Scent as Pest Control?

Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Compton. I am a design intern and will be a guest contributor to the Scent Sciences scent blog!

This may seem to be a bit of an offbeat topic in regards to scent technology, but through my recent experiences, the potential in this untapped concept could mean a great deal of comfort and convenience to the health and well-being of homeowners and renters all over.

So, something I’ve had to unfortunately regularly tackle when I transferred to college and lived on my own for the first time was the problem with bugs. Those pesky invasive insects that I speak of include spiders, ants, cockroaches, silverfish, and the list could go on depending on where you live. Nobody appreciates their presence within their own home, and some of these can actually pose a serious threat to health.

Most solutions include toxic sprays, powders, pastes, baits, traps, and in very serious situations, require costly expertise from pest control specialists that may leave you unable to live at your own home for days or weeks. Infestations can rapidly become an issue without any forewarning. This can be both a time-consuming and financial hassle.

Now consider this: What if you could prevent infestations or smaller scale bug problems within your own home, 24 hours a day, that is both non-toxic and without requiring a consistent arsenal of remedies that are a chore in themselves to apply and manage?

If you’ve ever had to deal with bugs and researched all the solutions out there, maybe you’ve heard of how certain species cannot tolerate certain smells. A lot of these scents are more potent than others, but after time could become imperceptible. Some are even therapeutic and can freshen up your space while keeping it clean from pests!

Here’s a list of the bug and its corresponding undesired scent:

  1. Fleas: lavender is the preferred scent to disperse flea populations. Eucalyptus and lemon also have strong abilities to deter them.
  2. Roaches: Pandan Leaf extract, catnip, mint, cedar, bay leaf, and chili peppers scents.
  3. Spiders: Cinnamon, citrus, tea tree scents.
  4. Ants: Cloves, citruses, pine, turmeric, and garlic.
  5. Silverfish: Cedar, bay leaf, cloves, chrysanthemum.
  6. Mosquitos: Rosemary, soybean, castor, citrus, geranium.
  7. Bed Bugs: Most scent repellants are not effective, especially in the case of post-infestation, but all of the remedies for other insects can help deter and prevent.
  8. Flies: Citronella, peppermint, pennyroyal, lemongrass, lavender, and eucalyptus.
  9. Moths: Patchouli, cloves, and lavender.

Most bugs are deterred by similar scents, so a simple concoction or intervals of two scents could help! Imagine the possibilities with Scent Science’s API and Scentscape technology, preventing unwanted guests in your own home with a non-invasive and non-toxic solution.

Would you be willing to play a small role in the prevention of bugs and other pests in unwanted places by the simple use of scents?


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Written by: Rachel Compton


4 thoughts on “Scent as Pest Control?

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  2. Really there are aromas that prevent insects transit in places, but in my opinion these scents do not prevent pest infestation.

    In their studies was proven that scents eliminate pests?

    thank you

    • Hello Dedetizadora! The studies showed that scent can help prevent and supplement other solutions during infestations, but are not necessarily 100% effective on their own. Scent is a great deterrent, but after an infestation, may not be the only solution necessary. It depends on the severity of the issue.

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