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Hotel Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are parasites that seek out sleeping people or animals for a blood meal. After feeding, they hide. It is challenging, but not impossible, to prevent, detect and control bed bugs due to their small size and ability to squeeze into cracks and crevices, where they are often unnoticed.

Ongoing, the need for hotels to have a proactive pest control program is imperative in order to maintain customer satisfaction and a healthy reputation. The biggest pest threats to hotel accommodation areas are bedbugs and other biting insects.

Hotel Bed Bugs - What are the characteristics of Bed Bugs?

  • Eggs: tiny, white, and glued to surfaces.

  • Nymphs are light-coloured, from 1/16th”.

  • Adults are rusty red, apple seed-sized, 3/8”.

  • Six legs, oval, flattened from top to bottom.

  • Do not jump or fly, but are good runners.

  • They tend to congregate together.

  • They can live several months without a blood meal.

Hotel Bed Bugs - What Are the Signs of Bed Bugs in the hotel?

  • Small, whitish shed skins and rusty spots on bed linens which are droppings and bloodstains from crushed bugs.

  • Live bed bugs of any size.

  • Eggs and casings among droppings or in crevices where adults hide.

  • An offensive, sweet, musty odour from the bed bugs when infestations are severe.

  • You may have Red, itchy welts or rashes from bites; however, bite marks are not a reliable indication of a bed bug infestation.

Hotel Bed Bugs - How to Identify Bed Bugs?

  • Pick up the mattresses in the rooms and look under them. Check around the edges of the box springs.

  • Check under the box spring.

  • Look at the corners of the room. Oftentimes bedbugs are wedged in corners sleeping during the day. Also, spiders do catch them and this is where they generally have their webs.

  • This is the most important tip of all. Headboards in hotel rooms are easily removed. They are basically decorative.

  • Lift up each headboard and lay it on the bed. Carefully inspect the hole where the headboard was lifted out. Also, inspect all niches and corners of the headboard.

  • Remember bedbugs are very small and dead bedbug husks sometimes can be hard to pick up. If you see any type of bug or husk of small bugs, you most likely have bedbugs in the room (or at least used to).

Hotel Bed Bugs - How to Hire a Pest Control Operator?

  • Call several licensed and insured companies, compare services and get written estimates.

  • Insist on references and do call and check the references.

  • Look for companies that: offer an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solution.

  • Offer both chemical and non-chemical treatment options give a pre-treatment check-list perform pre-treatment inspection recommend both interceptors and encasements offer two or more service visits and follow-up.

Hotel Bed Bugs - How to Integrated Pest Management Policies For Hotels?

  • Capture several examples of the pest and have them identified by a qualified expert before taking any further actions.

  • Never use outdoor pesticides indoors.

  • Some pesticides and total release foggers are highly flammable. Improper use may cause a fire.

  • Never overuse pesticides. More is not better and leave the job to the professionals.

  • Always Read, understand, and follow the label-use directions.

  • Daily Vacuuming reduces bed bug populations, Clean and vacuum bed bug-prone areas daily.

  • Immediately seal and dispose of the vacuum bag.

  • Install encasements on mattress and box spring.

  • Install bed bug interceptors under bed and furniture legs.

  • Keep the bed away from the wall and do not let bedding touch the floor.

  • Clean and scrub seams/folds with detergent.

  • Seal cracks where bed bugs can hide.

  • Items that cannot be washed or dried may be steamed, heated or frozen using specialized equipment.

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Authored and managed by Augustine, a hotelier with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He has a 3-year diploma with 'honors' from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and a Bachelor of Computer Application - BCA Degree.