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US News Reports Morenci Schools Treat for bed bugs with Rubbing Alcohol Spray

by Tommy Underhill
February 4, 2020

According to US News & World Report, Morenci School District in southern Michigan closed schools for a long weekend because an infestation of a “few” bugs was discovered at the high school earlier in the week. All of us at GreenTech Heat applauds the district’s prompt action. We wish everyone would take action against a bed bug infestation as quickly.

According to the article published on the news site, the district treated the schools with a rubbing alcohol spray, and followed this up with a bed bug dog sweep.

US News & World Report failed to disclose the district heat treated the affected classrooms, as outlined on a letter to parents dated February 3, 2020 and posted on the district website. This lack of complete reporting gives the impression that an alcohol treatment is the proper protocol for treating a bed bug infestation.

The article fails to mention that rubbing alcohol is flammable and improper application can cause destruction of property, displacement of families, personal injury, and death. We have repeatedly warned of the dangers of treating with flammable liquids! My first blog on this site was about structure fires caused by people self-treating for bed bugs with rubbing alcohol:

In December of 2017, a woman near Cincinnati, Ohio accidentally set fire to a multi-family home while trying to rid her infestation of bedbugs with rubbing alcohol. Three people were taken to a hospital and ten were displaced from the residence. Just around Thanksgiving, a 13-year-old boy trying to kill a bed bug with alcohol and a match sparked a blaze that was responsible for setting an apartment complex on fire that displaced eight people and caused $300,000 in damage.


Rubbing alcohol is highly flammable. The fact that US News & World Report published an article legitimizing rubbing alcohol as the treatment for bed bugs is disturbing and will reinforce it as a disastrous DIY treatment. According to a 2013 report in Science News, rubbing alcohol only kills about half of the bed bugs when sprayed directly on them.

I would not be surprised if the Morenci School District experiences another school closure in a week to ten days as viable eggs hatch and repeat the bed bug cycle.

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