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How to Kill Bedbugs With Home Chemicals

Aside from insecticides, there are few proven ways to get rid of bedbugs. The use of chemical products found in the home and other household methods have varying degrees of success. Bedbugs bury deep into furniture, cracks, holes and crevices in floors and walls.

A solution of borax and water sprayed along stitching and any openings in mattresses may kill bedbugs.

Things You Will Need

  • 90 percent Alcohol
  • Bleach
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Boric acid
  • Talcum powder

Aside from insecticides, there are few proven ways to get rid of bedbugs.  The use of chemical products found in the home and other household methods have varying degrees of success.

Bedbugs bury deep into furniture, cracks, holes and crevices in floors and walls.  The use of some household products that might have the desired effect requires the additional step of ensuring the bedbugs cannot escape from the treated areas.

  1. Spray infested areas with undiluted 90 percent alcohol.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of borax to 1 gallon of water. Spray the solution along the seams, around buttons and into any tears in mattresses or upholstered furniture.
  3. Carefully sprinkle diatomaceous earth, boric acid or talcum powder into cracks or holes and around entry points to areas in which bedbugs might take refuge. Apply a sealant, such as caulk, to the cracks or holes.
  4. Warning

    Elimination of bedbugs normally requires the services of a professional exterminator.

Things You Will Need

  • 90 percent Alcohol
  • Bleach
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Boric acid
  • Talcum powder

About the Author

Marie Yongue has been writing since 2001 and has written for various publications at Baruch College and freelances for several websites. She is currently working toward a master's degree in English from Baruch's graduate program and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baruch as well.

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