November 24, 2021

What Smells Do Bed Bugs In Conroe Hate?

Bed bug infestations aren't just challenging to get rid of, they're also difficult to prevent, and everyone's looking for better, more effective ways to repel them. The internet is filled with all kinds of home-brewed remedies and DIY pest control tips, including more eco-friendly options like essential oils, and no matter how much these websites insist they work, you really can't be sure until it's tested. Well, luckily for you, scientists have done numerous studies on the effectiveness of essential oils on bed bugs.

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What USDA Studies Are Saying About Essential Oils For Bed Bugs

In recent years, scientists have discovered that bed bugs are becoming more resistant to synthetic pesticides commonly used in bed bug treatments. This is a pretty serious problem because bed bugs are already pretty resilient against a lot of chemicals, which means treatment options are growing slim. To combat this, scientists at the USDA have worked tirelessly to find more effective alternatives that are also environmentally safe, and in a published study from 2017, they discovered four oils that worked best against bed bugs:

  • Spearmint Oil
  • Blood Orange Oil
  • Paraffin Oil
  • Silicone Oil

Now, this doesn't mean you should go out and purchase these oils for a DIY bed bug extermination in your Conroe home. Essential oils are incredibly dangerous in high concentrations, especially for cats and dogs. These studies were conducted with precise measurements, diluted and concentrated as necessary, and were performed in a safe environment. They also found that these oils only worked best when paired with synthetic pesticides, so at the end of the day, essential oils aren't really the best choice for DIY prevention.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips That Are More Effective For Your Conroe Home

Learning that essential oils isn't the best choice for prevention may seem disheartening, but there are many more effective ways to prevent a bed bug infestation in your Conroe home that is still eco-friendly. They just take a bit more effort:

  • Keep your luggage off the floor when staying at hotels and motels
  • Thoroughly inspect any hotel room you plan on staying in – chairs, couches, mattress and bed frame, seams between carpet and wall
  • Never pick up used furniture off of the side of the road
  • Inspect any clothing and furniture you plan on purchasing second-hand
  • Bed bugs hate heat – wash and dry any potentially contaminated clothes and linens on the highest settings
  • Alternatively, bed bugs also hate freezing temperatures – potentially contaminated items can also be placed in the freezer to kill off any bugs
  • Take your luggage to a dry cleaner after business and vacation trips
  • Take a nice, hot shower after returning home from a trip, just in case you have any hitchhikers tagging along on your shoulder

The Best Way To Exterminate A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Conroe Home

With how resilient these pests are in general and the unfortunate rise in resistant cases throughout the United States, you'd be hard-pressed to find an effective solution to a bed bug infestation on your own. Not only that, but it also takes weeks of deep cleaning and treatments to fully eradicate an infestation, and the cost of necessary equipment is exponentially high. To try and exterminate a bed bug infestation in your Conroe home by yourself, you'd have to spend at least $2,000 on pesticides and equipment alone, not including the time you'd need off to perform the treatments and the month-long stay in a hotel.

Thankfully, you don't have to fight this battle alone. Our highly-trained pest control experts come fully equipped with all of the latest pest control technology, and they're well-versed in treating homes and businesses for bed bugs. When you hire us for the job, we don't just treat your home for bed bugs twice, we also ensure your treatment with a 30-day guarantee. If you're still noticing bed bugs in your home within 30 days of our treatment, we come back out and re-treat at no additional cost. Take the nightmares out of your nighttime routine, get in contact with us today for more details.


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