Does Lysol Kill Bedbugs?

Lysol is used effectively worldwide to clean and disinfect various household items, but does Lysol kill bed bugs? Due to the large number of bed bug infestations, victims are leaving no stone unturned to annihilate them.
Does lysol kill bed bugs

Lysol adversely affects bedbugs or kills them, only if sprayed directly on them, that is, when it comes into direct contact with them. Lysol is not at all effective if you just spread it on or around the bed. It only sometimes kills the bedbugs on the surface.

It is mainly used for microbes like bacteria and viruses, but people use it for bedbugs too.
It is a disinfectant household cleaner produced by Reckitt Benckiser. It is marketed for disinfecting food surfaces, cleaning and odor removal. Lysol is a brand name and includes many products such as liquid solution, aerosol sprays and pre-saturated tissues.

The active ingredient used in Lysol is a crushed fossil shell dust called benzalkonium chloride. This can exterminate bedbugs when sprayed directly on them.

does lysol kill bedbugs

Various other products, such as Bug Patrol, also contain benzalkonium chloride as an active ingredient. BugPatrol is among the top-selling bedbug products.

It comes under the category of botanical insecticide. So, does Lysol kill bedbugs? It repels and knocks down bedbugs for a time. It is stated by many experts that these botanical insecticides deteriorate quickly and provide no residual action.

Some features of Lysol

  • Lysol should always be sprayed by professionals. If one tries to use it without any technical knowledge, then there’s a good chance that the bedbugs will escape.
  • Lysol is effective while the surface is wet. When the surface dries or the spray dries, it becomes ineffective.
  • When using on furniture take some precautions. Do not leave the product soaking on furniture as the petroleum content in aerosol sprays can damage your furniture’s surface. Just spray and wipe off.

Does Lysol kill bedbug

  • Avoid using Lysol on leather furniture as it is too harsh for it.
  • The right method of using it is to hold the can about 6 to 8 inches from the infested surface.
  • Lysol is also very effective in eliminating the odor caused by bed bugs. You can spray it directly in the air.
  • You can put Lysol in your washing machine to disinfect your clothes and kill all those germs which can cause bedbug infestation.
  • It is not safe from a health point of view. These products are never tested for safety by any regulatory agency.
  • It is highly corrosive to metals, so avoid using it on metallic surfaces such as stainless steel sinks.
  • The use of Lysol in day to day cleaning can definitely to prevent bedbugs.

The ultimate answer to the question “Does Lysol kill bedbugs?” is that there is no magic spray or chemical available on the market that can kill bed bugs in one shot, including Lysol.  It is very hard to kill them. Routine cleanliness and vacuuming is the most effective way to prevent them. Prevention is far better than a cure, because once they are with you it’s hard to get rid of them.


2 Responses to “Does Lysol Kill Bedbugs?”

  1. jennilynne says:

    I’m sorry, but I feel like this article has several mistakes. For one, Bed Bugs are NOT caused by being dirty and they will have the same affect on a clean, sterile home that they will have on a hoarder’s home. The ONLY thing being clean/clutter free helps to ensure is easier detection (less places to look) and easier treatment if you are infested. They feed on human blood, so as long as there is a human in your home, they can come and will stay. They do not feed on dirt. Also, the presence of germs has absolutely NO affect on whether or not you can get bed bugs in your home. That’s absolutely false. The best way to handle bed bugs is to call a professional, or do extensive research and a lot of hard work on your own. Don’t depend on products NOT labeled for bed bugs. Use diatomaceous earth powder and bed bug spray, in conjuction with extensive vacuuming and using steam. Caulk every crack in walls and leave no area in the entire home out. Bag all clothing and other fabrics not worn/used on a regular basis and leave bagged for 8 months, or until you no longer find a single sign of bed bugs. Once you’re ready to unbag it, take it to a laundry mat and carefully do it over the washing machine and launder all fabrics in hot water that you can and use high heat on the dryer. Don’t forget to caulk around baseboards, use the powder inside outlets, and caulk them if necessary. These bugs will hide everywhere they can. They can go up to a year in your walls without a single feeding. Just do your research. Don’t depend on any one article or post online to help. You will end up being run out of your home by these things!

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  2. BETTYE VALENTINE says:

    I LIVE IN A SENIOR CITIZEN BUILDING IN KNOXVILLE,TN AND WE HAVE AN INFESTATION OF BED BUGS!!!! THIS COMPANY CAME LAST YEAR AND MY APT. WAS ONE OF THE APTS. THAT WAS TREATED. I HAD TO BE OUT OF MY APT. FOR 8 HOURS WHILE THE TWO GUYS STEAMED MY APT. FOR BED BUGS. WHEN THEY TREAT AN APT. YOU CANNOT STAY IN IT BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURE GETS UP TO 400 DEGREES IN ORDER TO KILL THE BED BUGS. I AM CURRENTLY VISITING MY DAUGHTER IN WA. STATE,BUT BEFORE I CAME OUT HERE IN MAY I FOUND A BED BUG CRAWLING ON MY SHEET!!! THEY ARE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE TO TREAT MY APT. AGAIN!!!!! HOW CLEAN A PERSON IS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHETHER YOU HAVE BED BUGS OR NOT!!! MY FLOORS IN MY APT. ARE CLEAN ENOUGH TO EAT OFF OF!!! ALSO,WHEN ANY OF MY NEIGHBORS VISIT ME THEY REMOVE THEIR SHOES BEFORE ENTERING MY APT.

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