LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- They're BAA-AACK! Thirty years after bed bugs were believed to be exterminated nationwide, the teeny, insidious bloodsuckers--which feast on sleeping humans--are making a comeback of epidemic proportions.
They're being spotted in hotels from coast to coast. And not just the expected "fleabag" motels, but posh resorts and upscale chains. In a recent study of 700 mid-priced hotels, 25% were found to host uninvited guests. That gives travelers a 1-in-4 chance of bunking down with some unexpected roomies.
If awakened with red, itchy welts and irritated skin, one has been punked, bed-bug style. Some people even experience allergic reactions.
So, what are thoroughly creeped-out travelers to do? They can arm themselves with Rest Easy, an all-natural spray that keeps bed bugs at bay. Made from time-honored essential oils (cinnamon, lemongrass, clove, and mint), it's people-safe, earth-friendly, and even smells of minty goodness.
Good to know: the presence of cimex lectularius, aka the common bed bug, has nothing to do with cleanliness and everything to do with a transient population. Formerly wiped out in the U.S. by the now-banned pesticide DDT, bed bugs continued to flourish in other parts of the world. As global travel increased, they've hitchhiked their way back in on airplanes, luggage, and yes, travelers.
Found wherever people come and go--like hotel rooms, airports, and dorms--the 1/4" inch long nocturnal pests hide in furniture seams, box springs, and even tiny floor cracks, patiently awaiting a host (they can live without eating for up to a year).
The solution: spray Rest Easy around a hotel room upon arrival. It will kill some of them outright, and keep the rest deep in their hidey-holes. Luggage must be sprayed, too, because that's their ticket out.'/>"/>
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