Exterminating bed bugs
Does alcohol kill bed bugs?
Rubbing alcohol (surgical spirit) has been shown to kill some bed bugs according to a study by Rutgers University, but half of the treated bed bugs survived. It must be applied directly on the bed bugs or eggs in order to have any effect. The most effective treatment is using heat above 60C (140F) which can reach into cracks and crevices. The best way to prevent bed bugs is through early detection with frequent manual inspections or an automated system.