug Treatments Do We Recommend Instead of Lysol?

Bed bug can be extremely difficult to completely eliminate because they are excellent at hiding, along with this, female bed bugs can lay between 1-7 eggs per day after feeding (1), which means they’ll reproduce extremely quickly if they aren’t completely eliminated.

Generally speaking, the best treatment option for bed bugs is going to be a heat treatment. Bed bug heat treatments such as using a bed bug steamer are more effective because the heat kills bed bugs who are hiding in the crevices that a traditional spray treatment can’t get into. This ensures that the entire colony of bed bugs is killed rather than just the ones you can see at the time of treatment.

If you don’t want to use a bed bug steamer, you can give a bed bug fogger a shot. Although these don’t use heat treatments, they do a better job of dispersing the treatment into all the areas that bed bugs might be hiding in compared to a traditional liquid treatment.

Final Thoughts On Bed Bugs and Lysol

Although it might be tempting to solve your bed bug infestation with Lysol since you probably have the product on hand, but it’s just not going to be an effective treatment! We recommend you use a more effective bed bug treatment rather than trying to do a DIY treatment.




David Floyd:

David Floyd has 20 years of experience working as a pest control technician as well as running his own pest control company. David is Quality Pro certified and is a certified Structural Pest Control Operator in the state of North Carolina, and the owner of NCPestControlExperts pest control company.

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