What spray works on contact?(7 posts)
91% alcohol works but is flammable. What else definitely kills on contact?
I'm headed home soon, and want to arm, so when I start my search, I have a good spray nearby.
The alcohol doesn't appeal to me. Rest Easy from what I see works? There's a Bonide bed bug spray at bedbath&beyond with no reviews (active ingredient is dolcomic(?) hard to read on the picture.)
PS I'm not looking to get rid of the bugs, or clean up infestations. Just if I see one & panic, I want something to shoot on it... kill it... then frame it for a PCO. I'm not a good bug squisher.
There are lots of sprays which kill
on contact. Steri-fab is one which seems to be used by pros as well. I believe it contains alcohol though, as many likely do.
In addition to 91% alcohol, many household cleaners are reputed to kill bed bugs on contact (but will kill bugs that later walk over a treated surface and will not kill bugs). You can tell which ones work if you spray the bug and they die. A quick/cheap approach is a small spray bottle of hand dishwashing liquid diluted with water (thin enough to spray). There are a few commercially available "kill on contact" sprays that are essentially detergents ("Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as the main ingredient is a giveaway).
Bonide's bed bug spray contains Permethrin, an insectide. You can find more about what's in it and how to use it properly on its product page. http://www.bonide.com/products/product.php?category_id=573&sku=573
I am dealing with bedbugs now (from Bally's hotel in Las Vegas..so dont stay there) and I ordered a bunch if sprays from Bed Bug Supply.com. They ship discreetly and I noticed the Steri Fab and JT Eaton work really well so far. I ordered the entire 3-4 room kit and I just completed round 2 spraying and round 3 will come in 2 more weeks. I have to say I also ordered the steamer and I seen the steamer kill bugs with my own eyes..the steamer works great. I also used SteriFab on the tiny tiny ones I finally seen in my sofa after searching and searching for the stupid bugs and SteriFab killed on contact as well. Hope that helps
Thanks everyone!!! That does help a lot. I didn't realize that killing on contact wasn't that overwhelmingly hard. It's finding them in cracks that's the thick of it.
Today, I bought some natural lemongrass something at Lowes, that I figured would smell nice even if it didn't kill them. Great to know basic dish soap will work, if that stuff's useless. I didn't realize the Bonide is Permethrin.
@jessika - can you list ones that didn't work as well or impressed you less? That'd be interesting too. Are you planning to self-treat?
So I'm one step closer to dead bugs. This was very helpful.
I have a wet steamer for clothes. I've wondered if that would work (where it wouldn't also warp.) It's a misty steam, not a shot of it. Spent the evening with a friend home-caring for alzheimer's parents. It's putting my bedbug concerns into perspective...
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