Bed Bug Repellent

Bedbug DatabaseAlthough we have not specifically tested mosquito repellants on bed bugs, we have tested repellant insecticides. Bed bugs do not seem to respond in the slightest to repellent insecticides. In fact, they will sit on top of them until they die. These results have been confirmed by the older bed bug literature (Usinger 1966) who stated that many repellant materials were applied to bed frames in an attempt to keep bed bugs from crawling up, but none had any effect. Because we have not tested repellants on skin, we can’t say for sure whether bed bugs would be willing to stick their mouth parts though repellant treated skin or not. But we have found bed bugs to be very determined little creatures and I think it would be hard to stop a hungry bed bug. In addition, the repellants that you buy for mosquitoes last only a couple of hours before the effects begin to wear off.  If you apply a repellant before getting into bed, a lot of the material could rub off on the sheets etc.  Also, bed bugs are most active between 3 and 5 am, which is several hours after the time you would have put the on the repellant to go to bed.  Bottom line, a repellant may prevent you from getting a bite or two but I do not believe that they will significantly hinder a hungry bed bug.

Bed bugs can get in your hair but the good news is that they really don’t want to be there. Unlike fleas and lice that have bodies or claws that are specifically designed for navigating through hair, the common bed bug does not have these modifications. In fact, bed bugs need to set their front claws in a particular position so that they can insert their mouthparts into the skin just so, in order to be in the proper feeding position.  Hair on the human head would make this very difficult. They would much prefer to feed on the bare skin.  If they encountered your head first, they would most likely move to your face (many people suffer face bites) or some other less hairy area to feed.  If you are bald, well, the head is fair game.

The best solution is to avoid bringing bed bugs home in the first place. When you travel, carry a bed bug repellent sachet in your luggage. This will help protect your belongings, and the aroma on your nightclothes will make the pests think twice before biting you.

Bed bug sprays are much more convince than say powders or other products for bed bug infestation.  Because of their ease and convenience, they also pose the most danger.  What is inside a repellent?  Bed Bug repellents are made up of in secticidal dusts, which is the most potent compared to other pesticides. This substance destroy the bed bugs’ outer coats, which drys them out easily .  What makes up these pesticidesare fine granules of silica powder or ground glass to ensure efficiency. This fact makes it very harmful to humans, too. Insecticidal dusts are often applied to crevices or cracks in the floor or wall that are suspiciously infested with bed bugs.

The next option left is to properly dispose of infected items.  You will not want to just go and dump these items for the local sanitation dept to pick up as they can pose a serious problem for you and nearby homes, not to mention employees that work for the sanitation dept.  But what you do want to do is encase them into plastic zipped bags so that the bed bugs are trapped inside and are not easily transferred somewhere else, or worse yet brought back home again.

Yes bed bug repellents are just as varied as the bed bug themselves.  Haphazardly taking action can put you and members of your household in danger, so please do not take this lightly.  For review here are the necessary steps for you to follow again:

Good smelling natural insect repellent that works without DEET -- what a concept! Crocodile makes just such a DEET-less all natural insect repellent -- not bad for your skin or the planet. Field-tested by me on mosquitoes and sand fleas, this natural insect repellent works almost as well as DEET but has a better bouquet. I have reservations about getting personal with goop that I must pat lightly on my clothes for fear that it may touch my skin (that would be DEET). Crocodile natural insect repellent smells good. And I can drink it in a pinch (okay -- not really).



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