How to Kill Household Bugs

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24-07-2021, 02:20
Are you annoyed by little creepy crawlies constantly popping up everywhere in your house? Maybe what started as one solitary bug has turned into an infestation. Sometimes, confronting a bug or an infestation can be scary. Luckily, there are several ways that you can control and eliminate the pesky bugs in your home.

What kills bugs naturally?

  1. Insecticidal soap is non-toxic and highly effective for pests. Insecticidal soap is highly effective, and it will either kill the bug on contact, or slow it down long enough for you to step on it. It’s also safe to use on plants! Outside of a can of commercial pesticide, this is your best bet.
    • In a pinch, regular dish soap mixed with water will kill certain pests, like wasps.
  2. Try neem oil or diatomaceous earth to combat bugs. Neem oil is a natural insecticide that can kill a wide variety of bugs; it coats the bug's exterior and makes it hard for them to breathe. It’s also safe for plants! Sprinkling food-grade diatomaceous earth around any plants, baseboards, or walkways works great as a preventative measure.
    • If you use diatomaceous earth, it must be food-grade. The industrial stuff is toxic for pets and people.

How do you kill bugs without getting closer?

  1. Whack them with a long object or spritz them with hairspray. Grab a broom or something like that and just squish the bug if you don’t want to get close. If you’re worried about missing and you don’t want the creepy critter flying all over the place if you aren’t fast enough, grab a bottle of hairspray. Spritz the insect with the hairspray to stun the bug for a moment and move in for the kill while it’s gathering its bearings.
    • Investing in a solid fly swatter may be a good idea if you want a better solution for flying pests.

What common household cleaners kill bugs?

  1. Bleach and rubbing alcohol may work to kill bugs. Rubbing alcohol is a good solution for certain bugs, and you’ve almost certainly got a bottle in your bathroom! Bleach can also kill some bugs, too, but be careful since it's a strong chemical that can irritate your skin and lungs.
    • These cleaners may damage surfaces, so be careful. For example, bleach can ruin colored fabrics and rubbing alcohol can strip wood surfaces.

What chemical repellents do all bugs hate?

  1. DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and OLE are the all-time repellent champs. These four ingredients are endorsed by the CDC as the most effective form of insect repellent. When you’re out shopping for a universal bug repellent, check the label to see if one of these ingredients is listed. If it is, it’s going to be effective at keeping bugs away.
    • OLE is short for oil of lemon eucalyptus. However, it’s not the same thing as lemon eucalyptus essential oil. It’s actually a synthesized chemical.
    • IR3535 just smells super nasty to bugs. It’s extremely safe, although it can irritate your skin temporarily if you overdo it.
    • DEET has gotten some bad press over the years, but it’s actually quite safe. If it irritates your skin or causes a rash, don’t use it. It’s not intrinsically dangerous compound, though. Just keep it away from your eyes and mouth.
    • If DEET does irritate your skin or you don’t like the smell of it, look for picaridin-based products. They tend to be easier on folks who are sensitive to DEET.

What kills bed bugs?

  1. Steamers (wet or dry) will kill bed bugs on contact. If you see any bed bugs crawling around your home, grab your steamer. So long as it’s set to 130 °F (54 °C) or hotter, the steam will kill the bed bugs on contact.
    • If you use the freezer, it must be set to 0 °F (−18 °C) for the bugs to die.
    • There are EPA-registered pesticides that will also kill bed bugs on contact.
  2. Toss bed bug infested clothes in the dryer to kill them. If you’ve got bed bugs on an article of clothing or bed sheets, set them in the dryer. Turn the temperature dial all the way up to the highest heat setting, and run the cycle. The heat will kill off any bed bugs on the clothes.
  3. You can also freeze bed bugs in plastic baggies to kill them. If you’ve got a smaller item covered in bed bugs, place it inside of a freezer-safe plastic bag. Set it inside of your freezer and wait 4 days for all of the bed bugs to die off.

Does white vinegar kill bugs?

  1. It might, but it's mostly effective as a spider and mosquito repellent. There isn’t a ton of research supporting vinegar’s efficacy as a general pesticide (although some people claim it works). However, it will repel spiders and mosquitoes. Try spraying some white vinegar around your windows to see if you notice a downtick in the number of critters you run into.
    • Apple cider vinegar may be more effective than white vinegar when it comes to mosquitoes.
    • A lot of people assume white vinegar is a good pesticide because it’s great at controlling weeds. That doesn’t necessarily make it a good choice for insects, though.

Which essential oils repel bugs?

  1. Basil and citronella oils might work as short-term solutions. Generally speaking, essential oils are not a strong choice if you’re looking for a good repellent. Aside from the fact that they don’t appear to be particularly efficient, they also aren’t regulated by the government in most cases, and it can be hard to figure out if you’re actually using a safe product in the first place.
    • The essential oils that may work—basil, citronella, geraniol, anise, and a few others—will only work for a very short period of time (2 hours or less in most cases). Unless you’re only trying to get rid of bugs for a short period, this isn’t going to be an effective way to go.

What plants will keep bugs away from windows?

  1. Lemongrass, mint, rosemary, and citronella may help. Some herbs, like lemongrass, rosemary, and basil, appear to be fairly effective at keeping certain bugs away. Mint is a great choice as well if you want to keep your home smelling fresh!
    • The efficacy of a lot of plant repellents isn’t completely understood, and it’s possible that you won’t see a ton of results. Still, there’s reasonable evidence that a lot of these plants do work with certain pests!


  • If you’re dealing with a single kind of pest, try addressing the problem specifically. For example, fly traps are great for house flies. Ant bait is highly effective at trapping ants. Cockroach traps are excellent for cockroaches.


  • Natural repellents are not intrinsically safer than other options. There are a lot of safe chemical-based repellents and pesticides, so don’t assume that it’s safe just because it’s organic.
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