Bed bugs are insects that are small and feed exclusively on blood. Unfortunately, they prefer blood of human than animals. Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of. They are worse than rats, mice, wasps, ants, or even cockroaches in terms of getting rid of them and it can be an absolute nightmare because bed bugs usually bite you at night. Bed bugs like to occupy all kinds of things including pillows, mattresses, bed sheets, carpeting, clothing and wood furniture. The scary one is they can infest your whole house in a matter of weeks.
Actually, bed bugs are not very dangerous because they can not bring disease like mosquito. But, even though they do not bring disease, you have to be careful because you can have allergic reactions when you are exposed a lot of them. They can bite to feed on your blood and a process can leave red and itchy welts on your skin. But, several people do not react too well to this and may require medical attention.
Well, some people try to repel bed bugs with any kinds of methods. Some said that we can repel bed bugs by rubbing alcohol. But, does rubbing alcohol can really kill bed bugs? The answer is yes. Alcohol can kill bed bugs. But, you need very strong alcohol to kill them. The kind of alcohol that you can use is isopropyl rubbing alcohol which contains of 90% or more alcohol, preferably 99% alcohol. If you use the weaker alcohol than this, the bed bugs will not die. The isopropyl rubbing alcohol will kill the bed bugs on contact when covered in it. Rubbing alcohol can kill bed bugs by dissolving their cells. Rubbing alcohol is also a desiccant or dying agent. So, it is able to destroy bed bug eggs by drying them out. Furthermore, rubbing alcohol can repel the bed bugs, discouraging them from crawling or laying eggs on a surface treated with the substance. So, spraying bedding and furniture with rubbing alcohol can be effective in the battle against bed bugs.
However, killing bed bugs by using rubbing alcohol is not promising 100%. In 2013, a Rutgers University research team lead by Changlu Wang tested some substances against bed bugs. They found that half of the bed bugs that were sprayed by rubbing alcohol were still alive after four days. It makes this substance one of the least effective weapons against these insects. Nevertheless, Wang recommends non insecticidal treatments like these to control infestations.
Well, you can try to use rubbing alcohol to repel the bed bugs. To avoid damaging your furniture, you can fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and test spray a small inconspicuous area of the surface that you want to treat. In case you are bitten while you sleep, you can spray the top of your mattress with rubbing alcohol and permit it to dry before you go to bed. Spraying your body with rubbing alcohol before you go to bed also can reduce the risk of bed bugs bites. You have to remember that rubbing alcohol is highly flammable. So, you have to avoid smoking around treated areas and keep open flames away from them.