What are Biocides?

by Allied / Friday, 10 July 2020 / Published in Home Restoration Services

Decorating your house and filling it with the things you love is one of those most exciting things about homeownership. Our homes are the places we make memories and live our lives. From the morning coffee to a hot shower, it’s the little moments that make our houses feel like home. From time to time, we have to do some maintenance on our homes and if that’s neglected, we must begin restoration and clean up projects.

One of the most terrifying problems facing homeowners is biohazardous situations. Biohazardous situations can take many forms, including:

  • Chemical spills
  • Excess of animal waste or remains
  • Crime scene
  • Scene of death or accident
  • Excessive blood
  • Sewage backup
  • Hoarding situation
  • Meth or other drug labs
  • Excessive mold growth

Safely handling these situations requires specialized training and professional teams. Professional teams will have the knowledge and tools to clean up these problems without damaging the home or in some cases. They’re also better equipped to keep the initial issue from returning. For special circumstances, these professionals may use something called a “biocide.”

So what are biocides?

Biocides are defined as a poisonous substance, especially a pesticide, by Oxford. Pesticides are only one form of biocides. Biocides can also include:

  • Disinfectants
  • Herbicides
  • Preservatives
  • Insecticides
  • Swimming pool treatments

You’ve likely used biocides in some form every day. They can be very helpful for getting rid of mold, bugs, fungus, and more because their purpose is to destroy living organisms. However, biocides can be dangerous for humans and pets. Biocides used for cleaning up biohazards are especially lethal and should be used by a trained professional. 

How are biocides used?

In cases where it’s likely that infection would spread, bacteria would grow, or the problem would recur, biocides are useful. 

Healthcare Environments

On any given day, thousands of people go through the hospital for anything from a broken arm to infection to cancer. Cells, waste, blood, DNA, and more cling to surfaces and must be cleaned before a new patient can use the room. Immunocompromised individuals risk of becoming sick when an area is not properly cleaned. Thus, antimicrobial biocides are often used in hospitals and doctors’ offices to sterilize surfaces, tools, and equipment. 


Most houses have biocides built-in to the wood. Wood coatings often have biocides. In some cases, the wood soaked in fungicide. Builders use biocides in the building process to ensure that fungus and bugs don’t compromise the home.

Water treatment

Water treatment and waste management plants often use biocides for cleaning the water. Chlorine is the most common biocide for water treatment.

Trauma and Crime Scenes

Biocides are used in trauma and crime scenes to prevent contamination and to preserve evidence. Corrosion, fungus, bacteria, and insects can set in before too long, and biocides prevent that, keeping your family safe. 

Animal Waste

Animal waste and remains can carry a whole host of bacteria. Additionally, flies are attracted to the animal’s remains immediately upon death, and maggots can hatch on the body within 24 hours. Biocides can be powerful for cleaning up animal waste or remains to ensure that bacteria and maggots do not infect your home. 


Surprisingly, biocides are not a routine recommendation for cleaning up mold problems. There are certain circumstances when biocides should be used for tackling mold. For example, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, biocides should be used when immuno-compromised individuals are present. Whenever biocides are used, the area should be well-ventilated.

Biohazardous Situations in the home

Biohazardous situations must be cleaned immediately to avoid contamination. Whether it’s a sewage back-up or a crime scene, exposure to biohazards can be severely detrimental for your health. Once a biohazardous situation occurs, you must reach out to a bio-clean up and restoration company immediately.

Allied 24/7 Property Restoration

An experienced disaster clean up company, Allied 24/7 Restoration Services has seen the many forms of misery that can suddenly appear in your life. From black mold remediation to a flooded basement and water damage repair, fire damage restoration, and smoke restoration, emergency restoration services are things most people never think of until needed…and then you need it quickly and reliably. In these cases, you need an ally like Allied 24/7 Property Restoration. Contact us at (406) 756-4357 to get started.