Are you worried that bedbugs have entered your home? If so, you need to act quickly. Otherwise, there is a risk that the infestation is going to rapidly span. Before you know it, you’ll find bedbugs in every room in your home. It is essential to get rid of them before the infestation can severely worsen. While it is best to work with a qualified professional, you might be able to keep bedbugs away by using certain scents. Doing so will keep you safe while decreasing the likelihood that you’ll have to hire an exterminator soon.
When you purchase over-the-counter products designed to deter bedbugs, you’ll find that these products contain specific chemicals. Most of these products use bedbug pheromones. These scents are released by baby bedbugs, and they’re effective for keeping bedbugs away from your home. However, there is a catch. Nymph bedbugs use this scent to keep male bedbugs away from them. They do this to decrease the risk that the male bedbugs are going to try to mate with them.
With this in mind, you’ll find that this scent works exceptionally well for deterring male bedbugs. Once a male bedbug notices the scent, it will avoid approaching. Just remember that the pheromones are only effective for stopping male bedbugs. Female bedbugs can freely approach nymphs because they’re not going to mate with them. Unfortunately, the scent won’t stop females from entering your home and laying eggs. What about essential oils? The Department of Agriculture in the United States recently tested the effectiveness of essential oils for eliminating bedbugs.
The results were surprising and disappointing. Ultimately, certain essential oils have an impact on bedbugs. Still, they were not effective in keeping bedbugs away from residential structures. Paraffin oil, blood orange oil, spearmint oil, and silicone oil were the most effective, but none of these essential oils are dependable.