Some bugs are repelled by peppermint, lavender, and tea tree oil. If this works for other bugs, it might work for bedbugs too. Will bedbugs try to stay away from specific smells? Ultimately, bedbugs will try to stay away from certain scents. However, there are many myths associated with this very subject.
It has been proven time and again that baby bedbugs release pheromones that can deter bedbugs. However, it is important to know that this only works on male bedbugs. It is used as a way to prevent male bedbugs from trying to breed with baby bedbugs. While it works for male bedbugs, it doesn’t work for female bedbugs. It isn’t going to stop female bedbugs from approaching your home.
Many over-the-counter products designed to repel bedbugs contain these pheromones. Many people think that essential oils are going to repel bedbugs. Just recently, the US Department of Agriculture carried out a study to find out if essential oils worked for this purpose. Ultimately, essential oils had an impact on the bedbug’s body, but it didn’t seem that they were repelled by the smell.
Unfortunately, essential oils weren’t great for this purpose. Nevertheless, a few seemed to be more effective than others. The most effective for repelling included spearmint oil, paraffin oil, and silicone oil.