July 23, 2015 / Commercial Pest Control

Steps For Preventing Bed Bug Infestations In The Hospitality Industry

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Hotels and other businesses in the hospitality industry rely on many things to attract and keep customers, but a solid reputation is one of the most important. Even just one run-in with bed bugs in the hospitality industry can easily ruin an otherwise perfect business reputation. Working with a reliable pest control company is crucial in order to prevent and quickly control an infestation before it causes damage to your bottom line.

Make sure that all of your staff members, particularly those in housekeeping, are able to identify bed bug and signs of activity. Their bodies are oval-shaped, small, and flat. They have two antennae and six legs that appear striped due to their golden body hair. An adult bed bug is  between 5 and 6 millimeters long and reddish-brown in color, although they become darker and engorged after feeding. Nymphs (immature bed bugs) are typically golden or white and  between 1 and 4 millimeters long.

Respond appropriately to reports of bed bugs from your staff or guests. It is imperative that reported infestations are handled immediately. This involves inspecting the location where the activity was reported, as well as any adjoining areas or rooms. If the activity is reported in a guest room, wash and dry all bathrobes, towels, rugs, curtains, and bedding using the hottest setting to ensure all bed bugs and nymphs have been exterminated. Mattresses must be steamed and scrubbed using a stiff brush. Use a HEPA vacuum on the carpet, floor, furniture, bed frame, and mattress. Always inspect the room before adding or removing items or renting it out to guests.

Hire professional pest control. Calling a professional is crucial if you find out you may have a bed bug problem. Professionals will have the necessary supplies and and equipment to thoroughly treat the infestation, attacking bugs at all stages of the bed bug lifecycle. They will also determine whether bed bugs have spread to nearby rooms or common areas, and offer guidance and monitoring services to reduce the likelihood of future infestations.

Dispose of infested furniture and materials. Pest control professionals will advise you to throw out infested furniture and other items that cannot be decontaminated. Some in the hospitality industry may view this as a waste of money, but consider that proper disposal will dramatically reduce the risk of further infestations and the cost of business loss. Be sure to properly enclose infested items prior to removal to prevent bugs from escaping and infesting other furniture.

Always follow the advice given by your pest control company when treating or preventing a future bed bug problem. Their recommendations are based on years of experience and technical knowledge. They will advise you to minimize the amount of clutter found in common areas and guestrooms. They will suggest repairing cracks in the plaster, joints and crevices on baseboards, loose wallpaper, and gaps on cabinets, as each of these areas can harbor bed bugs. You should also schedule routine inspections as part of an ongoing prevention plan.

JP Pest Services is dedicated to solving commercial pest problems throughout New England. Our service professionals understand the specific regulations and requirements of the numerous different types of commercial industries we provide service for. We offer free staff training for anyone looking to give their employees the resources and knowledge needed to help not only lessen the effects of pest issues, but also to prevent them all together. Request your free consultation today for a thorough examination of your business and a pest control program tailored to your specific needs.