Have you spotted bed bug bites on your skin, recently? (If you’re not sure, see our guide on differentiating bed bug bites from other insect bites, or see our bed bug gallery, which includes bed bug bite pictures.)
Believe it or not, the way you smell may be a factor in whether or not you’re getting bed bug bites. If you share a bed with someone who is not getting bitten as severely, it may be because you smell better to the bed bugs in your home. (Another common reason is immunity to bed bug venom.) Certain scented lotions and perfumes can be a factor in why bed bugs bite you rather than another target.
Though bed bugs are primarily attracted to their targets when they detect high levels of carbon dioxide, it is believed that certain sweet scents make you a more likely target for bed bug bites. When given a choice between multiple targets, bed bugs tend to prefer to bite the one that smells sweeter. However this is not a universal absolute, and your experiences may vary.
There are also some scents that bed bugs do not like and tend to avoid. However, there is no such thing as a perfume, lotion or scent that acts as a permanent bed bug repellent. Though a scent may deter bed bugs temporarily, if they are hungry and you are their only target, they will bite eventually regardless of what you smell like.
If you’re suffering from bed bug bites, using scent is not an effective deterrent and is definitely not a replacement for bed bug extermination.
For help with permanent bed bug extermination, call Magical Pest Control’s dedicated bed bug removal division at (905) 738-6676. Call for a bed bug inspection and if we discover a bed bug infestation in your home, we’ll begin bed bug extermination treatments as soon as possible.