Posted on | July 13, 2012 | No Comments
Most people who can smell bed bug odor describe it as a berry scent. Historically, chinches are associated with a distinct scent that is akin to berries. If the scent is present in your bed or in your furniture, chances are, there is a case of bed bug infestation. People believe that if the scent is stronger, the infestation is more extensive. However, this is not always the case.
The smell of berries cannot ascertain the presence of chinch infestation because there are other things that smell like berries. Also, the scent can be brought inside by several factors such as the wind, or fun loving children – when they brought in some berries.
Furthermore, concluding the presence of such parasites by scent is subjective because the olfactory senses vary from person to person. Some people say that bed bugs smell stale, and some even say that they smell like a certain herb. Saying that there are bed bugs when the bed smells like berries is subjective. In fact, there are people who work in bed bug infested areas for years but smell nothing at all.
These tiny insects have not been studied extensively but scientists speculate that the sweet scent of these insects emanates from their scent glands. It is believed that the purpose of this scent is to attract other bed bugs or to send an alarm whenever the bugs are faced with a threat. However, these are just speculations.
Now, many people can only wish for the scientists to study the chinch scent further. If it is true that the scent can attract other bed bugs, scientists must be able to find a way to produce it synthetically. Then, we can use the scent to attract the parasites and draw them from their hiding place. This approach is not new because there have already been other chemicals used to lure these insects. But since there is no way to produce chinch scent synthetically, it means that we still have to wait.