Natural Bed Bug Repellent

Bed bugs generally reside in areas where people recline, like sofas and beds.
Bed bugs generally reside in areas where people recline, like sofas and beds. (Image: Grey Suede Couch & Pillows image by Andy Dean from

Since they are parasites that feed on blood, bed bugs are usually attracted to cushions, mattresses and other areas where people recline. While the insect’s bites are not likely to make you sick, they can leave behind unsightly skin irritations. Unfortunately, most bed bug extermination methods are costly and time-intensive. Moreover, these treatments are not guaranteed to be successful because the insect has acquired so many immunities. Nonetheless, homeowners can avoid infestations all together by using natural repellents and adopting healthy habits.

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Just like other insects, bed bugs can be repelled by essential oils that are distilled from plants, spices and herbs. Their aromatic properties mask human scent and evoke smells that the organism naturally avoids. Cinnamon, lemon grass, lavender, citrus, eucalyptus and tea tree oils are just some agents that naturally discourage insects. In fact, these oils make up many organic alternatives to synthetic insect repellents. These "green" products work best when they are sprayed around the perimeter of a living area and used before there are any signs of infestation.


Since bed bugs can easily hide and transport themselves, homeowners should make sure they avoid picking up the insects while travelling. When staying in hotels, luggage should never be left on the floor. Bags should either be propped up on a suitcase stand or kept in an empty bathtub. Furthermore, travelers should always place their garments in a drier upon returning home. A high heat setting will likely kill any insects that have latched onto the fibers. But in addition to travelling wisely, homeowners should always maintain a clean household and eliminate clutter. A hygienic environment greatly minimizes the risk of bed bug infestation.


There are several benefits associated with organic living and the use of natural repellents. Most significantly, they can help homeowners avoid expensive extermination services that are not guaranteed to work. Moreover, natural repellents are not formulated with the same artificial compounds as their synthetic counterparts. As a result, humans can have a better tolerance for them while they work as an effective deterrent to bed bugs.


When compared to other insects, bed bugs are much harder to get rid of once you have them. In addition to being very adept at hiding, the organisms can go without food for long periods of time and withstand extremes in temperature. As a result, homeowners need to be considerate of when and where to use an insect repellent against bed bugs. All insect repellents work best before there is a sign of an infestation. In fact, it is not a good idea to use insect repellents during an infestation because they can drive bed bugs away from pesticides and send them deeper into the household. Therefore, homeowners should only use insect repellents to maintain a bed-bug free environment. When dealing with an infestation, you will need to enlist the services of a professional exterminator.


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