The holiday season is just around the corner, and everyone is likely making their travel plans. And if you’re like me, I’m sure one thing that’s on your mind is the possibility of getting bed bugs in a hotel.
There are a number of things you should definitely do when traveling, just to be safe (check out the “Travel” page of this blog). But as an added measure, and for peace of mind, one handy product is a must-have for a traveler – JT Eaton Bed Bug Control for Luggage and Mattresses. This bed bug travel spray is cheap (only $12.99), safe, compact, and it is EPA-approved! Just spritz the stuff in and around your luggage before you pack, paying particular attention to the luggage zippers, folds, creases, and wheels. Allow the water-based spray to dry, then pack up your clothes. It’s a great way to deter and even kill bed bugs trying entering your bag when traveling (whether it’s in an airport or at the hotel). And make sure to bring it with you on your trip, since it doubles as a travel mattress spray. Spray it around your hotel mattress, box spring and headboard for extra peace of mind. As with all the bed bugs products out there, be sure to read the label carefully before using.
It has been all over the news lately that many people have been canceling their holiday vacation plans (particularly to my home town of NYC) in fear of picking up bed bugs somewhere along the way. Check out this article from MSNBC.
Instead of hastily canceling your trip and missing your annual outing to see the Radio City Rockettes (perish the thought), check out these recommended bed bug travel products that will help prevent bed bugs when traveling…
- BugZip Bed Bug Proof Luggage & Clothing Encasements: As many of you know, a number of hotels are swarming with bed bugs. The bed bug proof luggage and clothing encasements from BugZip are a perfect solution. Instead of plopping your bag down on the potentially infested bed, place your BugZip-enclosed luggage on the fold-out luggage rack in the middle of your room to prevent bed bugs from sneaking into your bag and hitching a ride home. Make sure to wipe down the BugZip encasement (especially the zipper and all creases) before leaving the hotel room.
- J.T. Eaton Bed Bug Control for Luggage & Mattresses Spray: This portable 6 ounce spray is great to spritz around your luggage to kill any bed bugs that may try to sneak into your luggage. This product has been EPA-registered, so it can be used safely at home or on vacation. The spray also controls fleas, ticks, moths, lice, spiders and cockroaches. Bedbug Control for Luggage and Mattresses is water-based, so it won’t leave an oily or sticky residue on fabrics.
- PackTite Portable Heating Unit: Upon checking out of your hotel, even if signs of bed bugs were not present, inspect your belongings carefully. Placing your luggage, clothing and any other belongings in a PackTite heating unit will kill bed bugs with heat that may have snuck into your luggage. PackTite is safe to use with clothing, bags, shoes, or any other non-washable item.
So if you’re thinking of staying home this holiday season because of bed bugs, check out these products first… Because we all know that Christmas dinner just isn’t the same without an authentic Manhattan street hot dog.