Which Natural Smells Keep Wilmington Bed Bugs Away? 

April 7, 2021

You probably understand that bed bugs in Wilmington are not a pest you want in your home. However, you probably haven’t heard how easily they can get into your home and how common an infestation can be. Once you realize that you aren’t immune to a bed bug infestation, you may be a little bit more interested in learning what could make your home less attractive to them. 

bed bug crawling on a pillow

Hitchhikers Haunting Your Dreams 

Bed bugs are tiny creatures that don’t move around very quickly. They wait until you’ve stopped moving to come out from under the mattress or furniture cushions to feed on your blood, typically while you’re sleeping. Most homeowners don’t even know they have a problem until they wake up with red, itchy bumps in a straight line or zig-zagged pattern.
 
Unfortunately, bed bugs are nearly impossible to keep out of your house because of the way they get in. Since they don’t move quickly, they have to hitch rides on various items that you’ll bring into your home, namely, luggage, backpacks, pocketbooks, secondhand furniture, and any other item that has a void inside. 
 
Travel hubs are bed bug hot spots, where these creatures can be brought in from all over the world on the bags of travelers. If you leave your bag sitting around for too long, bed bugs could migrate into your bag and ride into your house with you. 
 
Plus, bed bugs will hitch a ride on any sort of furniture, not just furniture with cushions. You might think you’re getting a great deal on a couch or a refrigerator, buying it used, but you’re at risk for a dangerous bed bug infestation. If you think that bed bugs won’t cause problems in your home, just wait until the excessive itching, insomnia, and anemia set in (in extreme cases).

Proper Prevention Methods 

If you want to join the thousands of disappointed homeowners who put their trust in essential oils for bed bug eradication, then you can feel free to waste your time. Bed bugs showed signs of being averse to blood orange oil, paraffin oil, silicone oil, and spearmint oil, but after using these oils, homeowners found that their bed bug infestations remained strong and active. 
 
To answer the question of which natural smells keep bed bugs away most effectively: none of them. These methods rarely work, and if they do, they only eradicate the pests on the surface. Bed bugs will lay eggs deep within the cushions that will come up to bite you soon after you think your problems are gone. 
 
A more effective method you can try on your own is to expose the bed bugs to extreme temperatures. Washing sheets and cushion covers on the hottest setting in the wash or freezing them has been known to get rid of surface pests as well. However, these methods probably won’t solve your bed bug problem completely. 
 
If you do wind up with a bed bug infestation, there isn’t much you can do about it on your own that leads to the guaranteed results you’ll get with the pros. Even with professional assistance, bed bugs can be very tricky, which is why the only bed bug professionals you can trust are the ones with experience and a great track record. 
 
At Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators, our professional pest technicians won’t rest until you do, which is why we’ll treat your house with rounds of our highest quality bed bug solutions that are known to yield the best results. Pick up the phone and call us today to start the process of taking back your home from these night-crawling nuisances.

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