It contains tea tree oil, lemon eucalyptus, catnip, lavender, cedarwood, and palmarosa. As they point out, catnip essential oil can be ten times more effective than DEET for mosquitoes. This is a product you might've seen on the Home Shopping Network.
Eucalyptus oil may also not only deter bed bugs, but be harmful to them. If you're losing sleep because of bed bug bites, using eucalyptus oil or lotion before bed may help deter bites, or add a few drops to your washer when doing your sheets (it will also kill mites!). Keep the air in your bed room fresh and circulating.
Lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils can also be added to rubbing alcohol for spraying on headboards, mattresses and the legs of the bed to prevent bed bug bites. If the bed bug bite marks are already present, ensure washing the skin with hot water to dry them out. Apply aloe vera gel or an anesthetic lotion immediately to prevent scarring.
Tea tree ( where to get it) Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, is native to Australia where the aboriginals used them for a variety of health and skin-related issues including treating bug bites. Tea tree oil is highly antimicrobial and antibacterial that it kills bed bugs and their eggs. It has a strong disinfecting smell that also helps deter the bugs.
Best essential oils for bed bug bites Lavender oil. Frankincense oil. Peppermint oil. Citronella oil. Eucalyptus oil. Calendula oil.
Effectively repellent essential oils include cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, clove oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, thyme oil, tea tree oil, and, finally, eucalyptus oil. In my experience, all or any of these oils have laid claim to both killing as well as repelling bed bugs.