Name: Rest Easy
What it is: Organic bedbug killer/repellent made from essential oils, including cinnamon, lemongrass, clove and mint. In other words, it's not poison.
How it works: The directions say to spray around the perimeter of your bed and elsewhere in your room, killing the bloodsuckers or forcing them to retreat into cracks and crevices. It also suggests spraying your luggage, so you don't take them home.
The good: Not having a ready supply of bedbugs, I didn't know how to test this. I wanted to write on the subject, because Vancouver, site of the Winter Olympics, is among many cities reporting bedbug problems. Then a friend said her office had been overrun by a kind of tiny insect similar to fruit flies. Everybody in her office was killing them on their desks. We had our lab! She had killed a few of the bugs on her desk on a Monday. On Tuesday, she sprayed an X pattern of Rest Easy on the floor of her cubicle, then in a circle around it. She liked the cinnamon smell, which eventually dissipated. The only bug sighting at her desk that day occurred when another worker turned on a fan that blew a bug to her desk. She treated one more time, Wednesday. She saw no more bugs at her desk for the rest of the week. Meanwhile, neighboring workers just feet away continued to kill the bugs.
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The bad: Hey, it's not poison. It's cheap. It seems to work. It comes in a 2-ounce bottle permissible for carrying on flights. I don't see a "bad."
Cost: As little as $6.99 for a twin pack.
Where to get it: In the household cleaners section at Bed, Bath & Beyond. It also can be found at resteasykillsbedbugs.com, where it's more expensive.