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Banish Stink Bugs For Good With This DIY Repellent
Stink bugs, notorious for their unpleasant odor and potential to trigger allergic reactions, can be deterred from entering your home using a DIY repellent made from essential oils.
According to a Journal of Applied Entomology study, lemongrass, spearmint, clove, and ylang-ylang are the most effective essential oils against both nymph and adult stink bugs.
Additionally, a blend of spearmint, clove, and lemongrass oils has proven remarkably powerful, preventing almost all stink bugs from finding bug-attractant stations.
For those seeking additional options, oils such as pennyroyal, rosemary, wintergreen, and geranium also offer repellent properties, albeit to a lesser extent.
To employ this natural and affordable remedy, simply soak cotton balls in your chosen essential oil and place them at the known entry points of stink bugs.
Alternatively, you can create an essential oil spray to treat potential access areas regularly or strategically place essential oil diffusers near exits and run them periodically.