A few days ago I was using some rubbing alcohol, and as an ant crawled by I sprayed some of the alcohol on it and it immediately curled up and died. My curiosity got the best of me so I started spraying any insect I came across with the rubbing alcohol. All of them curled up and died.
I have several friends that I visit that keep cans of bug spray outside to kill anything that flies or crawls by. Sometimes I do not like visiting them due to not wanting to breathe the chemicals they spray at anything and everything. Wouldn’t just spraying bugs with rubbing alcohol be much safer to us and to the enviroment. I know that rubbing alcohol is not totally non-toxic, but it must be better than whatever chemicals are in those cans of bug spray.
Also, here in the Philippines, there are many adds for insecticides that double as air fresheners. How on earth can that be safe ? Spraying insecticide around to remove stale odors ?
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Also, for my morbid curiosity, why does the rubbing alcohol kill insects ? Is it due to dehydration , or are the little buggers getting way too drunk too fast ?