Bed Bug Repellent
Bed bug repellent, as the name suggests, is an item that helps keep bed bugs at bay. Some repellents are meant to be applied on skin to avoid getting bed bug bites whereas other bed bug repellents can be used on the furniture.
They are generally available in the form of bed bug spays, contact insecticides, insect growth regulators, insecticide dust such as drione dust etc to get rid of bed buds from carpets, baseboards, rugs etc for several weeks. The repellents can be used on luggage as well.
When using an insecticide for killing and repelling bed bugs, make sure you read and follow all the instruction very carefully as it can be harmful for humans as well. Besides, these bugs may be resistant to certain types of insecticides and pesticides. Such formulations should not be used on bedding and mattresses.
Apart from the usual strong but dangerous chemical repellents, certain herbs, essential oils and other household items can also be used as bed bug repellents. They include black walnut dust, diatomaceous earth, alcohol, boric acid etc.
Diatomaceous earth, which is the fossilized remains of a type of algae, can be made more effective by adding some crushed silica gel cat litter or silica gel powder (it helps absorb moisture and is available with products like shoes) and quick dry cement powder.
Similarly, a mixture of one tablespoon of vodka, four ounces of distilled water and four drops of lavender oil serves as a good natural bed bug spray. Combination of lavender oil and plain water can be used as a bed bug repellent for skin. It can also be mixed in bath water to repel the annoying pests.
Rosemary oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, cedarwood oil, lemongrass, germanium, catnip etc are also helpful and should not be used undiluted. Citronella oil, thyme, clove, bay leaf, basil, clove, garlic and other such organic products tend to protect people from bed bugs.
It is better not to use a bed bugs repellent when using any proper elimination treatment that would require these bugs to come out of there hideouts instead of going deeper inside. Bed bug repellants repel bed bugs but, in most of the cases, they do not kill critters. Therefore, using a bed bug repellent is considered more of a temporary solution rather than a permanent one.