How to Prevent Bed Bugs: Bug-Fighting Travel Products

Let’s talk about a not-so-fun topic: Bed bugs. We all know what they are, and we all never want to find one at the hotel we’re staying at. But alas, they exist, and it’s good to know how to prevent them from entering your life—and how to get rid of these creepy crawly buggers if you do find yourself in that unfortunate situation.

One of the best methods of prevention in general is to be prepared. So first things first, before you book a hotel for that fun trip this summer, head to The Bed Bug Registry. This free, public website houses more than 20,000 user-submitted reports from people across the United States and Canada who have experienced bed bugs in certain locations.

Now that you’ve gotten that out of the way—and have hopefully chosen a hotel with zero reports of bed bugs, it’s time to go shopping. Not for vacation clothes (but maybe that too)—but for some bed-bug prevention products.

These products will protect not only you, but your belongings as well (even one egg in your luggage can lead to an infestation), from those nasty bugs.

  1. Bed Bug Killer by EcoRaider

    Known as one of the most effective bed bug killers, the Journal of Economic Entomology actually published study stating that EcoRaider is the only natural product that kills bed bugs with 100 percent efficacy. So if you want something you know is scientifically efficient, this is a top pick.

  2. Bug Slayer Bed Bug Trap

    The traps are specially engineered to prevent bed bugs from climbing up bed and furniture legs. And that means a restless, worry-free night of sleep for you and your travel partner(s)! The description states the traps are “easy to climb in, impossible to climb out.” Perfect.

  3. Travel Safe Bed Bug Eradicator Spray

    With a name like “travel safe,” you know you’re in good hands. This spray is good to have on hand to not only kill bed bugs on the spot, but to prevent them from appearing altogether. Spraying a bed or sofa daily will prevent any return of bed bugs.

  4. coSMART Organic Bed Bug Repellent

    This 100 percent organic spray kills and repels bed bugs for up to 8 hours after use. This is a great product if you’d like something non-toxic.

  5. ThermalStrike 24″ Bed Bug Proof Heated Luggage

    Did you know that your luggage could fight off bed bugs? This is the very first piece of luggage designed to do just that. Within its polycarbonate blend shell is an internal infrared heating system that kills bed bugs at every stage of their life. It’s basically a suitcase and a weapon all in one!

  6. SureGuard Box Spring Encasement

    Okay, you’re probably not going to take a box spring encasement on a plane, but for trips close to home (or even staycations, AKA if you’re just worried about bed bugs in general), this protectant has a super fine zipper with special Invisi-Zip and SureSeal technology that completely seals off the box spring from bed bugs. For optimal use, we recommend using it with a SureGuard mattress encasement.

For a range of other bed bug prevention products, check out the video below!

Are you going to try any of these bed bug protectant products? Which one do you think you’re most likely to buy?