Which scent keeps bed bugs away?

You want to keep bed bugs away from you because of two reasons: You don’t want to be see them around and you don’t want to be bitten by them. So, what scent keeps bed bugs away from you?

Bed bugs around

When you see bed bugs around, then you have a serious problem. Those bugs which are 1 to 5 mm sized and oval-shaped with no wings will disturb you for a long time: https://bedbugdetected.com/what-do-bed-bugs-look-like-to-the-human-eye/

The war against bed bugs

Every war needs its own tactics. A war against bed bugs needs a good plan and long time for success. Before in this article, we told ways to kill bed bugs: https://bedbugdetected.com/how-to-kill-bed-bugs/

This isn’t a soft war and you have to be very careful with this. You must search them, find them and destroy them.

Killing bed bugs

First option should always be to kill bed bugs. You can do this by heat, alcohol, bleach, diatomaceous earth, borax or crossfire. But while you are waiting for the result after you applied one of those remedies or you failed on killing them, you might just want to keep them away from you.

Then scent could be a good option to keep bed bugs away. But does it work?

scents for bed bugs

Scents for bed bugs

For a scent to keep something away, that scent must be very disturbing to that thing. Here is a post we posted about the essential oils that will help you to get rid of bed bugs: https://bedbugdetected.com/essential-oils-for-bed-bugs/

All those essential oils do their work by their smell. Because they aren’t lethal weapons against bed bugs. What they do is to keep them away by their scents.

levander oil for bed bugs

List of scents that keep bed bugs away

Here are some scents which will keep bed bugs away or at least decrease the number of bed bugs walking around you:

  • Cinnamon
  • Neem oil
  • Peppermint
  • Powdered pepper
  • Tea tree oil
  • Chamomile oil
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Levander oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Clove oil

oil scents for bed bugs


I need to be honest: What scent keeps bed bugs away from you and your family? Probably any of them.

So why did I post this article? I posted it because all scents in this article will be helpful on your fight against bed bugs. But they won’t be enough only by themselves.

All those natural remedies like essential oils, borax, baking soda or others must be used as supporters to your main way like crossfire, diatomaceous earth or heating.

Still we must accept that bed bugs will hate some scents and those scents will at least slow down bed bugs in your home.

So you can use scents at home against bed bugs and always remember that is not an exact solution for them but only a supporter.

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