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  1. need_help_please

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    Hi, to add on my arsenal of tools, I'm looking for a good non-repellent contact killer.
    I thought about alcohol, but I think it's not so safe in terms of fire safety.
    Then, I'm considering lysol/dettol disinfect spray. The main concern is whether they're repellent. I'm trying not to use repellent techniques due to the risk of scattering them.

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    Hi,

    Diluted washing up detergent.

    Best contact killer, non repellant and not flammable.

    Hope that helps.

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  3. need_help_please

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    bed-bugscouk - 1 hour ago  » 
    Hi,
    Diluted washing up detergent.
    Best contact killer, non repellant and not flammable.
    Hope that helps.
    David Cain
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    Do you mean dishwashing or clothes washing detergent, or either will do?

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    Hi,

    Dish washing tends to be the cheapest.

    David

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    Is it safe to sleep/sit on places sprayed with dishwashing liquid?
    Tbh, I'm still considering lysol disinfect spray, due to its safety to living places. I don't mind the cost that much. But, I'm still wondering whether it has repellent effects?

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    Hi,

    Never, it’s safe to wash your plates and cutlery in and then put it in your mouth but heavens forbid sleeping on it.

    I would ring the Lysol peeps and ask them for input on your idea although technically you might be better off listening to someone who actually works with bedbugs.

    David

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    So it's safe to assume that a clothes washing cycle would also kill regardless of water temperature? What about eggs?

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    Hi,

    No that is not an assumption you can make.

    Read the FAQ!

    David

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    Thanks David, have been working my through the FAQs. Thanks for your willingness to continually respond to the new and uneducated.

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    bed-bugscouk - 8 hours ago  » 
    Hi,
    Never, it’s safe to wash your plates and cutlery in and then put it in your mouth but heavens forbid sleeping on it.
    I would ring the Lysol peeps and ask them for input on your idea although technically you might be better off listening to someone who actually works with bedbugs.
    David

    Really thank you for your advice. I'll go with dishwashing liquid.
    May I know what is the mixing ratio as well?

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    I'm using 80% isopropyl alcohol and quite happy with it. Having checked the flashpoint I can see it is very combustible and can take needed precautions prior to applications in order to prevent mishaps. This basically means "don't spray it around an open flame."

    It does have a strong odor, but it evaporates very fast. Employ a little ventilation and you'll be fine.

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    Hi,

    The risk is not just during application.

    Alcohol sprayed items remain more flammable than non sprayed items, possibly by only a small percentage but it’s when we ignore hazards accidents happen.

    David

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    Alcohol evaporates very fast. Use on items that can't be put through the wash, bagged up, or steam treated. It's a very specialized treatment. Taking simple precautions well abate the risk of fire.

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    Whirled Peas - 8 hours ago  » It's a very specialized treatment.

    And it's also a very unnecessary risk, stick with dish soap as a contact killer. Alternately, my index finger has always worked.

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    You're nitpicking and arguing for the sake of argument. Please stop trolling me.

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    I think you'll find that the use of alcohol as a contact killer is universally advised against on this site, you're by no means being singled out.
    There are far too many errors in use and it does no more good than safer alternatives. If you use the search feature I'm sure you find posts with links to news stories where tragedies could have been avoided.
    And I'm serious, my index finger has a 100% kill rate against bed bugs, just gotta wash it off afterwards.

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    Whirled Peas - 1 day ago  » 
    Alcohol evaporates very fast. Use on items that can't be put through the wash, bagged up, or steam treated. It's a very specialized treatment. Taking simple precautions well abate the risk of fire.

    Not doing something will abate its risks far more than any steps you take.

    There are unfortunately people who are no longer around to explain why alcohol and other flammable liquids are not good ideas when it comes to bedbugs.

    We advise on what is safest because we don't wish to receive Darwin awards.

    If you feel your posts are being singled out or followed up on it might be because the advice you are offering is not correct. There are great FAQ and useful tool sections which will help get you on the correct path and up to speed.

    David


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