Vinegar is a great chemical, and can be used for almost anything – boiling cracked eggs, cleaning windows, keeping flowers from withering, cleaning glasses and dishes – including being used as a remedy for getting rid of bed bugs. Yes, you read that right. Vinegar is one of the top recommendations in almost every online article on killing bed bugs – and rightly so. Several blogs have stated for a fact that vinegar can get rid of bed bugs for good.
But not everything on the internet is true, and when it comes to bed bugs, you definitely need to be careful. So in this article , we’re going to take a look at what vinegar does to bed bugs, whether or not it actually kills them, and if you can safely use it at home to get rid of these rude house-invaders. But first things first:
Why Choose Vinegar?
While there are several home remedies for bed bugs like spraying neem oil, using dryer sheets, baking soda, mothballs, and a lot more, vinegar stands out because of its simplicity, cost effectiveness, and the fact that it is almost available anywhere around the globe.
Vinegar is essentially a solution of water and something we call acetic acid. We’re not going to get too geeky about it, but just know that vinegar has antimicrobial properties that can be used to clean products and preserve stuff. Leaving all this aside however, can vinegar get rid of those tiny blood-sucking crawlers under your bed? Let’s find out!
Does Vinegar Kill Bed Bugs?
Yes. Vinegar can kill bed bugs. At the end of the day, vinegar is an acid, and is acidic enough to cause a problem in the bug’s nervous system, which will definitely kill it. There’s a catch though. You need to spray vinegar directly above the bugs in order to kill them. Naturally, if the infestation is out of hand, spraying vinegar won’t be a viable solution. Hence, using vinegar can only be used as a preventive measure against further spread, until you can come up with a permanent solution, or until professional help arrives.
How Effective Is Vinegar?
While vinegar can help get rid of a small nest of bed bugs, it cannot kill a large thriving group. What limits its usability even more is that vinegar cannot be used to destroy the eggs laid by these creatures. This shouldn’t pose much of a problem, since once you’ve gotten rid of the big guys, you can easily suppose off the eggs by hand, however, it’s something you should definitely know about if you’re planning on using vinegar.
How To Use Vinegar
Now that we’ve somewhat understood how vinegar affects bed bugs, you can come up with a decision yourself as to whether or not you want to use it. If you’re planning on using vinegar to prevent further infestation of the bugs, or if the invasion under your mattress is in its infancy, make sure you take proper steps and follow the steps we’ve mentioned below:
- Make sure you purchase white vinegar since it’s far more effective and gets the job done quickly.
- Identify areas in your home where the infestation may spread to, or has already spread to. Spray these areas with a lot of vinegar. You can also try soaking nearby areas with vinegar, so that when the bugs try to escape (which they will), they will have nowhere left to run.
- Take proper precautions, because too much exposure to vinegar can cause tooth erosion and damage sensitive skin.
Vinegar can be a great natural remedy against bed bugs, when the infestation is small and can be controlled. It is safe, cheap and almost readily available at your nearest grocery. You also don’t have to worry about your pets or children inhaling any of the vinegar as it’s non toxic. The only issue would be its smell that is almost unbearable for some people. But if you’re willing to put up with it for a while to get rid of the devilish crawlers under your mattress, we think it’s a fair price to pay.