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How to Use Sulfur Powder to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Written by 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

sulfur to get rid of bed bugs

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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  • I’m trying to find a sulphur I can burn to fumigate with. Please help me. Thanks

    Posted by Ron | November 14, 2019
  • What do I need to order to get the burn able sulphuric. ???? I V have ordered sulphur before and it won’t burn. Need help please

    Posted by Ron | November 14, 2019
  • Tracey: Hello, thank you for reaching out! You may follow the instructions above to see if this method helps alleviate your bed bug problem. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to email us.

    Posted by Greenway Biotech | September 16, 2019
  • I have bed bug what all do I do to get rid of them please help

    Posted by Tracey | September 16, 2019
  • Sheri: Thank you for reaching out! We would need to do some research to thoroughly answer your question. If you could please email your question to we’d be happy to get back to you via email. Thank you!

    Posted by Greenway Biotech | August 29, 2019
  • Can this powder be mixed with rubbing alcohol to burn to fumigate

    Posted by Sheri Wright | August 29, 2019
  • I like to use it for. Roaches

    Posted by Thomas J. Henley | August 15, 2019
  • Hello Haafiz, thank you for reaching out. We’re sorry to hear about your bed bug situation. If you washed your clothes with hot water and dried them on high, this should lower your risk of transferring the bugs inside your home. If you had any luggage with you while in the hotel room, it’s best to keep your belongings outside until they can be treated with an insecticide. You can place non-washable items like a suitcase, in a plastic bag while applying Sulfur Powder and keep them closed inside the bag for 48 hours. We hope this helps!

    Posted by Greenway Biotech | May 29, 2019
  • Hello I stayed at a hotel for two nights and when I got home noticed bites on my skin my question to u is will it spread to my home I dried and then was my clothes before bringing it into the house any hints will be appreciated

    Posted by Haafiz Ramoutar | May 29, 2019
  • Laura: We’re sure sulfur candles would be very convenient for issues like these! We’re sorry to say that we do not carry sulfur candles, but hopefully you’ll find our Sulfur Powder and one of the above methods, are just as helpful.

    Posted by Greenway Biotech | April 25, 2019
  • old day they have sulfur candles you could put under house and burn them to kill spider and other bugs can I still get it

    Posted by Laura Scott | April 24, 2019
  • James: Thank you for the positive feedback – we’re so happy to hear that our information was helpful to you! If we can provide any further assistance, please feel free to reach out.

    Posted by Greenway Biotech | March 05, 2019
  • Your info. Was very helpful as we Will get suffer powder locally.we used bedbug spray that was supposed to kill eggs, now we have more baby’s than we know what to do with. Our son told us to use borax & water mix,was going to try it tomorrow but wife came up with sulfer candles,too toxic will buy suffer powder & spread it in All rooms. Was also told to put duct tape sticky side up on floors against walls.

    Posted by James Pike | March 05, 2019
  • Ella: Hello, thank you for reaching out! We’re sorry to hear that the bed bugs have returned. You can either burn the sulfur powder to fumigate your home or sprinkle the sulfur powder throughout each area where the bugs are present. If you decide to fumigate your living space, please be sure to remove all or most of your furniture. If there are any pieces of furniture you are unable to remove, make sure to cover them to prevent any damage from the powder. If you have any other questions or concerns, please know we are here and happy to help!

    Posted by Greenway Biotech | January 21, 2019
  • ive had bed bugs since may of last yr got stuff to use they was gone for month an half but them they was back done it again now their back really bad been using that saybyebugs I got online its kills to a poing but just runs them from room to room,an there r just 2 of us doing this im a blind disabled person ,,so may I ask what do u recimend to use to get rid of these bugs don’t have money for a pro……….tks ella

    Posted by ELLA BROTHERS | January 21, 2019
  • Crystal: Hi there, thank you for reaching out! If you’re finding bed bugs in a particular room, you may sprinkle the powder at the sight of infestation, as the article mentions above. You may place an order for Sulfur Powder with us by clicking the “Add to Cart” button under the Sulfur Powder product image at the end of this article. We hope this helps!

    Posted by Greenway Biotech | January 04, 2019
  • I have bed bugs in the while house how do I use this and where do I get it from?

    Posted by Crystal | January 04, 2019
  • Margie: Thank you for your question. If all of the rooms have bed bugs, then we would suggest using the sulfur in all rooms, but if it’s just one room that has bed bugs, then you may focus on fumigating only that room. We hope this helps!

    Posted by Greenway Biotech | December 14, 2018

    Posted by Margie Gallahare | December 14, 2018
  • Joe and Sherry Scott: In this case, you could either burn the Sulfur Powder on its own using the Sulfur Dioxide method mentioned above or if using the remaining two methods (Flowers of Sulfur and Ointment), please refer to the instructions listed in the article. Please be aware that because Sulfur is highly flammable you want to make sure to burn it in a well-ventilated area and remove anything else that is flammable from the area of fumigation.

    Posted by Greenway Biotech | December 12, 2018
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