How to use sulfur powder to get rid of bed bugs?

Amir Tajer

Posted on June 02 2017

Sulfur and Bed Bugs; the Different Forms of Application

It is a very scary experience when your home is infested with bed bugs. The pests can give you and your family sleepless nights. Bugs appear all over especially during the summer season. You have to work hard to protect your home and children in particular. You will need to employ effective methods to eliminate them completely and protect your house from future infestation.

Sulfur is one of the best and valuable pesticides that you can use to get rid of bed bugs in your home. It is safer than other commercial pesticides, and it does not cause harm to other beneficial insects like the honeybee. It also animates and kills repels insects. You can use both lime and elemental sulfur to create your homemade insecticide to kill bedbugs. You can use it in various forms some of which include;

Sulfur Dioxide

This type of sulfur is destructive to all forms of life. It is the most dependable insecticide. It is a dry gas which is very poisonous to pests and insects. The dry sulfur dioxide, however, has no germicidal value.

Fumigation of this gas may, however, damage property during dry days. It destroys metals and fabrics when moist. To prevent this, before fumigating, cover the assets that cannot be removed from the room by covering them with paper or coating with petroleum jelly. To produce sulfur dioxide, you need to burn sulfur or liberate the liquefied sulfur dioxide.

Flowers of Sulfur

This sulfur in its dry powdered form can be used to kill bed bugs. You can apply the organic yellow sulfur powder by several means, and the simplest method is by sprinkling the powder in the area of infestation.

You can also combine the organic yellow sulfur powder with other insecticides like resin wash, kerosene emulsion or soap wash to make it more efficient. You should first mix it into a paste and add it to a spray tank in a proportion of about 2 pounds to 50 gallons.

Sulfur in the Form of Ointment

This is applied just in the same way as the sulfur flower. All you have to do is implement the ointment in the infested area and leave it for some time.

Sulfur has a low toxicity to people, but it is wise to take safety measures when dealing with it. It could cause skin and eye irritation if not handled with care. Always ensure to put on safety clothing like rubber gloves, dust mask, and goggles. Keep children and pets out of reach until the applied area has been watered and allowed to dry.

Make sure to choose the right type of sulfur you need. For example, if you want to use it in conjunction with oil spray, lime sulfur is the best. With elementary sulfur, you will have to wait for at least a month after application of the oil before using the spray thus chose wisely.


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