Sounds, sights, and smells can all play a big part in someone’s life. You probably already know this, but just never sat down and thought about it. Well, if these things can play a big role in human life, why can’t they play a role with insects? They can, specifically bed bugs. Peppermint, tea tree oil, and lavender have all be reported to deter bed bugs. Got a bed bug problem? Spread these scents throughout the home and it might clear up your issues. With just a little bit of research, you’ll find that bed bugs are also turned off by a variety of other smells. While the Internet is a true wealth of information, it can also host tons of misinformation and misconceptions. The truth to understanding bed bugs and the scents that repel them is, understanding why they don’t like these smells.
Take the pheromones secreted by the nymphs or baby bed bugs. This is one known scent that deters bed bugs, males in particular. And, this has to do with the fact that baby bugs use this scent as a means of protection. It’s a pheromone that is secreted to dissuade male bed bugs from mating with them. Unfortunately, this means that these scents are likely only to work on males. It will do nothing to dissuade the female bugs, although there are plenty of other scents you can take advantage of for that.
Due to its effectiveness, a lot of manufacturers are using this pheromone in their repellent products today. That being said, these products are only so effective, regardless of what scents they contain. The United States Department of Agricultural has done all kinds of studies and research on repelling bed bugs. You can read a lot of these official reports online. The results are no doubt interesting, but what it comes down to is, these scents and essential oils are effective as people were giving them credit for. Sure, they are somewhat effective, but it’s not like they are going to completely drive the bugs from your home. What the studies did reveal is, these scents harmed the bug’s bodies.
That being said, if you truly want to rid your home or space of bed bugs, you’ll turn to the professionals. There are tons of Louisville exterminators out there and it just comes down to a matter of choosing the right one for your family. This will take some time and research. Look for a company that is willing to go the extra mile while also holding itself and its employees to higher standards.
While essential oils have proven to not be as effective as most people have given them credit for, some scents work better than others. These scents would be blood orange oil, paraffin oil, and spearmint oil. These types of oil products have been proven to be the most effective, but just remember their effectiveness is extremely limited. You’ll likely be much better off saving your time and money and investing them in a professional pest management company.