Bed bugs are horrible pests. They hitchhike into Monmouth County homes, hide in cracks and dark voids, and come out at night to feed. Their food of choice is the blood of humans. If you'd prefer to not have these insects in your home, natural deterrents could be the answer.

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How Bed Bugs Are Different

Before we discuss how natural deterrents work, it is important to understand what kind of pest you're dealing with. Bed bugs don't live in your yard. They are almost exclusively indoor pests that spread passively. They don't choose to live with you. They're accidentally carried from an infested location into your home. Therefore, the strategy for bed bug control has to do with preventing this passive dispersal and has nothing to do with making the exterior of your home more resistant to pest invasion.

Smells That Deter Bed Bugs

Do you know that bed bugs don't like the smell of lavender? It's true. If you purchase a lavender essential oil and create a bottle of spray, you can use it to help keep bed bugs out of your luggage when you go on a trip. There are several other natural smells that also deter bed bugs, smells such peppermint, cinnamon, and lemon. But these smells will not drive bed bugs out of your home or offer you any real protection when you go to sleep at night. 

  • Bed bugs don't prefer to be outside, and bad smells won't make them go outside. They want to be indoors in areas where humans sleep, sit, or lounge.

  • The scent of essential oils must be strong enough to deter a bed bug. In the course of the night, the scent will wear off and bed bugs will feed in the early morning. They can also feed on you when you're fully awake.

Plastic

Lavender and other smells aren't the only way to protect your luggage. You can put your bags inside a sealed plastic bag to keep bed bugs out. You should keep your laundry inside a sealed bag as well. Bed bugs are attracted to the scent of items that have been worn. All you need is a trash bag and a bread tie to stop bed bugs.

Heat

When you get back from a trip, you might bring bed bugs back with you. There is a natural way to destroy these bugs and prevent them from infesting your Monmouth County home. Put your clothing and other heat-safe items through a 30-minute dryer cycle. This will kill bed bugs in all stages of development.

An Inspection

When you spend the night anywhere, take the time to do an inspection. Look for black dots, fecal spotting, brown stains, tiny white eggs, or the presence of bed bugs. Check mattress seams with a debit card and use a flashlight to look in cracks and crevices. When you purchase a piece of used furniture or pick something up for free, be sure to do an inspection. The last thing you want to do is buy a slightly used bed bug infestation.

Cold

Bed bugs can hide in a variety of man-made objects. If there is a void within an object and a pathway to get to it, bed bugs can live inside. One natural way to deal with bed bugs living inside a man-made object is to put the item inside a sealed bag and place it in a freezer for a few days. No insecticides are needed.

Natural Bed Bug Treatments

When it comes to exterminating bed bugs, some have turned to essential oils for more than their smells. A high concentration of peppermint, as an example, is enough to kill a bed bug. Unfortunately, at these levels, it can also be toxic to humans. In case studies at Rutgers University, there are two essential oils that are showing some promise for exterminating bed bugs: oils derived from silicone and paraffin. But these products are not yet ready for prime time; there are still some hurdles to overcome. But they could present an alternative to current insecticides in the not too distant future.

Bed Bug Control In Monmouth County

It is possible to reduce your chances of having a bed bug infestation, but bed bugs can be brought into your home by your kids, your friends, your relatives, your neighbors—even the washing machine repairman. You can do everything possible to prevent a bed bug infestation and still have these bugs find a way into your home. When they do, remember that the service team here at Alliance Pest Control provides industry-leading bed bug control in Monmouth County. Don't let the bed bugs bite. Reach out to us today to schedule professional bed bug control service. Our team is here to help. 

 

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