Bedbugs are problematic so you’ve likely been searching for ways to keep them away from your home. Your options are plentiful, but you may find that certain smells can keep them away. Does this work? Well, peppermint, lavender, and tea tree oil work exceptionally well for deterring certain pests. The only problem is that it doesn’t well for bedbugs. There is one scent that works well for this purpose, but many smells do not have a big impact on them.
Male bedbugs are deterred by the pheromones released by baby nymphs or bedbugs. Bedbugs use this scent to let male bedbugs know they’re approaching baby bedbugs so they won’t try to breed with them. While this scent works for keeping bedbugs away from your property, it only works for male bedbugs. It will not have any impact on female bedbugs.
Still, a lot of DIY chemicals contain these pheromones. In recent years, some people have said that essential oils could be used to repel bedbugs, but this isn’t the case. The Department of Agriculture carried out a study regarding the effectiveness of essential oils. The study’s results were eye-opening. Although these oils had some type of impact on the bedbugs, it didn’t prevent them from approaching.
If one is going to use essential oils to deter bedbugs, it would be best to stick with paraffin oil, blood orange oil, spearmint oil, or silicone oil. Although they can help, they won’t provide outstanding results. Working with an exterminator is a good way to prevent bedbugs from entering your home.