The Worst, Yet Most Effective Way to Kill Bedbugs Discovered

Also: Where these bedbugs were found will shock you—could it happen to you?

Bedbugs have long been a concern for travelers staying in hotels, but did you know that you can catch the nasty creatures from rental cars as well? If you do happen to pick up a loaner vehicle that’s infested, don’t do what one Long Island man reportedly did to try and get rid of it—by dousing the car in alcohol.

According to the NY Daily News, Scott Kemery discovered bedbugs in his rental car, and asked a friend for advice on how to get rid of them. The friend supposedly told Kemery that he could kill the bugs by soaking the car in alcohol, so he did. Unfortunately for Kemery, he then proceeded to light up a cigarette inside the (now highly flammable) vehicle, which then ignited, burning Kemery and the car.

Kemery survived, but the rental and the bedbugs did not.

Here’s some advice (not involving fire) on how to avoid bedbugs when you travel: 8 Things You Should Do Before Anything Else in Your Hotel Room.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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