Suitcase Made to Kill the Nasty 'Souvenir' No One Wants

Thermalstrike heated luggageNo matter what reason you have for traveling, you're likely going to anticipate potential annoyances like long lines at an airport or lots of traffic on the road. Bed bugs and lice, on the other hand? Not so much! Unfortunately, these pests are becoming more and more common "travel companions" in the US.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the recent increase in bed bugs may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices. Ugh!

That said, we do have hot new defenses to lean on, like bug-killing baggage! Yep, ThermalStrike Heated Luggage heats up the inside of your bags to a toasty 140 degrees, the temperature at which pests that lay claim to your clothes and the pockets of your luggage will go poof!


The ThermalStrike product is just like any other luggage in that it's a lightweight polycarbonate blend outer shell, but inside, there are ultra-thin infrared heating panels hidden behind the lining. Once you pack and zip up the bag, you can power it up and set a timer for two to eight hours. (Two is good for an empty bag, while the full eight-hour cycle is recommended to kill bugs in a bag full of clothes.)

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Considering that no one wants to tote home "extra tenants," this technology definitely sounds useful. But if you're not willing to invest in a whole new set of luggage to stave off critters, you can always lean on a few other safety measures to prevent an infestation

1. Unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage carefully.

2. Remember that time in a dryer at high temperatures kills the bed bugs (just washing will generally not do the trick).

3. Store suitcases away from your bedroom, such as in the basement or garage -- never under your bed.

What do you do to prevent bringing bed bugs and lice home?


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