BYOB: Bring Your Own… Bed Bug Repellent?


When I travel, one of my fears is that the hotel where I'm staying will have bed bugs. Now, I've never actually encountered a bed bug (either at a hotel or elsewhere) but I never know when my luck will run out! From what I can tell from the reviews on, bed bugs don't discriminate and are pretty much willing to hunker down anywhere there's a bed:
fancy resorts, budget motels, hip urban destinations, away-from-it-all countryside, etc.

So, all of this is my long-winded way of saying that when I heard about Rest Easy, a bed bug spray marketed to travelers (and even comes in a travel-sized 2-oz. bottle, pictured left), I just had to check it out. You can spray this all-natural product around your hotel room when you arrive, and supposedly it will keep the bed bugs away.

I am happy to take their word for it that this spray (which contains sodium lauryl sulfate, cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, clove oil, peppermint oil and water) kills and repels bed bugs and dust mites. I don't need to test it out on a bed bug. Especially because I wouldn't want to get near one.

No, I was more interested in how Rest Easy smells. I'm quite sensitive to scents, especially those that accompany bug sprays. And even though the ingredients list sounds nice, I was still wary. So, I sprayed a little and I'm happy to report that it has a very nice cinnamon smell.

That's especially important since they recommend that you "spray around the bed to create a barrier," as well as the baseboard and behind the headboard. You don't have to spray it on your bedding — in fact, they don't suggest that because it could cause discoloration to the fabric. Which makes me wonder if it could also damage a carpet…

So, would I actually use Rest Easy? Probably not, because I'm not that neurotic, which is nice to know. Although if I ever encountered bed bugs, then I probably would use this product following that trauma. If bed bugs are a major phobia for you, then I would check this out. Or if you just really, really like the smell of cinnamon.

One Response to BYOB: Bring Your Own… Bed Bug Repellent?

  1. Agentcikay March 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    i like vape-mat ! that does the trick too and i just carry them with me because they are flat and easy to pack away. Also all you need to bring is the small electric pad/burner. Very efficient! (anti bug cream that is hypoallergenic and that you can wipe on your body just before sleeping is great too. non sticky, non fragranced.. extremely good stuff!)

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