Does Rubbing Alcohol Kill Bed Bugs Eggs?

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Yes, rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) can kill the eggs of a bed bug.

Rubbing alcohol is a solvent. When it comes in direct contact with bed bug eggs, it eats away at their outer shell, eventually finding its way to the core of the eggs, rendering them unviable for reproduction. This alcohol is also a desiccant, which means that it initiates a process of drying out. Once the eggs dry out, they cannot be hatched.

Rubbing alcohol is cheap, and you can find it in about every drug store in the US. However, it is not a popular choice among homeowners, and there are a number of reasons for that.

For isopropyl to work, direct contact with the eggs is required. Bed bugs thrive in hidden places, and they are good at staying out of sight, where they lay their eggs. We are talking about cracks in wood and furniture, between file cabinets, between books and in book shelves. It is very difficult to get rubbing alcohol into these places.

Additionally, rubbing alcohol is not very effective. Studies show that on average, rubbing alcohol will kill up to 50% of the bed bug eggs it comes into direct contact with.