What is a Lysol spray is one of the most common questions you’ll find online. To start with, Lysol is a home disinfectant manufactured from chemicals. It’s essentially used to kill germs – microscopic organisms that live in and around homes and other shared spaces, such as public restrooms and workplaces. These places need constant disinfection hence the need for Lysol to show its capability.
While doing domestic chores, we come in contact with many of these microscopic organisms, especially bacteria, fungi, and viruses, most of which are disease-causing and should not be allowed around us. Lysol spray can be used to get rid of some of these germs on shared surfaces. However, Lysol spray works have also proven to be effective against a common household pest – bed bugs. It has been reported to kill bed bugs when applied directly on them and in infested areas. There are claims that as soon as the substance comes in contact with them they die within a couple of minutes.
Now, the question on the lips of many is: Does Lysol kill bed bugs? People want to know if it really does kill bed bugs, and how effective it is against the pest.
What is Lysol made of?
There could be more than one answer to the chemical composition of Lysol since there are different forms of that trademarked product from Reckitt Benckiser. The active disinfecting ingredient is mostly Benzalkonium Chloride also known as alkyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride but the active ingredient in Lysol “Power and Free” line is Hydrogen Peroxide.
Will Lysol kill bed bugs?
Bed bugs are quickly getting resistant to many disinfectants on the market. However, Lysol contains a very potent ingredient that’s too harsh for them specifically to get used to. Typically, bed bugs reproduce rapidly, and it is important that you kill them on the spot to decrease their chances of laying eggs and breeding in your home. When they lay eggs, it can be very difficult to totally get rid of them since their increase in numbers makes it even easier for them to reproduce and hide in hard-to-reach place. Fortunately, regardless of where they hide, the Lysol fumes will diffuse through the air until it gets to them. And Lysol even without direct contact is still very potent.
You can also make a mixture of Lysol and an anti-bedbug chemical for better results. Bed bugs do not like extreme heat, and so you can use hot air or steam to drive them out of their hiding places under furniture, window frames, bed frames, cracks on the wall, etc. then you spray Lysol directly on them to kill them.
And so, to answer the question will Lysol kill bed bugs? The answer is a resounding, yes!
Lysol for bed bugs eggs
Unfortunately, spraying Lysol directly on these pests won’t end the war on them. Bed bugs usually leave a lot of eggs laid in hard to reach corners and when they hatch the cycle starts all over again.
Although this is not a problem because Lysol also sterilizes bed bug eggs when it is applied directly to them or when they come in contact with the Lysol fumes. Just make sure that after you kill the adults with Lysol spray, you thoroughly ransack areas in your home where they could possibly have laid eggs such as in pillowcases, cushions, old clothes, wardrobe, mattresses and bed frames, cracks in the walls, etc. and have Lysol applied copiously to these areas, especially wooden furniture.
Here are a few things you should do to get the best results from using Lysol:
- Remove all garbage in and around your room that could serve as breeding areas for bed bugs
- Wash all fabrics including the bed and pillow covers in hot, disinfected water. Bed bugs are easily killed by heat, and the disinfectant added to the water will kill any eggs on the fabric
- Vacuum clean all potential bedbug breeding grounds (that can be vacuumed, of course), including all the carpets, the corners of your couch, behind wooden furniture, and all the dry regions in your home
- Treat all sleeping surfaces and cushions with hot air or steam. This will make sure none of the bed bugs are left hiding inside your bed or couch. They will try to hide in folds of the cushions to avoid being spotted, which is why you need to use heat to drive out the ones you cannot reach
- Apply bed bug repellent before sitting in the bug-infested furniture to prevent bites
- Apply ample amounts of Lysol in all the infested regions of your home. Apply the Lysol as you did with the hot air or steam, so in all crevices of your walls, and behind furniture including bed frames, because this will prevent the bugs from returning to breed in those same areas
Safety precautions to be taken
Just remember that Lysol spray can be dangerous to your health. The chemical formula Lysol contains have a long-term harmful health effect when misused since Lysol contains toxic elements which can cause illnesses such as bronchitis, cancer, and pulmonary edema. So it is mandatory that you put on protective clothing and cover your face and arms when working with Lysol. Also, make sure you wear a proper face mask when using the substance so you don’t inhale Lysol. And keep in mind that Lysol is flammable and should not be used around a naked flame to avoid explosions.
Lastly, Lysol is also damaging to some surfaces, so be sure to read the label carefully before you apply Lysol. And in no circumstances should you swallow Lysol or food that has the chemical on it. Which means that all food items need to be properly covered and away from areas where you intend to use Lysol.
While using Lysol may not be the best way to get rid of bed bugs, the chemical components of most types of Lysol are effective in killing bed bugs when sprayed directly on them. And since Lysol treatment is one of the least expensive ways to eradicate all types of bugs in your home, it’s an effective all-around bug killer as well.