You’ve learned that certain bugs can be repelled by specific scents and smells. For instance, you might be able to use peppermint or lavender oil to keep bugs away from your home. If this works for other pests, you may suspect it will work for bedbugs too. Is this a fact? Can you use certain scents to keep bedbugs away? Ultimately, bedbugs may react to certain scents, but it isn’t what you think.
Bedbugs will naturally produce smells to deter male bedbugs. Baby bedbugs or nymphs will release pheromones to let male bedbugs know that they’re babies. As a result, this will prevent male bedbugs from mating with baby bedbugs. While these pheromones are often added to pest control products, it doesn’t help protect against female bedbugs. They will not react to the smells.
Alternatively, some people believe that essential oils can repel bedbugs. The Department of Agriculture recently put essential oils to the test, and the results were interesting. It was discovered that bedbugs react to essential oils, but they weren’t extremely effective. Bedbugs seemed to react to spearmint oil, paraffin oil, silicone oil, and blood orange oil.
Although it had an impact on the bugs, it is not a good way to deter them. It won’t stop them from reaching your home.