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Dawn dish soap and water=effective instant contact killer!

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  1. Tglock

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    I have found that dawn dish soap and water in a spray bottle to be an effective and cheap instant contact killer and just as effective if not more than 91% rubbing alcohol. The active killing ingredient is likely to be Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

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    Hi,

    Absolutely. I have been saying this for years. It's more effective than most over the counter insecticide sprays and is actually what makes most of the oil based 25B products work.

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    It's also a grease cutter and that helps make it through the waxy exocuticle.

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    How much Dawn do you use to parts of water? I'm assuming it does not kill eggs? How often do you need to spray it to use as part of treatment regimen? I already have interceptors, DE, mattress and box spring encasements, pillow encasements and mineral spirits sprayed. I haven't seen any signs of live bugs in a couple of days and have had no new bites in a week. I don't trust that they are obliterated that easily, though. I'd rather be safe than sorry. I've washed and dried through two cycles all bedding, decorative pillows and contemplating doing all clothing. I have not seen any evidence anywhere other than a second-hand recliner that likely introduced them to my house and has since been thrown out and my bed. If Dawn helps, I'm all for it. I already use it to wash my dogs as it kills fleas.

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    Perfect for flea bath with young kitten

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    :-/
    Sorry, Dawn's not a contact killer.
    Refer to my post under "Bed bugs ACIDIC baking soda/water spray kills them". That's the page that came up when I was google browsing. After posting, I realized there may be a better thread for me to have posted that under.

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    Skeptical - 8 hours ago  » 
    :-/
    Sorry, Dawn's not a contact killer.
    Refer to my post under "Bed bugs ACIDIC baking soda/water spray kills them". That's the page that came up when I was google browsing. After posting, I realized there may be a better thread for me to have posted that under.

    Yes, it is. It's used to break down oil when sea birds get covered in oil spills and it breaks down the waxy exocuticle of insects. Disruption of the waxy exocuticle allows for moisture to leave and dehydration to take affect. It takes time for dehydration to work. It's worked on yellow jackets and paper wasps.

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    My apologies... on one count. When I say "contact killer" I am meaning kills on contact. I understand your use now - contact required to kill.

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    loubugs - 12 hours ago  » 

    Skeptical - 8 hours ago  » 
    :-/
    Sorry, Dawn's not a contact killer.
    Refer to my post under "Bed bugs ACIDIC baking soda/water spray kills them". That's the page that came up when I was google browsing. After posting, I realized there may be a better thread for me to have posted that under.

    Yes, it is. It's used to break down oil when sea birds get covered in oil spills and it breaks down the waxy exocuticle of insects. Disruption of the waxy exocuticle allows for moisture to leave and dehydration to take affect. It takes time for dehydration to work. It's worked on yellow jackets and paper wasps.

    A jar of Dawn water was my stink bug killer of choice when I first moved back into a more rural area of Pennsylvania. Five years ago there were a lot of them coming and going in the spring and fall. Every time I found one (had to have been at least 20 a day) I'd throw it in the jar of death, since squashing them wasn't an option! They always died in seconds. At the end of the season my kill jar would get quite full. The numbers have since thinned immensely (though I really don't know why) and now they just get flushed lol.

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    Skeptical - 2 days ago  » 
    My apologies... on one count. When I say "contact killer" I am meaning kills on contact. I understand your use now - contact required to kill.

    I think we ruled out most of the "magic methods" a long time ago.

    The common terms are "contact killer" for something that kills through liquid contact with the insected and "residual killer" for the products that carry on killing when the product has dried or when the product is applied dry.

    While diluted detergent is the best thing you can spray at a bed bug you do have to spray it at all of the bed bugs and that is a time consuming task.

    The time it takes to understand bed bugs and the skills that make a top bed bug exterminator do not exist in most people and the anxiety that they naturally trigger also makes it harder for people to make clear decisions. In fact after 10 years of doing my job I started to realise it was the psychological support that we needed to improve the most and we spend a lot of time building resources that help in that area.

    However, it not very effective against a dispersed or heavy infestation during which situations the priority needs to be kept on avoidance of spreading the issue to others.

    David

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    Skeptical - 2 days ago  » 
    My apologies... on one count. When I say "contact killer" I am meaning kills on contact. I understand your use now - contact required to kill.

    My index finger meets this criteria, and has a 100% success rate.

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    bed-bugscouk - 5 hours ago  » 

    Skeptical - 2 days ago  » 
    My apologies... on one count. When I say "contact killer" I am meaning kills on contact. I understand your use now - contact required to kill.

    I think we ruled out most of the "magic methods" a long time ago.
    The common terms are "contact killer" for something that kills through liquid contact with the insected and "residual killer" for the products that carry on killing when the product has dried or when the product is applied dry.
    While diluted detergent is the best thing you can spray at a bed bug you do have to spray it at all of the bed bugs and that is a time consuming task.
    The time it takes to understand bed bugs and the skills that make a top bed bug exterminator do not exist in most people and the anxiety that they naturally trigger also makes it harder for people to make clear decisions. In fact after 10 years of doing my job I started to realise it was the psychological support that we needed to improve the most and we spend a lot of time building resources that help in that area.
    However, it not very effective against a dispersed or heavy infestation during which situations the priority needs to be kept on avoidance of spreading the issue to others.
    David

    Exactly. Where have you been?

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    loubugs - 21 hours ago  » 
    Where have you been?

    Literally learning to walk again. Turns out it takes a little time in your 40's.

    David

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    I already sprayed my empty rental apartment carpet with a solution of 1 part laundry detergent and 10 parts water before running the carpet shampoo machine (Rug Doctor MaxPro) with scalding hot water.

    Found many dead bed bugs floating in the waste water tank after they had been scrubbed and sucked out of the carpet.

    I think I may add Dawn to the mixture for the next go around. Get that carpet squeaky clean!

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    Hi,

    Any detergent will do, we are not brand specific.

    David

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    But Dawn (or any DISH soap) would probably do a better job in cutting thru the oily/waxy cuticle.

    My reasoning is on one of those "Hints from Heloise" tips where you rub some dish soap on grease stains on your clothes before you throw them in the wash with regular laundry detergent. It does seem to be more effective in lifting the grease than just regular laundry soap.

    And (according to marketing) it's kinda formulated to get grease off dishes.

    Dish soap or laundry soap - my waste water tank is filled with drowned bed bugs. A squeaky-clean bed bug, is a dead bed bug!

    Anything to INCREASE MY KILLING POWER pleases me!


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