Can You Vacuum Bugs & Can They Escape?

Bugs can be a real nuisance, and when it comes to dealing with them, vacuum cleaners can be your best friend.

But here’s the burning question: can those creepy crawlies like cockroaches, scorpions, flies, or spiders crawl back out of the vacuum cleaner, or is it game over for them?

Well, fear not! We’re diving into the world of bug-busting with vacuum cleaners. These machines are powerful, but are they bug-proof? Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and uncover the truth about what happens to those pesky critters once they’re inside the vacuum. Get ready for some bug-sucking revelations!

Can Bugs Crawl Out Of A Vacuum?

Yes, bugs like spiders, roaches, flies, fleas, scorpions, and many others often don’t die when you suck them up. Since they don’t die and the one-way valve of many vacuum cleaners are not perfect, they can escape back out.

I know, scary!

When you suck up the bug, it’s best to take it out of your home and place the bag or empty the canister in a black plastic trash bag. I like doing this and leaving the black trash bag in the sun to cook the bug. Or just place the bag in the trash can outside your home and be done with it.

Keep in mind when you suck up roaches that they will more than likely survive and you’re sucking them up into paradise. When they survive, they will have food from the crumbs and a lovely safe home to live in. It’s important you get rid of the contents of the vacuum as soon as your done and place it in a sealed-up trash bag that is not in your home.

Best Vac To Use

The best vacuum is going to be a Shop Vacuum with a HEPA Filter option on it.

I like to place a little bit of baking soda in the canister of the Shop Vacuum because it can cut open bugs and dry them out (killing them) when the vacuum is on.

The HEPA Filter is ideal to stop small parts of the bugs like roaches who care diseases from going back in the room.

The most significant reason why I say to use a Shop Vacuum instead of your regular vacuum is that baking soda is bad for them, we talk more about that here. If you don’t use baking soda you can use a regular vacuum so long as it too has a HEPA Filter. The HEPA Filter goes double if you suffer from asthma or allergies as the small bug particles could make it worse for you.

The Best Solution

The best answer to your problems is to stop the bugs from coming in. I, for one, had a bad problem with roaches and never understood why – I’m a clean person.

To solve my problem, I got some roach and bug spray like this here (Amazon Link Ad). I spray around the entire house, and the only bugs I see are dead ones. I then suck them up with the vacuum and be done with them. Sometimes I’m so lazy that I turn on the robot vacuum to clean them up.



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