What Smells Will Keep Bed Bugs Away From My New Jersey Home?

close up of a bed bug
No pest is innocent, and some are more detrimental than others. The unfavorable outcomes vary. You might have the structure of your New Jersey home irreparably damaged. Personal belongings may be broken or affected. A trip to the hospital may be needed if you’ve been stung, attacked, or exposed to an illness. When it comes to bed bugs, loads of bites on your skin are usually the problem.

Bed bugs nibble on humans so they can suck their blood. This results in very itchy red bumps. These insects are quite tiny and have a lot of hiding places, so it can be hard to get rid of them. Many people resort to using scented items believed to deter them. Find out what methods work, which don’t, and how Heritage Pest Control can be of assistance. 

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Once more, bed bugs are incredibly small. They are just 0.25 of an inch long with reddish-brown skin and rounded frames; they will make you think of apple seeds. Their tails are larger than their heads, and their midsection is strangely formed. Six legs and two antennas surround their bodies. When these pests procreate, they’ll lay pearly white eggs that are 0.03 of an inch long. Translucent nymphs come from them.

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs aren’t driven by dirt and filth. Blood is their primary objective because they rely on the fluid to survive. Therefore, areas with plenty of animals or humans are where they’ll wander. Examples are farms, hotels, airports, offices, and schools. While you’re out and about, they’ll snuggle in your bags or clothes and journey with you home. Then, they huddle in:

  • Mattresses
  • Fabrics
  • Upholstery
  • Couches
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Wood Trim
  • Flooring
  • Wallpaper

Stains, odors, and bites are signs of infestation. Reddish-brown blots and blood drops will be on fabrics and surfaces. You’ll also likely see black or brown fecal blemishes or particles with a powdery consistency. A persistent musty smell will dominate the air. Patchy collections of welts that resemble a rash will be on your face, neck, arms, legs, and elsewhere.

What Scents Will Prevent Bed Bugs? What Can You Do to Stop Bed Bugs?

As previously mentioned, many homeowners utilize perfumes to try to ward off bed bugs and other pests. Natural scents and essential oils, like blood orange, paraffin, silicone, and spearmint, are popular. Research by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that these avenues are only mildly effective. It’s the same for other “do it yourself” methods and retail insecticides. To end an infestation, all bed bugs, eggs, and nymphs have to be found. Their size will impede this effort. Further, independent approaches can also be hazardous. Instead, do the following:

  • Don’t put your items on the ground or floor.
  • Alert hotel staff and get relocated to a unit far away if you spot bed bugs.  
  • Place your luggage in a plastic bag or protective cover.
  • Wash your travel clothes in hot water and dry them for 20 minutes on high heat.
  • Freeze contaminated items that can withstand cold.
  • Regularly inspect head and footboards, box springs, and mattress seams with a flashlight. Look beneath beds as well.
  • Look in purses, bags, laundry, drawers, and furniture often.  
  • Examine second-hand items for infestation hints, such as upholstery and appliances.

How Will Heritage Pest Control Handle Bed Bugs?

You can’t eliminate bed bugs on your own; the professional interventions of Heritage Pest Control are needed. After a thorough inspection by our expert technicians and/or specialty canines, the team will employ industrial-grade spray or heat treatments. No humans, pets, or belongings will be harmed. Reapplications are available. Call us today at Heritage Pest Control to get your Bed Bug Control plan started!

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