5 Things Bed Bugs Don’t Like (One Kills Them)

In this guide, you’ll find out five things bed bugs don’t like. These five things can be your life saver when you’ve got a bed bug infestation in your home, and you want a quick fix solution.

So, till the time you call in a pest controller to eliminate bed bugs, use any one of these five things that bed bugs hate.

#1 – Bed Bugs Hate Essential Oils With Strong Scents

Essential oils are bug repellants too. Research has proved that essential oils have insecticidal properties that can keep bugs away. 

However, not all essential oils will work against bed bugs.

The top 3 essential oils that have a repulsive effect on bed bugs are – peppermint oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil. 

You can wear the essential oils before sleep to prevent bed bugs from biting you.

Or you can mix them with water and spray the mixture on and around your bed. 

Bed bugs remain within 6ft-8ft distance from our bed. So, spray the mixture within this range. 

#2 – Diatomaceous Earth – A Desiccant That Kills Bed Bugs, Slowly

Bed bugs hate diatomaceous earth. The best part is that by the time they start to hate it, it’s too late for them. 

Diatomaceous earth is a desiccant. It penetrates the bed bugs’ exoskeletons and absorbs the locked moisture in the bed bugs’ bodies. 

The result? The exoskeletons break and the bed bugs die. But diatomaceous earth might not stop bed bugs from biting you because it’s not a repellent.

The bed bugs that didn’t die will crawl up and bite you.

So, if you’ve scattered diatomaceous earth on a bed bug infested bed or room, then it’ll be best to wait for at least an hour before you sleep in your bed.

We strongly recommend vacuum cleaning the room after a couple of hours of using the diatomaceous earth. It’ll remove the diatomaceous earth and the dead bed bugs.

#3 – The Acidic Smell Of White Vinegar Repels Bed Bugs

Another bed bug killer, and repellant, is white vinegar. When you spray white vinegar directly on bed bugs, it kills them. 

Things bed bugs don't like

Spraying it around your bed will repel the bed bugs and keep them away from your body. 

The acetic acid in white vinegar has a pungent smell that can protect you from bed bug bites by repelling bed bugs. 

But can you tolerate the smell of white vinegar? Many people can’t. If you can, then it’s a cheaper alternative to essential oils. 

Bed bugs hate the strong smell of vinegar. 

#4 – Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, is a desiccant that works in the same way as diatomaceous earth does. It kills them.

On spraying it directly on the bed bugs or around your bed frame and headboard, it’ll penetrate the bed bugs’ bodies and absorb the moisture inside them.

The smell of rubbing alcohol also repels bed bugs. It deters bed bugs from laying eggs or hiding in the sprayed area.

#5 – Heat Kills Bed Bugs, Their Babies, And Even Destroys Their Eggs

If there’s anything on this list that guarantees the elimination of bed bugs, it’s the heat.

Heat kills bed bugs, their eggs, and even baby bed bugs. 

That’s why heat treatment for the entire home is the go-to treatment that professionals use to get rid of bed bug infestation. 

Hence, we highly recommend cleaning your bed with a steam cleaner every day if you’ve got a bed bug infestation in your home. 

Steam cleaners produce heat of more than 140 deg F which bed bugs can’t withstand.

Bed bugs can’t survive extreme cold below -4 deg F.

If you put bed bugs in a freezer for a couple of days, the extreme cold inside the freezer will kill bed bugs too.

Final Words

You don’t need to use many things to keep bed bugs away from you. You can use any one of the five things from this list.

Using a combination of a steam cleaner and essential oil works best. First, clean the bed mattress, bed frame, and headboard with a steam cleaner. 

Then spray a mixture of water and essential oil before sleeping.

However, these things are not the solution for bed bugs in your home. And their numbers increase lightning fast. You’ll need to hire a bed bug exterminator to get rid of bed bugs. 

If your finances are tight and can’t afford an exterminator, you can also get rid of bed bugs under a tight budget. But that’s only when the infestation level is low.