Picture this – you have just discovered bed bugs on the living room couch, or perhaps also received a welcome bite or two from some of the over-enthusiastic bugs. Gritting your teeth, you have picked up the phone and dialled the number of the exterminator. However, the work will take the better part of a day and there’s no way you can afford to stay home before the weekend. What can you do in the meantime? Well, did you know you can use home remedies for bed bugs with vinegar, to keep them at bay for the time being?
Let’s see how using vinegar can help you keep the infestation at bay for the time being, and why it is not a permanent solution.
Advantages of using vinegar
- It kills bed bugs on contact. So, all you need to do is fill spray cans and start dousing the affected furniture. Rope your kids in, to get the job done quicker.
- It is non-toxic, which makes it way safer than the substances the exterminators are going to use. Even if it gets in contact with your skin, all you need to do is rinse it off with water.
- It is cheap, compared to any other household insecticide you are likely to come across.
Disadvantages of using vinegar
- It does not affect bed bug eggs. So, even if it gets rid of the bugs for the time being, be sure to call in the exterminators as soon as possible to give the affected furniture a once over.
- It smells bad, and you can expect the smell to linger long after the exterminators have done their job.
- It can corrode wood and metal furniture on prolonged contact. Be sure to only spray on the upholstery and avoid the frame of the furniture underneath.
So, while vinegar can kill bed bugs, it is a temporary solution at best. For a permanent solution, be sure to call our professional exterminators at 416-740-7707 (Toronto).