Allergy Control You Don’t Leave Home Without

luggage photo  So  you’re packing for your trip.  Once you gather your clothes and shoes you probably pack toiletries next.  You probably don’t leave home without these bottles.

  • Small bottle of shampoo – check
  • Small bottle of conditioner – check
  • Travel size toothpaste and mouthwash – check
  • Travel size allergy control spray – what?

Allergy control spray, what’s up with that?

Allergy Control To Go

ADS allergy control sprayWe encourage everyone that stays in a hotel, motel, or even a friend’s home to travel with a fitted mattress cover.  But we know most people don’t follow that advice so they spend part of each vacation sniffling, sneezing, and wheezing.

If you want allergy control but not the cover, there is an alternative.  Travel size bottles of allergy control sprays like ADS Anti-Allergen Spray and Vital Oxide Anti-Microbial Spray.    Each of these products is available in a small 16 ounce travel bottle.  Now 16 ounces won’t make it through your carry-on bag, but you can pack this in your checked luggage.

Quickly Treat a Hotel Room for Allergies

So once you’ve checked-in and checked the room for bed bugs, it’s time to unpack your spray and get to work.  Many motels have air conditioning units that harbor mold and mildew.  Spray the top of the unit and the vent area with either ADS or Vital Oxide Spray.  ADS will neutralize the allergens and Vital Oxide will kill and denature any molds or other allergens in the AC.  Vital Oxide will luggage phototake care of that  “funky” ac smell as well.

Spray down the sheets, bedspread, and pillows.  Since the bed is already unmade from your bed bug inspection, go ahead and spray it down with your ADS or Vital Oxide allergy control sprays.  You don’t need to saturate the linens, just a light mist will do.

While you are at it, spray down the carpeting very lightly as well.  Don’t forget to spray both sides of the curtains too.  Housekeeping may vacuum each day, but they never clean those draperies.

Complete Allergy Control Coverage

We carry many allergy control sprays, but the  we recommend only 2 for travel.  That’s because these products are powerful and cover a wide spectrum of common indoor allergens.

Even if the room has hosted a cat, dog, or other small furry animal you are protected.

ADS and Vital Oxide will neutralize allergens from:

  • animals
  • dust mites
  • molds
  • pollen
  • cockroaches

luggage photoOrder your travel size of allergy control spray today. Then worry how to fit that extra pair of shoes in your bag!

Til Next Time




Bed Bug Covers Have Your Vacation Home Covered

It’s the nightmare no vacation rental owner wants to face.  Bed bugs!  You can screen your rentals but you can’t screen out bed bugs.  It’s good to know that something as simple as bed bug covers on the beds can save you hundreds  of dollars.

How Bed Bugs Travel

picture of bed bugsJust because your vacationers brought bed bugs into your rental doesn’t mean they are dirty people.

Bed bugs can be found in the nicest most luxurious hotels.  They ride from place to place in the trunks of rental cars and in the luggage compartments of airplanes and trains.

Bed bugs can take an Uber or be transferred during a TSA luggage inspection.

Your renters might have left home bed bug free but picked up the hitchhikers along the way.

The best offense is a good defense.

Bed Bug Covers for Every Bed

The vacation rental market is competitive.  You can’t afford to lose zippered bed bug coversrental days for fumigation and replacement of the mattresses, boxsprings, and pillows.    That’s why it is important to keep a good quality bed bug cover on every bed and futon in your rental.

The Allergy Store has been selling bed bug proof mattress covers since we first opened.  Our bed bug covers cover all sides of the mattress and boxspring and zip tight to keep bed bugs out.  If your mattress has already been infested with bed bugs or dust mites, you can rest assured they will not get out.

In addition, bed bugs can not chew through the material or penetrate the fabric with their feeding tubes.  A very thin urethane membrane is heat-fused to the fabric.  This means each bed bug cover is:

  • Waterproof
  • Bed Bug Proof
  • Dust Mite Proof

Even if you are lucky enough to never have bed bugs, your mattresses will last longer.

Your guests won’t even know the covers are there unless you tell them.  And you should certainly tell them about the covers.

