This post was sponsored by Ortho Home Defense but all opinions are my own.

One of my worst travel fears is bed bugs. I am afraid of staying in a hotel room that has bed bugs and then bringing them home with me. While staying in an NYC hotel during a bed bug epidemic, I overheard a guest complaining that they had bed bugs. That was enough to ruin the rest of my stay. Fortunately, my room was free of bed bugs but I was so paranoid I kept checking.

I am not alone in being scared of bed bugs – many Americans also share my fear. In fact, a new survey commissioned by Ortho found that nearly 3-in-5 Americans (58 percent)1 would rather be naked in public than have bed bugs. According to this survey, bed bugs have become so prevalent that 1-in-3 Americans (33 percent)1 know several people who have bed bugs, half (50 percent)1 know at least one person who has had bed bugs, and the majority of Americans (58 percent)1 have actually checked their current home for bed bugs. Many people aren’t sure how to treat bed bugs – sixty seven percent of Americans admit that if they found out they had bed bugs today, they wouldn’t know all they needed to do to get rid of them.

My usual strategy for avoiding bed bugs so far has been to read online reviews before I book a hotel to make sure there are no mentions of bed bugs. When I check into a hotel room I check the bed for any sign of bed bugs. I have never found any but I am not sure I would necessarily spot bed bugs if they were present as they hide in cracks and crevices.

I am excited that there is now a new quick and easy way to find out if my hotel room has bed bugs – the Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug Trap.

The Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug Trap is a pesticide-free detector recently launched by Ortho, a leading insect control company, that lures, detects and traps bed bugs in less than an hour, if present, making it perfect for use at home or in hotels.

The Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug Trap uses a newly-identified, patent-pending attractant pheromone to lure bed bugs out of hiding by tricking them into thinking they have reached a safe shelter. If bed bugs are present, the trap holds them permanently in a sticky pad, allowing users to quickly and confidently confirm their presence through a viewing window.

Ortho® Home Defense® Bed Bug Trap

The Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug Trap is very easy to use. All you have to do is peel the provided glue card, place it on the back of the trap and activate the attractant by pushing down the button on the top of the station until a click is heard. You can monitor for bed bug activity by peeling the viewing window label back. If bed bugs are present, snap the station closed to permanently trap them and dispose of the trap in the trash.

If your fears are confirmed and bed bugs are detected in your home, Ortho has a comprehensive (and affordable) line of Ortho Home Defense bed bug products to treat the problem including the following:

• Ortho Home Defense Dual-Action Bed Bug Killer – A fast-acting aerosol that kills bed bugs and their eggs. Use this at the first sign of bed bugs to spot treat visible ones on smaller areas, such as bed frames and mattresses.

• Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug, Flea and Tick Killer – Ready-To-Use formula featuring a continuous spray Comfort Wand applicator to kill hidden bed bugs on larger areas such as carpet, baseboards, closets and furniture.

• Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug, Flea & Tick Killer Powder – Kills hidden bed bugs in cracks, crevices and electrical outlets.

When asked in a survey, the average American indicated that he/she would pay $681 to fully eliminate bed bugs in their home1, but the full line of Ortho Home Defense products cost less than $45. Be sure to read and follow all labeled directions when using these products.

The Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug Trap is now available at major retailers and Amazon. If you are concerned about bed bugs, consider using the Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug Trap both at home or while traveling. The traps are portable so it is easy to bring a couple of them with you on your next trip even if you travel light.

For more information about the Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug Trap, visit


1. Survey Methodology: The Ortho Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research ( among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults 18+, between June 28 and July 5, 2017 using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older.


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