why does ammonia kill insects, spiders, etc.

Lee Davidson lmd at netcom.com
Tue Apr 14 04:16:59 EDT 1998

Please e-mail me answers.

I have noticed that a little bit of Windex is an effective means of
grounding and killing flies, wasps, and so on, and also seems to put
roaches and spiders out of commission. My guess has been that it
clogs up their respiratory system, suffocates them and all. But that's
only a guess. Can someone explain to me the mechanism behind the
fatal effects of ammonia -- as I assume it's that ingredient in Windex
which is active here?
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