Contrary to what many people think, bedbug infestations aren't caused by dirty surroundings. Formerly wiped out in the U.S. by the now-banned pesticide DDT, bedbugs continued to thrive in other areas of the world. As global travel increased, they've hitchhiked their way back in on airplanes, luggage and unsuspecting travelers, all of which makes even the more chichi hotels prime targets for the crawlies.
The makers behind Rest Easy advise that you spray down your room upon arrival. You should shake the bottle, spray 12 to 18 inches from area being treated, spray evenly and do not saturate. The areas should be left to dry for about two hours. The company claims the spray will kill 90 percent of the buggies within two seconds of contact, and the rest within 30 minutes. You should also spritz your luggage so that you don't bring any of the flesh-chomping bedbugs home with you.
You don't have to worry about growing a third eye if you are heavy-handed with the spray. Rest Easy is made from essential oils like cinnamon, lemongrass, clove and mint, so it's safe for you, kids, pets and the earth. There's also no chemical smell from Rest Easy, as the spray leaves a cinnamon aroma that's supposed to help repel the buggers.
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