Does baking soda kill bed bugs?

You have bed bugs at home, you want to get rid of them and you heard about baking soda to kill baking soda to kill bed bugs. So, does baking soda kill bed bugs and how it helps to repel them?

Bed bug invasion

A bed bug invasion is to have hundreds of bed bugs and their eggs in your house. Bed bugs multiply quickly and if you don’t be aware of them in the beginning, what you will have is an uncontrollable problem with bed bugs.

There are several natural ways to fight with them:

One of those remedies is baking soda. But how does baking soda work and does it really help you on your fight against bed bugs?

a bed bug on carpet

What is baking soda?

Baking soda is the common name of salts which is a compound of carbonic acid with some bases. It’s used for various purposes in daily life and industry.

Sometimes it’s mistaken for baking powder. But baking powder is a combination of baking soda and any other acid and used in kitchen to fluff foods.

Will baking soda kill bed bugs?

There is no certain answer to this question. I couldn’t find any scientific study about the effectivity of baking soda against bed bugs.

But this doesn’t mean it won’t work. Because baking soda will have a similar effect on bed bugs as diatomaceous earth does:

So, how baking soda works for bed bugs?

baking soda in a bowl with a knob

How does baking soda kill bed bugs?

The way baking soda kills the bed bugs is dehydration. Baking soda is a kind of salt and when it contacts with bed bugs’ bodies, it will stick on their body.

Baking soda stuck on them will raise the body temperature of bed bugs and at the end of this process, bed bugs will die because of dehydration.

Baking soda has crystals in it and sometimes this sharpened crystals can cut bed bugs’ bodies, and this can also kill them.

bed bug in a test tube

How to use baking soda for bed bugs?

As you see above, baking soda should directly contact to bed bugs to kill them. So, you must find bed bugs or define the possible hosts and walking routes of them.

If you find bed bugs, just sprinkle baking soda directly on their bodies. But there will still be some out there that you can’t find.

So, you must force them to contact baking soda directly by sprinkling baking soda to all possible routes and hosts of them:

  • Find every crack or hole and sprinkle baking soda inside it
  • Sprinkle baking soda all around your bed
  • Sprinkle it around furniture, at the bottom of the walls
  • Make sure that there is no place to go for bed bugs without contacting your baking soda
  • Think like you set a trap for bed bugs and they must touch baking soda if they want to go out and feed on you!

You must be patient to get a result for this because, the main thing for baking soda is to force them contacting your baking soda which need time.

Just keep sprinkling baking soda around for a few weeks and hope the bed bugs to get hungry soon.

Baking soda for bed bug eggs

Because baking soda kills bed bugs by contacting them and cause dehydration after raising their body temperature, it won’t help on bed bug eggs.

Bed bug eggs provide protection to those baby bed bugs in them and baking soda will have no effect on eggs.

But after the eggs hatch, they will have to feed and what they must do for feeding is to reach human. Then, they will contact baking soda and die too.

Is baking soda a good remedy for bed bugs?

Does baking soda kill bed bugs? Yes, it will, when they contact baking soda. But baking soda won’t help you unless bed bugs directly contacts with it.

So, is making soda a good option for bed bugs? because baking soda is cheap, easy to find and natural, I believe it will be a good option. Baking soda just needs time for having some good results.

As I always write on this blog, natural ways to kill bed bugs should be supportive methods. Because bed bug invasion is a serious problem and, in most cases, it’s so hard to get the result without a professional help.

Even so, if you are determined to use some natural ways, you can also check these posts below:


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