Bed bugs are everywhere and are one of the most stubborn pests to deal with. Hotel pest control has its own set of unique challenges because there are numerous potential hiding spots and areas that allow bed bugs to explore. These pests not only put the health of guests and staff at risk but can also harm the hotel’s reputation.
However, with early detection and a strategic approach, they can be eliminated.
Here are four tips to help you deal with the pests:
1. Educate Your Staff
You are your best defense for bed bug prevention in the hotel. The first and foremost step you should take is to educate yourself on how to find bed bugs and best practices to follow to keep these stubborn pests away from your belongings. You must be attentive at all times and should lookout for the following signs:
Reddish or rust-colored stains resemble dried blood on mattresses or bed sheets. These occur because the bed bugs are crushed while they are feeding or if they have recently fed.
Small eggshells or eggs in the bedding and skins cast off by the nymphs as they grow. The eggs are around 1 millimeter in size, and the skins shed by nymphs are usually of a tan shade or pale yellow in color.
Groups of tiny dark spots that smear when they are wiped with a wet rag. This is bed bug fecal matter and is generally dark brown or black in color.
Live bed bugs, which are wingless, flat, and oval-shaped creatures. They are usually brown in color but may appear reddish if they have recently fed. The nymphs are paler and smaller and the fully grown adults range from 4 to 5 millimeters in size.
2. Carry out Proper Documentation
Proper documentation is of utmost importance. Reports regarding customer complaints, inspections, and the treatments carried out help the concerned department tackle a bed bug infestation effectively. Just as early detection is essential, proper documentation is also crucial. You can keep a track of previous incidences of infestation and track the occurrence and areas that are frequently infected. This helps you chart a clear strategy to eliminate bed bugs.
3. Take Appropriate Preventive Action
The next step is the planned prevention. If a bed bug infestation is ignored for long, it becomes more difficult to eliminate these pests because of their ability to harbor in hard-to-reach areas and how quickly they breed and spread. Sealing the areas that are prone to infestation is important. For instance, use sealedmattresses and pillow casements. If your hotel is prone to bed bug infestations, it is important to consider partnering with professional bed bug exterminators.
4. Employ Effective Elimination Methods
When it comes to bed bug extermination, vacuuming, freezing and steam heat are some of the most effective treatments. All the headboards, seams, and other potential hiding places should be carefully vacuumed. Bed bugs generally hide within 5 feet of the bed. Once done, check all the vacuum brushes to ensure that no pests are caught in the roller and place the vacuum bag in a securely sealed bag before disposing of it.
Freezing the bedding, pillow, and bed covers in extreme cold for 48 to 72 hours can help eliminate these pests. Professional bed bug exterminators use carbon dioxide under pressure to immediately eliminate bed bugs and their eggs. Steam heating is another effective method. Remove all the infected bedding items and covers and send them for a steam wash. This not only helps you get rid of the bed bugs, but their larvae, pupa, and other small bugs also are eliminated.
Let us at Bed Bug Store assist you. All our products come with a90-day 100% satisfaction guarantee. We have been relieving customers of their bed bugs for over 16 years. Our products are also 100% all-natural, chemical and pesticide-free. The smell you notice when using our solution, is the fresh scent of peppermint.
A closer look at where to use Bed Bug Patrol:
Safe for children and pets, completely deadly for bed bugs.
Our sprays are made with 100% effective natural ingredients and essentials oils, making Bed Bug Patrol a great alternative to harsh pesticides and insecticides which bed bugs are becoming increasingly resistant to.
Enjoy the safety of knowing your bed bug battle will soon be won by the all-natural power of Bed Bug Patrol.
What are people saying about Bed Bug Patrol?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"I had a chance to use this a couple of days ago. I had been sick and had not kept up on my spraying every couple of days to keep them away. I previously used a different brand. When I check, there they were again! I used this and after 3 days they are still gone! It works, smells good, and the pump actually works (it doesn't on other ones I've bought). The booklet they included with the purchase was very informative and helpful as well. I highly recommend this product."
- Helen V.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“I was really surprised!! There really is NO CHEMICAL smell and when using this product along with mattress covers the problem seems to be taken care of. I never felt as though there were harmful chemicals...it actually smells good! I have already suggested this product to others."
- Monique M.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Naturally I freaked out when I found bed bugs. I called two exterminators, received estimates of $1,700-$2,650 which I would have paid until I started researching other methods and saw the reviews on this product. Vacuumed thoroughly, sprayed as directed, encased box spring and mattress. Repeated vacuum and spray a week later. So far so good!!"
- Debra C.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“This stuff works great for various types of insects, especially bugs, kills them quick! It has an overwhelming peppermint smell, which is great compared to any other type of poison. Has not affected my animals at all. Great product!!"