The majority of readers agree that vinegar isn't as powerful as Hot Shot (which I've reviewed), Bed Bug Bully, or JT Eaton, but it's an effective, albeit slow way, of killing bed bugs over time. If you are waiting for a pest-control professional to come treat your home or for bug spray to arrive in the mail, vinegar will buy you some time.
You can use lavender oil and other essential oils to get rid of bed bugs and to repel them so that they don't reinvade your space in the future, but all that only works if you use it in conjunction with other natural methods to fight bed bugs.
Interestingly, bed bugs can smell different to different people. Many people report smelling coriander, but another common description is the scent of spoiled raspberries. Others report a strong acidic scent or that of almonds or marzipan.
Bed bug smell has also been described as similar to the smell emitted by stink bugs. Stink bug odor has also been described as similar to coriander, or like sweaty socks or mild skunk odor. It's funny how such similar smells can be both part of a gourmet recipe and part of an animal's defense strategy.
The smell bed bugs make cuts the air, it sticks out (not if you are used to it of course). It is a sort of tangy smell kind of bitter and a little sweet. It isn't gross smelling, but it is defiantly something "odd".
The smell is sometimes compared to the musky smell of a dirty locker room or an old wet towel that has been lying on the floor. If you smell something nasty in an otherwise clean room, it is time to look closer. Bed Bug Bites. Before you see signs of infestation, you're likely to be bitten. So bite marks are an important form of bed bug