We’ve talked at length about the importance of using a bed bug travel spray while using a hotel room. If simply getting bitten by bed bugs while you are in the room was the worst that could happen, then it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Yes, it would be bad, but it would be a limited problem. The real mess begins when you take the bed bugs home with you. All of those nooks and crannies in a suitcase makes it an ideal place for bed bugs to hide, and they’re more than happy to crawl out and make your bed at home their new living quarters.
But what about Airbnb and bed bugs? While you’ve most certainly heard about the problems of bed bugs in hotels, what about Airbnb? Let’s talk about some of the reasons you’re going to want to take an all-natural bed bug travel spray with you when you head to an Airbnb:
Airbnbs Aren’t Really Regulated
Companies like Airbnb are shaking up areas of business that could probably use a little shaking up; but even as they do so, they’re introducing new problems while solving others. Large businesses like hotels have reputations that they’re worried about, and will, therefore, address a bed bug problem very quickly. After all, it could become national news and quickly scar their brand.
Airbnbs, on the other hand, is run by a single individual. There’s no oversight on that living space and no maid service that’s been trained to look for signs of bed bugs. Sure, the sheets get changed at an Airbnb (you hope), but is the owner checking for bed bug excrement, bloodstains, and discarded nymph husks?
When you get to an Airbnb, it’s best to get out your bed bug travel spray just as you would at a regular hotel. Using it can prevent you from getting bitten and can kill any bed bugs that you might otherwise inadvertently take home with you.
91% of hospitality facilities are worried about the impact of bed bug infestations
(The Bantham Group)
Reviews Get Lost
You might think that an Airbnb host would be especially concerned about their space because it’s the only one they have; if it gets a bad reputation, then their one and only location is unusable. Well, here’s the problem: a single bad review is quickly lost. If an Airbnb has a 5-star rating and the bed bug review takes it down to a 4.9 star, then it’s still a 4.9 star and people will jump at the opportunity to stay there. Many people simply trust the star rating and don’t read reviews, so the bed bug review could be lost quickly.
If you missed that review, you might not know about the bed bugs. That’s why it’s always a good idea to check out every Airbnb you use.
Looks Have Nothing To Do With It
If your Airbnb turns out to be nicer than you thought, you could think that you’re safe from bed bugs. Not true. We’ve often talked about how the nicest places on the planet can be just as susceptible to bed bugs as run-down locations. Having bed bugs has nothing to do with a home or hotel being clean or dirty, new or old.
No matter how nice the place is, give it a bed bug check:
Look in the seams for the bed bugs themselves.
Check for dark spots on the mattress, which could be bed bug excrement.
Look for discarded skins of bed bugs.
All of this can be made much easier if you use a bed bug detection light set to a frequency that makes bed bugs and their eggs fluoresce. Even if you don’t see any bed bugs, make sure you put some bed bug spray on the perimeter of the mattress.
Airbnb Owners Might Not Know How To Deal With Them
Often, those who run an Airbnb are just as clueless as you used to be. Many of them will simply make the most obvious choice, one that’s been drilled into our heads by advertisements for our entire lives: call an exterminator. Unfortunately, as we’ve detailed in previous blogs, exterminators use toxic chemicals in order to treat bed bugs, and these chemicals are often reintroduced to a house multiple times before they see the job as complete. Even then they might not guarantee their work, especially if they can simply claim that Airbnb was re-infested by a subsequent host. On top of that, many chemicals such as permethrin no longer work on bed bugs, because the bed bugs have built up an immunity to it.
Unless the Airbnb owner happened to find out about ourall-natural bed bug killing spray, it’s likely that they’ll have called someone in to introduce a harsh chemical that’s not even affecting the bed bugs. You could end up staying there between the exterminator’s treatments, meaning that the bed bugs are still near full strength.
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