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 due to a large number of rooms and traffic creating numerous potential hiding spots and areas for bed bugs to spread in and explore.
The results are startling. The research reveals that far from being just a nuisance pest, bed bugs are a significant business challenge. Their prevalence can result in costly remediation and, in some cases, litigation. Consistently introduced from the outside by the very driver of business revenue – guests – bed bugs can’t be kept at bay just by standard housekeeping practices or increasingly obsolete generic sprays and services. Hoteliers today face an ongoing threat and a major expense if bed bugs do come calling.
These pests not only put the health of guests and staff at risk but can also permanently harm the hotel’s reputation. However, with early detection and a strategic approach, they can be eliminated for good.
91% of hospitality facilities are worried about the impact of bed bug infestations.(The Bantam Group)
What Bed Bugs Are Costing You
1. You Have Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can check in with guests, leading to an introduction of the pest. A bed bug introduction occurs when just one pregnant female bed bug or multiple bed bugs get inside a hotel. These bed bugs haven’t started reproducing yet – but they could, and that’s what can lead to an infestation. Bed bug infestations develop when all bed bug life stages –egg, nymph, and adult – are present, and the adults start reproducing. In a matter of weeks, a bed bug population can explode and start invading adjacent rooms.
According to the National Pest Management Association,over 68% of bed bug findings are reported from hotels and motels despite studies showing that 98% of hotels having at least one ongoing bed bug prevention program in place.
You are your best defense for bed bug prevention in the hotel. In order to stop a bed bug incident before it becomes a full-blown infestation, your staff must be attentive and look out for the following signs:
Over 68% of bed bug findings are reported from hotels and motels despite studies showing that 98% of hotels have at least one ongoing bed bug prevention program in place.
(National Pest Management Association)
Reddish or rust-colored stains that 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. The Real Cost of Getting Bed Bugs
The #1 concern of successful hoteliers is negative word of mouth and reputation damage.Bed bugs are not a rare occurrence. And they can be expensive – for a hotel’s bottom line and reputation. Just one-bed bug sighting or bed bug review online can be all it takes to send guests packing.
Unfortunately, a bed bug experience by a customer doesn't just end in negative reviews. A recent study by The Bantam Group has shown that a single bed bug incident costs an average of $6,383 with over $4500 just being from the replacement of soft goods and immediately lost business.
3. The Legal and Long-Term Implications (Ouch)
The legal implications of a single bed bug incident can be far more damaging than expected. Some statistics to keep in mind are:
45% of hotels have been the subject of litigation because of bed bugs.
One in five found themselves party to a lawsuit in the past 12 months.
Litigation per-incident costs an average of $17,177.
Even if each incident generated just the average remediation and litigation costs, the total cost of bed bug infestations over five years would be $167,276.
In regards to the long-term implications of bed bug incidents, successful hoteliers know all too well the detrimental impacts of snowballing negative reviews and local word of mouth. These alongside the tremendous costs per incident can ruin a business entirely; especially when traditional chemicals employed by service professionals are becoming increasingly less effective as bed bugs have shown to develop immunity after prolonged exposure.
4. Our Solution
With more than half of the hotels surveyed treating for bed bugs every three months on average, lessening the impact of an introduction can be the key to saving a hotel property from a full-blown bed bug infestation. Hotels know these bloodsuckers are a problem, and it’s no secret that a proactive approach can go a long way in mitigating the damage. So, do what you can to make sure guests sleep tight –and don’t let the bed bugs bite.
That's why we here at Bed Bug Patrol ® have created a new, effective, all-natural spray that's less than 1/25th the cost of traditional pest services per incident.
Especially when popular pesticide services usually employ cheap and generic treatments which not only does nothing to prevent future incidents but causes future treatments to be less effective due to immunity being built by surviving bed bugs).
Bed Bug Patrol Natural Bed Bug Killer is easily added to routine housekeeping and works to eliminate bed bug infestations while also preventing future incidents for more than 90 days.
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