July 11, 2023

What Do Bed Bugs Hate? - 9 Effective Bed Bug Repellents

Do you have a bed bug problem? Are you looking for ways to get rid of them? If so, you may be wondering "what do bed bugs hate"? If so, you're in luck! In this blog post, we will discuss nine substances that bed bugs hate. We'll also talk about why each one is effective and how to apply it in your home. So what are you waiting for? Start reading now and say goodbye to your bed bug problems!

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Item One: Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is a thick, sticky substance that bed bugs hate. They will not cross it to get to you and if they do, they will often die from getting stuck. This makes petroleum jelly an incredibly effective bed bug repellent. To use it, simply apply a layer of petroleum jelly around the perimeter of your bed. You can also put it on any other furniture in your home that you want to protect.

Unfortunately, this method is only effective if you don't already have a bed bug issue. If they're already in the mattress or linen, petroleum jelly will only do so much.

Item Two: Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a powder made from the fossilized remains of algae. Its sharp edges and absorbing properties are deadly to bed bugs, but it is completely safe for humans and pets. You can apply diatomaceous earth around your home by sprinkling it in problem areas or using a hand-held duster.

This substance is cheap and easy to find in large quantities. Always keep some on hand, as it's a great solution for many bug-based pest control issues.

Item Three: Silica Gel

Silica gel is a type of desiccant, meaning it absorbs moisture similarly to diatomaceous earth. Bed bugs are attracted to the warmth and moisture of humans, so by applying silica gel to your skin, you can make yourself much less attractive to them! You can find silica gel at most hardware stores. Some people even argue that silica gel is effective at removing toxins from the skin in moderation, so that's a nice bonus!

Item Four: Citronella Candles

Citronella candles are a great way to keep bed bugs at bay. The strong scent and smoke of burning citronella is repulsive to bed bugs. They will typically keep them away from areas where the candles are burning. You can find citronella candles at most home goods stores.

Keep in mind, that most kinds of scented candles can help repel bugs of any kind. However, citronella and other sour-ish smells like lemon are most effective. If you were to taste a smell and you pucker your lips, there's a good chance bugs won't like it.

Item Five: Cedar Chips

Cedar chips are another great natural way to repel bed bugs. Similar to citronella, the strong scent of cedar is unpleasant to bed bugs and will keep them away from areas where the chips are present. You can find cedar chips at most pet or garden stores, as they're often used to cover the smell of dog poop and manure. Pest control with a built-in air freshener!

Item Six: Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is a great natural repellent for bed bugs. Bed bugs will avoid areas where peppermint oil is applied due to its strong floral scent. You can find peppermint oil at most health food stores. It is thought that this essential oil has anti-microbial properties, so it can also potentially counteract diseases that bugs may be carrying or even act as a mild antiseptic.

Item Seven: Lavender Oil

Another wonderful essential oi-based repellent for bed bugs is lavender oil. The strong scent of lavender is unpleasant to bed bugs and will keep them away from areas where the oil is present. You can find lavender oil at most health food stores or in well-stocked baking sections at the grocery.

Item Eight: Tea Tree Oil

In a similar vein to the last two oils, tea tree oil is a great natural repellent for bed bugs. Bed bugs are repelled by the strong scent of tea tree oil, which protects areas where the oil is used. You can find tea tree oil at most health food stores.

Item Nine: Mothballs

Mothballs, or Naphthalene balls, are a great way to keep bed bugs away. The pungent smell of naphthalene is repulsive to any insect with the ability to smell and will keep them away from areas where the balls are present. You can find naphthalene balls at most home goods stores, often among pest sprays and cleaning goods. Simply place them in problem areas around your home, such as near the bed or in closets.

As you can see, there are many things that bed bugs hate! By using one or more of these items, you can effectively repel bed bugs and keep them away from your home. Many of these items have the added benefit of smelling nice, too! Keep in mind, most of these items will not outright kill bed bugs, only repel them. For a more permanent solution, you will likely need to look into calling on a pest control professional.

If you have any questions about bed bug control, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you.

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