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February 15, 2016

Telltale Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Hotel

how to find bed bugs in a hotelThe hospitality industry has seen a lot of changes over the decades, but one thing remains a foundation principle even in the 21st century; your reputation is everything. It’s worth mentioning that the way a reputation is maintained has changed in the digital era with social media, user reviews, and websites that professionally review and document hotel experiences accessible to readers all over the world.

For hotels, this means that it’s easier than ever for consumers to educate and inform themselves about the merit of a hotel. It also means that consistent negative reports — such as bed bug sightings — can quickly come to the public’s attention in a way they never could in a pre-digital era.

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January 13, 2016

Integrated Pest Management In Long-Term Care Facilities

pest control in nursing homesPests in long­-term care facilities should be fought with the help of a professional pest control company. Keeping pests at bay in these facilities can be difficult if some of the older residents have poor mobility or frail health, and you might need to administer fewer chemical solutions because of the residents’ compromised health.

Failing to uphold safety standards in regard to pests has resulted in legal action against certain long­-term care facilities on multiple occasions, awarding huge damages to residents and their families. Long­-term care facilities are like a small village, with many different environments in which pests can enter, hide, and thrive. These locations include resident living areas, kitchen and dining rooms, and cleaning and laundry areas.

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October 8, 2015

Preparing Your Hotel For Fall Pests In New England

how to prepare your hotel to prevent fall pestsThe leaves have started to change colors and the temperatures are slowly dropping. Fall is definitely in the air. For hotels and other lodging establishments, that means it’s time to prepare for the leaf peepers who flock to New England every autumn to enjoy the scenery. Autumn in New England also means that hotels should start considering how to prepare for the wave of  fall pest activity. With cooler temperatures, pests start looking for warm places to overwinter until spring, and your property could be a very appealing target. There are several things your hotel staff and management can do to help protect your guests and your reputation:

Be Ready

Perhaps the most important tip is this: be ready to initiate your pest prevention plan for the fall pest season. If you’re caught unprepared, there is potential for a serious and harder to control issue to occur. Be ready, and be proactive.

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June 2, 2015

Where Do Bedbugs Come from and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

how to remove bed bugsIn the hospitality industry, bedbugs can be a devastating blow to business. Whether you are a 5-star facility or a rustic hostel, no guest is going to want to use your services if he or she wakes up in the morning to find red, itchy welts all over his or her body. They certainly won’t recommend your business to their friends. It only takes one case of bedbugs to do serious damage to your reputation, so it is critical to take the necessary precautions to keep them out of your guests’ beds. 

Bedbugs are small, reddish bugs that are typically around the size of an apple seed. They prefer dark, undisturbed areas and tend to hide in furniture crevices as well as baseboards near beds. Bed bugs will feed on any warm-blooded animal, including humans. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide and warmth that humans emit, so that’s why they camp near or in our beds. Keep in mind that bedbugs are not necessarily associated with poor sanitation. Even the cleanest of facilities could become a haven for bedbugs, as these pests are apt hitchhikers and can easily travel from one place to another via suitcases and backpacks. Luckily, you can get rid of bedbugs with some smart cleanup and professional help. Be sure to take the following tips into consideration.

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