Using certain scents is a good way to convince bugs to stay away from your home. Since it works for other bugs, you may believe it’ll work for bedbugs too. Does it? Ultimately, scents can have an impact on bedbugs but it isn’t as effective as most hope. Unfortunately, you’ll need to find other ways to keep pests away from your home. When purchasing over-the-counter bedbug repellents, you’ll find that these products contain pheromones that have been released by baby bedbugs or nymphs.
It is used regularly because the chemical works exceptionally well. However, there is a catch. It only stops male bedbugs and doesn’t have an impact on female bedbugs. With that being said, it partially helps. The Department of Agriculture recently performed a study on essential oils to see if they could repel bedbugs. It was found that these oils were helpful but they weren’t perfect. Blood orange oil, paraffin oil, silicone oil, and spearmint oil had an impact on the bugs. However, they weren’t effective enough to keep bedbugs away.
Unfortunately, consumers cannot rely on essential oils to keep bedbugs away from their homes. Instead, they’ll need to work with professional exterminators to find more reliable techniques for achieving this goal.