What Can I Do To Naturally Deter Bed Bugs In Ventura
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What Can I Do To Naturally Deter Bed Bugs In Ventura?

Bed bug populations have been continuously on the rise for the past decade and show no sign of slowing down. While some people believe bed bugs only settle into poorly maintained or cluttered homes, this just isn’t the case. Bed bugs feed on our blood and they don’t care a bit about other surroundings. If they can hitch a ride on our belongings to make their way back into our homes, they will do so in a heartbeat. So what can be done to prevent bed bugs?

Essential Oils And Natural Remedies

Knowing that bed bugs can be lying in wait in almost any public place can make for an anxiety-ridden reality, so some people try to take steps to prevent bed bugs from latching onto their belongings. Essential oils and natural scents are used for various purposes, including repelling insects, but their efficacy in repelling bed bugs is still being investigated.
Oils purported to repel bed bugs include cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, clove oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, thyme oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil. While these scents may cause bed bugs to avoid an area, they are temporary measures. Additionally, most essential oils need to be correctly diluted before use in order to be safe to come in contact with. 

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Efficacy Of Essential Oils

While more research is needed, the study conducted by the USDA on the effectiveness of essential oils on bed bugs showed that while minimally effective, bed bugs did show an aversion towards certain oils. Specifically, the oils that were proven to have this small but measurable effect were blood orange oil, paraffin oil, silicone oil, and spearmint oil.

Other Natural Methods For Combating Bed Bugs

If you are looking to deter bed bugs using natural methods, temperature is likely a more practical approach than using essential oils. Tried and true bed bug control methods such as drying items on the highest heat setting, freezing potentially contaminated items, or other means of achieving extreme temperatures are more likely to affect bed bugs. 

Bed Bug Hotspots

Even more effective than essential oils and extreme temperatures is being mindful of your surroundings and taking precautions when passing through bed bug hot spots. Bed bugs feed almost exclusively on human blood, which means anywhere there are lots of people automatically becomes a hotspot for bed bugs. Examples of bed bug hotspots include airports and train stations, movie theaters and libraries, laundromats, and hotels. 

When moving through a bed bug hotspot it is important to pay attention to your belongings. Unlike other pests, bed bugs do not jump or fly. Instead, they wait for our belongings to be placed nearby and then climb onto them to catch a ride into our homes. To avoid this fate it is important to not set items on the floor, or too close to the belongings of others, when in crowded public spaces. 

When traveling, it is helpful to protect your luggage with plastic bags, inspect hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs before settling in for the night, and wash and dry all items on the highest heat setting upon returning home. 

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