You’ve likely heard that certain bugs prefer staying away from specific scents. By using these scents, you’ll be able to keep bugs away from your home. Using these scents is a good way to keep your home free of pests. Since this works for other bugs, you may believe it will be effective for stopping bedbugs too. Bedbugs will attempt to avoid certain smells, but they might not be as effective as you might believe. Unfortunately, bedbugs tend to approach regardless.
One scent that can stop bedbugs is the pheromones released by bedbug babies. The babies release these pheromones to prevent male bedbugs from approaching. They use this smell to stop male bedbugs from mating with the baby bedbugs. The only issue is that this isn’t going to help deal with female bedbugs. Female bedbugs do not care about this smell. They’ll still approach your home. Still, you will find that many over-the-counter products contain these pheromones. Another thing to note is that the US Department of Agriculture studied the effectiveness of essential oils on these products.
It was found that some essential oils had an impact on bedbugs. However, they weren’t reliable. Silicone oil and others had an impact on bedbugs, but they wouldn’t stop them completely.