Does bleach kill bedbugs?


Quick Answer

Bleach kills bedbugs, but it is not generally recommended for the purpose because it irritates skin. Bleach ruins carpets, upholstery, mattresses and furniture. It is bad for most flooring and it stains painted walls.

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If bedbugs or their eggs are found, all bedding should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot clothes dryer for at least 20 minutes. Pillows and stuffed animals should be sealed in airtight plastic bags for two to three days. A thorough vacuuming of the mattress is advisable. Use a stiff brush before vacuuming to dislodge bedbug eggs. A complete cleaning of the area around the bed and repairing and sealing cracks and crevices between the baseboards and the floors is also advised. After cleaning, a spray specifically made to control bedbugs should be used as directed.

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