The Best Way To Get Unsightly Smashed Bug Stains Off Of Walls

Successfully squashing bugs you don't want living in your home, such as mosquitoes, flies, and spiders, can bring immense satisfaction, as they'll no longer be buzzing around your head or crawling on your floors. However, this satisfaction is often short-lived. The unsightly smashed bug stains on your walls can dampen your spirits and quickly become an eyesore. Moreover, if left untreated, the stain can attract dirt, further dirtying your interiors. So it's important to scrub bug stains off of your walls as soon as you notice them. The best way to remove these stains is by grabbing cleaning items that are probably already present in your home including ammonia, baking soda, and white distilled vinegar, which is ideal for cleaning.

While you can enlist commercial cleaning products to eliminate the stains, they're often more expensive than DIY solutions. Further, such cleaning products might contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are detrimental to your health and adversely impact your home's indoor air quality. They also cause damage to the environment and promote smog formation. Thus, it's often best to use homemade cleaners.

How to remove bug stains from your walls

Don your cleaning gear and pull on a pair of gloves. You can even wear goggles to protect your eyes against accidental splashes. Once you've got your armor on, mix 1 cup of ammonia with ¼ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar in a bucket or big container filled with warm water. After your all-purpose cleaner is ready, soak a clean microfiber cloth in the solution, wring it out to remove excess liquid, and wash the stain off of your wall. Rub the wall gently to prevent damage. Use a clean scrub brush instead of the cloth if you have natural or brick walls with lots of small grooves.

If the stain is still visible after using this solution, dampen a clean sponge and add some baking soda to eliminate the stain. When your walls no longer sport bug stains, soak a clean cloth in water, wring it out, and use it to remove any cleaning residue. Finally, dry the area with a clean cloth to prevent watermarks.