Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, chances are you’ve heard of Airbnb. This online accommodation-sharing platform has revolutionized the travel industry in recent years. Rather than forcing travelers to pay for small hotel rooms in their destination city, Airbnb provides an affordable and arguably more interesting alternative.
Bed Bugs Are A Real And Present Danger For Travelers
Through the Airbnb platform, ordinary people with a guest bedroom, vacation property, or entire house to share can rent their unused space out to people who are looking for accommodations in that location. The website offers everything from villas in Italy to tiny studio apartments in Chicago. It may seem weird, but millions of people have embraced the idea. For one thing, it’s often far cheaper than a hotel and you often get more space/special amenities. For another, it’s just cooler, especially in the eyes of today’s adventurous hipsters.
“...The opportunity to stay in someone’s charming home feels like a more authentic way to experience a new city, as opposed to checking into a cookie-cutter chain hotel,” explains Yahoo Travel.
Here’s the big, often ignore a problem with Airbnb. You really don’t have any idea about the hygienic practices of the people who are renting out their rooms and homes. While the Airbnb platform goes a long way to make sure that you’re not renting from an ax murderer and that the property actually looks as advertised, these factors are only skin deep. In several cases, exhausted travelers have woken up in an otherwise clean-looking Airbnb only to discover that their limbs were a midnight snack for bed bugs.
“Our host in Los Angeles had terrific reviews. He also had bedbugs. Our first morning, we woke up and saw a critter the size of an apple seed crawling on the duvet. A frantic Google image search later, we had booked a hotel, sent the host a series of as-yet unanswered messages, and abandoned the apartment,” continues the author of the Yahoo Travel piece.
And that’s not even the worst part of the story.
What every traveler should know about Airbnb is that it offers little in the way of recourse for guests who have a negative experience with bed bugs. If you discover that the apartment or condo that you booked is infested with bed bugs, Airbnb has no policy requiring the host to refund your money.
The best way to protect yourself from this scenario is to check for bed bugs before you unpack one single item of your clothing or even take a seat on the furniture. The good news is that the Bedbug Store offers several products that make this process easier.
Disposable Mattress Covers
With this Disposable Mattress Cover bed bug treatment aid, you can keep your mattress or box spring safe from bed bugs and dust mites infestations! It also protects your mattress from spills and stains. Exceptional waterproof protection.
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Bed Bug Detector Light
Your naked eyes are NOT up to the task of spotting bed bugs all on their own. That’s why we’re proud to offer this UV light for bed bug detection. This bed bug detector light uses a specific UV frequency that causes bed bug droppings and eggs to literally glow in the dark. Using this light to check for bed bugs makes the entire process quick, easy, and most importantly, fail-proof.
Bed Bug Travel Spray
If your bed bug light doesn’t reveal any droppings or eggs, but you’re still skeptical about the presence of bed bugs in your Airbnb, our bed bug travel spray will help to ease your mind. Once you’ve performed a thorough physical inspection of the dwelling, apply a liberal dose of our all-natural bed bug killer spray. We’ve created a convenient travel-sized option that makes it easy to bring your favorite natural bed bug treatment on the go.
We can’t all just stay in our houses every day, scared to go out because we might encounter a bed bug. Travel is a great way to expand your mind and learn about other cultures, but we have to balance this experience with our personal safety. You can’t easily pack a huge spray bottle or 2 lb bag of crawling insect control dust into your carry-on bag. The folks at Bed Bug Patrol realize this, which is why we’ve created an entire line of products designed to protect you no matter where you lay your head.
Let us at Bed Bug Store assist you. All our products come with a 90-day 100% satisfaction guarantee. We have been relieving customers of their bed bugs for over 15 years. Our products are also 100% all-natural, chemical and pesticide-free. The smell you notice when using our solution, is the fresh scent of peppermint.