People have been experimenting with scents and aromatherapies for years now. Some have toyed with using specific scents for meditative purposes. Some have used them for relaxation purposes, and some have sought aid with them from specific pains and ailments. A variety has proven effective and some not so much. Believe it or not, people are now toying with the idea that specific scents and aromas might be effective at repelling pests, the bed bug in particular. Since the beginning of this study, peppermint, tea tree oil, and lavender have proven as effective scents for repelling bed bugs.
Despite this, the utilization of specific scents for repelling bed bugs is still a fairly new topic, leaving a lot to question. Because of this, there is a lot of varying and misinformation out there floating around. This is why when it comes to scents and aromas, it pays to look at the origins of the scents and the aromas. What is it that makes them so effective? Why do they work and why don’t some work? Take the nymph pheromone, for example. The nymph pheromone is a pheromone that manufacturers are starting to utilize more and more in bed bug repellent products.
It is becoming so widely utilized because it is effective. The reason it is so effective, as you will see, is because this is what nature designed it to do. Adult males bed bugs are prolific maters. They will mate with anything and everything, including baby bugs. Unfortunately, this act usually leaves the baby bed bug dead. And, this is where the pheromone comes in. Baby bed bugs secrete this pheromone as a means of protection. They use it to protect themselves from adult males. It deters the male from want to mate with them. In the end, this comes down to several things.
It comes down to the simple fact that the scent is extremely effective because that’s virtually what nature designed it to do. It also, however, means that the scent is only effective on adult male bed bugs. It will do nothing to deter females or baby bed bugs. This is just one of the many things that can lead to the spread of misinformation. You have to know the origin of the scent and why or why they might not be effective. The United States Department of Agriculture has even conducted some studies of their own regarding scents and their effectiveness at repelling bed bugs.
There were no doubt some interesting things uncovered during this study, but perhaps the most interesting thing was that it seems specific scents have effects on the bug’s bodies. All in all, specific scents can be effective when it comes to repelling bed bugs. However, scents like blood orange oil, paraffin oil, silicone oil, and spearmint oil have proven to be some of the more effective available today.