It’s A Selling Point!


When you have all of the mattresses in your vacation rental covered, let people know!

It’s a great selling point to assure your potential guests that you care enough to make sure that they sleep unmolested from bed bugs and dust mites.   List your linens and bed bug covers as an amenity.

You can set a small table tent on each bedside reminding them that you put their comfort and health first…that’s why you covered your mattresses, pillows and boxsprings in bed bug proof covers.

Buy your bed bug covers from The Allergy Store and we’ll help spread the word. We are developing a list of all rentals that are protected and we would love to include yours.  Just let us know in the comments below.

Til Next Time!



Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hitch a Ride Home

travel photoSchool is out hurray!  Summer is a popular time for travel and vacationers aren’t the only ones looking to see the world.  Have a great vacation but don’t bring hitchhikers home.  Bed bugs love to hitch a ride where ever they can.  Don’t let bed bugs hitch a ride to your house.

Inspect Upon Arrival

These unwelcome insects can be found in the priciest resorts as well as budget hotels.  That means no matter where you stay, inspect your room upon arrival.

Keeps Bags Safe.  When you arrive, put your luggage and carry-on bags in the bathtub.  It is one place they will be safe from infestation.

Check the Mattress.  Pull back the sheets at the corners and check for picture of bed bugsbugs.  They like the seams in the corners.  If you don’t travel with a flashlight then use the app on your phone as an extra light. You are looking for small bugs or brown spots.  Use the plastic room key to gently check under the seams.

Check the Headboard.  Shine your light on the wall behind the headboard and see if the suckers go running.  Then check the grooves and any decorative carvings in the headboard for signs of bugs.

Check the Furniture.  If the room has upholstered furniture, check the seams of the material.  You are looking for bugs and dark brown spots.  Hard surface furniture doesn’t provide much cover unless it is ornately carved.

Have Fun.   If you find any signs of bed bugs, politely but firmly inform the management and ask for a different room.  If you don’t find any signs of bugs then you can sleep safely.  By the way, no matter how nice the facility; I absolutely never ever ever place my luggage on the floor.  Throughout my stay it always stays on the luggage rack, a table top, or the bathroom counter.  I also never place my clothing in the furniture provided.  It’s just not worth the risk of bringing a bed bug home.

Inspect for Bed Bugs At Home

inspect for bed bugs when you get home

All good things come to an end.  Your trip will be over and its time to come home.  Now you run the real risk of letting unwanted hitchhikers in to create havoc in your home.  Here’s how to keep the little buggers out.

Unpack Outside.   Do not unpack your luggage inside.  Immediately bring backs into the garage, carport, or balcony.  Unpack clothing outside and inspect for signs of bugs.  Wash all clothing and place in the dryer.

Inspect Suitcase.  Inspect the seams and folds of fabric lining your suitcase. If you see signs of bugs you have a couple of options. If you own a chest freezer that is large enough for the suitcase or backpack then you can freeze it for two days.  If you can’t freeze it, purchase the No Pest Strips, and place them in the luggage and seal the luggage up in a plastic bag.  No Pest Strips are toxic, so be sure to wear gloves when handling them and keep the closed bag in an unoccupied area.  In about a week, the luggage will be fumigated and you can remove the strips.

Year Around  Protection Against Bed Bugs

If your mattresses are protected with bed bug mattress covers, then if you bring bed bugs home the infestation will be much easier to control.

zippered covers for bed bugs

These zippered covers prevent bed bugs from making a home in your mattress.  No matter what you do; where ever you go; you aren’t going to get bugs in the mattress.  As a bonus, they double as allergy-proof mattress covers as well.

Go Set A Sentinel

If the idea of bed bugs keep you up at night, set up a silent sentinel.  Bed Bug Defenders intercept bed bugs as they travel and alert you to their presence before they can become a menace.

Have fun during your travels this summer.  Pack plenty of sunscreen, stay up too late and sleep in the next morning.  Just make sure you check the room when you arrive and be careful when you get home. There’s no need to bring home bed bugs from a trip if you just apply some common sense.

Til Next Time!