Having bed bugs develops a lot of fear and anxiety in the minds of infested residents. This response is not exaggerated because bed bugs can disrupt  your well needed sleep and are very difficult to get rid of. Naturally, most people immediately start DIY methods to get rid of bedbugs before calling for professional help.

In my experience as a professional exterminator, I have seen a lot of different methods that people use to get rid of bed bugs. One of the most common in to use camphor or camphor oils to get rid of bedbugs. I would like to debunk this myth and back it up with scientific research.

No, camphor or camphor oils do not kill bedbugs. Spreading camphor around your bed or using camphor essential oils will not help you get rid of bed bug. Also, camphor and camphor oils do not repel bed bugs in any manner.  

What are bedbugs?
Bed bugs are small reddish-brown insects about the size and shape of an apple seed. These bugs feed on human blood. Bedbugs are reddish-brown in colour, about 1 to 5mm in size and have a flat circular body with horizontal groves on their backs.

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What is camphor?

Camphor is derived from the wood of camphor trees (Cinnamomum camphora) or synthesized chemically. It emits a strong odor that can repel insects. It works by interfering with the insects’ ability to detect food sources and by irritating their respiratory systems.

Why does camphor not work for bed bugs?

Bed bugs are notoriously resilient pests, and they may not be as easily deterred by camphor as other insects.

Camphor is often touted as a natural remedy for repelling or killing bed bugs, but its effectiveness in eradicating bed bug infestations is questionable. While camphor has insecticidal properties and is used in some insect repellents, there isn’t robust scientific evidence to support its efficacy specifically against bed bugs.

A study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology in 2014 evaluated the repellence and toxicity of several plant essential oils, including camphor, against bed bugs. The study found that while some essential oils showed promise as repellents, including those containing geraniol, cedarwood oil, and peppermint oil, camphor was not effective in repelling or killing bed bugs at the concentrations tested.

Another study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2012 investigated the efficacy of various essential oils, including camphor, against bed bugs. The researchers found that while certain essential oils showed insecticidal activity against bed bugs, camphor was not among the most effective oils tested.

What are the solutions to get rid of bed bugs?

You can follow our “10 detailed steps to get rid of Bed bugs permanently” or call us on 437-985-5552 for our trusted, guaranteed and professional pest control service.