Bed bugs are nuisance insects with a lot of determination. When it comes to living and dying, the bed bug will always choose the former, which is no different than humans. There are some things you can do to protect your home and family from bed bug infestations. A common practice among these individuals has to do with bed bug deterrent. What is a bed bug deterrent? It is anything that can discourage the bed bug from doing somethings, such as access a home.
You do not need to be a genius to find substances that derive from natural sources that generate an odor that turns the bed bug off. One such substance is essential oil. There are several essential oil formulas that have shown some promise as a bed bug deterrent. Three examples include tea trees, peppermint, and lavender. Just a small dab of one of these essential oils may be enough to deter bed bugs from taking advantage of you and your home.
Bed bug larvae generate a pheromone that causes the adult male to react in the same manner as the aforementioned essential oils. The pheromone deters only the adult male from trying to mate with the immature larvae.
Essential oils have also shown some natural extermination promise for bed bugs. Paraffin and silicone oils may acts as a natural bed bug toxin, according to a Rutgers University study. The researchers conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of silicone and paraffin oils as bed bug toxin. The study revealed a diluted solution made of 3 percent silicone and 1 percent water was 92 percent effective in the mortality of bed bugs.
We recommend conducting DIY essential oil studies to determine which scents work better as a bed bug deterrent and toxin. Experts recommend diluting the essential oils with tape water to calm the scents, which can be extremely powerful, causing upper respiratory irritation.