What Smells Will Keep Bed Bugs Away From My Elk Grove Home?

bed bug on mattress

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. Young bed bugs, known as nymphs, typically have a yellowish appearance, but soon change to reddish-brown color after having a blood meal. The adults grow to approximately ¼ of an inch, which is roughly the size of an apple seed. These pests are found throughout the U.S. and can be described as “hitchhikers” that are brought into new places within people’s clothing, purses, suitcases, and other belongings. Bed bugs are commonly encountered by individuals who are traveling. Exposure often occurs among those staying in hotels or those traveling by shared modes of public transportation. The bugs also may enter a home with used bedding, mattresses, or furniture that people acquire. 

Are They A Threat To Human Health?

Bed bugs are generally considered to be more of a nuisance than a direct human health risk. They tend to feed on human blood while the host is sleeping. As a result, the skin may show signs of redness, feel itchy, or otherwise become irritated. People who become aware that bed bugs have infested their homes may feel anxious and have difficulty sleeping. 

Usage Of Essential Oils And Natural Scents To Repel Bed Bugs

In recent years, many researchers have attempted to identify natural products that could be an effective means of eliminating these pests. The USDA conducted a study in conjunction with Rutgers University to test over 20 different materials, most of which were “only moderately toxic” to bed bugs. Three materials did show some promising results including extracted blood orange oil, paraffin oil, and a blend containing silicone oil and water. 

The Most Effective Treatments For Bed Bugs

Professional pest controllers today use several methods to exterminate bed bugs, including:

  • Conventional Steam Treatment: This option may involve treatments using high-temperature steam and then applying a conventional product to the area.
  • Heat Chamber: Items that have many hard-to-reach voids or crevices may require enhanced treatment using a pop-up heat chamber that offers superior penetration.
  • Fumigation Methods: Infestations that have spread throughout a home or in multiple units of a building may require fumigation. Here, the property is sealed and gas is released within the structure over a single day.
  • Freezing: Bed bugs within clothing or similar items will be frozen and subsequently killed. 

Importance Of Contacting A Local Professional

Have you noticed indications that may suggest an intrusion from troublesome pests? It is important to respond promptly to prevent the problems from worsening by speaking with a seasoned provider of pest control solutions. Some property owners make the mistake of purchasing mass-marketed products that make exaggerated claims of effectiveness. In the meantime, these invaders begin to multiply and expand to other areas of your home. 

Experienced Provider Of Pest Extermination Services

The qualified personnel at Neighborly Pest Management have been safely and effectively eliminating infestations by bed bugs, termites, wasps, and a host of others for many years in the Elk Grove region. Our customers appreciate our commitment to superior results and excellent customer service. 
Our professionals are incredibly responsive, and we now offer same-day emergency response services for property owners. We employ a three-phase approach that involves conducting a thorough initial inspection, using the latest treatment options, and diligently following up to ensure success. Please contact our team today for an on-site estimate.