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Does Cinnamon Repel Bed Bugs?

After a long day, your bed should have a soothing environment where you can unwind and relax. Unfortunately, the presence of bed bugs can turn the situation into a stressful and emotional one! Bed bugs are cross-infestation pests. This means that if you accidentally visit a place infested by bed bugs, they can hitch a ride on your clothes and easily spread to your homes. Being tiny and hard to spot, they can be difficult to eliminate as well. In this article, Rentokil explores the efficacy of cinnamon as a DIY bed bug pest control tool, why they are difficult to repel, and how to get rid of them effectively.

Cinnamon, a spice commonly used in cooking and baking, gives off an aromatic smell and unique taste. Besides having its many health benefits from human consumption, cinnamon has also been used by households as a form of D.I.Y. pest control method! But does cinnamon repel bed bugs? Some people actually use cinnamon, cloves, to repel bed bugs, ants, among many other household pests in Singapore. Is this spice useful in helping to keep them away? And are they effective in removing them at all?

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Is Cinnamon effective in repelling bed bugs?


Research has shown that after spraying cinnamon-based product, bed bug will tend to avoid the treated area. The bad news is, in the same research, it was found that if bed bugs detect their host, they would disregard the treated area.

Even if cinnamon does help to repel bed bugs away from the area; it does not mean the bed bugs are staying away for good. Bed bugs may just avoid the area where the cinnamon are placed, and they move away and shift around to find another spot in the house suitable for mating and breeding.

Does cinnamon repel bed bugs?

Bed bugs are easily transferred from place to place, from people to people. They are complicated to manage when an infestation occur. Professional pest control help is often required.

Methods which only serve to repel bed bugs are definitely inadequate to deal with an infestation effectively. This is so because cinnamon neither kills nor eliminates bed bugs and their eggs.

Besides cinnamon, other common DIY remedies to repel bed bugs include: - Vaccuuming all your furniture as it can eliminate both bed bugs and their eggs.

  • 'Sunning' your mattress and furniture since high heat can kill bed bugs
  • Washing your bed linen and clothes on the high heat setting
  • Spraying essential oils such as tea tree, peppermint and lavendar onto your bed, furniture and clothes. Bed bugs are guided by their sense of smell and the strong scent of essential oil might inferfere with that, thus repelling them from your premises.

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Bed bug prevention

How to get rid of bed bugs the proper way

Since DIY pest control approaches can only provide a temporary solution for removing bed bugs from your property, hiring a professional pest control company is essential. They have specialised experts who can inspect your property for bed bugs, determine the severity of the infestation, and apply a residual spraying and steaming solution to effectively eliminate the bed bugs.

Integrated bed bug control to eliminate bed bug life cycle

The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to have a comprehensive treatment combining both spray and steam method. The high steam eliminates adult bed bugs, larvae, eggs via thermal shock. Residual spraying on commonly infested areas such as wall skirting, carpeted areas, cracks or crevices cover all bed bug hot spots adequately.

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