We have all heard of the recent infestation of bed bugs, even in the most reputable hotels and retail venues. Bed bugs don’t discriminate and super cleanliness doesn’t detract them either. I can brush off a spider with the back of my hand, but the idea of bed bugs anywhere near totally paralyzes me. It almost – almost – is reason enough for me to never want to leave my home. Since that is not an option, I thought I should research products that would help with the bed bug problem. And allow me to travel and sleep while doing so! I’m not about to get super paranoid, and fanatical here. But, if there are simple things that can be done to avoid the problem in the first place, I’m all for it.
Here’s what I have found:Stop Bugging Me is a green product line that will safely kill and repell bed bugs. I was sent a sample of this product from the company and have yet to use it (thank goodness) but am taking it with me on our road trip to Canada. I like everything the company has to say about it: it’s 100% naturally derived and bio-degradable. Save for kids and pets. And, it’s highly portable, so bring the spray bottle with you to use on planes or theater seats. It never used to bother me, but I now think twice before sitting on an upholstered seat… Get the details here and buy directly from StopBuggingMe.com. BedBug.com has many options to protect against bed bugs. We like the Travel Protection kit that would work well for the frequent traveler. It includes a travel pillow and encasement, liners for luggage and laundry bags that all seal tight to prevent bed bugs from accessing your belongings. Buy from Bedbug.com. You will want to take a look at the Bed Bug Dorm Room Protection too that could be useful for summer sleep-away camp too. Protect-A-Bed has great solutions for the home and for baby bedding too. Their products not only work to keep bed bugs out, but allergens and dust mites also. Great solution for the allergy sufferer in your home. Click on the “Bed Bugs 101″ green button to download the educational poster – if you have the stomach for it. We should all learn what a bed bug looks like to prevent unnecessary panic. Or maybe that’s just me… Anyhoo, check out the Protect-A-Bed line here, which also includes a student bedding protection kit option.
Here’s a short video that will help you identify the presence of bed bugs when you travel. Hopefully, you never will, but better be educated about it:
Yep. We want to avoid the problem before it starts. Ewwwww indeed.