22Jun/16

How To Protect Your Hotel From Bed Bugs

One of the biggest pest management nightmares that hospitality services can face is the presence of bed bugs, which feed exclusively on human blood. Since pests are great hitchhikers and can arrive with guests, it’s essential to check for them frequently.

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Pest management is a task that must be constantly tended to: Infestations can occur if establishments are left unchecked, since bed bugs have many hosts to feed on. A few bed bugs can turn into a thousand in just over two months. Therefore, hospitality staff members should be trained on pest recognition to ensure that there are as many eyes on the lookout as possible.

Provide training

You can ensure that employees are properly trained on spotting bed bugs by working with Premier Pest Management which provides free training to hospitality venues. Staff members will learn to inspect bed bug-prone areas in rooms and can raise an alert if any of these pests are spotted, dead or alive.

Know the risk

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to prevent bed bugs from making their way onto your property. There are guests arriving from all around the world on a daily basis, and these pests can take a ride in their luggage or clothing. Personnel should familiarize themselves with the various signs of bed bugs; this includes recognizing them by their size, shape and color, as well as knowing what their feces look like.

Implement a response plan

As a hotel manager, it’s essential to have a response plan, in case guests find bed bugs in their rooms. Rather than hold yourself responsible, figure out what your staff members can do immediately to help resolve the problem. Fast action will show your venue’s dedication to guest service and satisfaction.’

If you suspect bed bugs may be present, have professional pest control specialists do an inspection to verify the problem. If identified, have the bugs taken care of right away to ensure that the infestation doesn’t spread to other areas of the venue.

Although housekeeping services spend the most time in hotel rooms, having all staff members trained means being able to check rooms more efficiently, both prior to guests arriving and in cases when they have spotted bed bugs.

Premier Pest Management Hotel Monitoring Program:

Our licenced technicians can set up a monthly program to suit the needs of your hotel by doing monthly bed bug inspections on blocks of 6-10 rooms a visit as a precautionary preventative measure against a major infestation to insure the quality and safety of hotel guests.

22Jun/16

What Are Bedbugs?

Bedbugs are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. They are easily moved from room to room on infested objects. Bedbugs cannot easily climb metal or polished surfaces and cannot fly or jump.

Adult bedbugs can be as long as 10 mm. They have an oval, broad, flat body and a short, broad head. Adult bedbugs are brown, but darken to a blood red color after feeding. Young bedbugs are shaped like adults, but are smaller (1.5 mm long) and lighter in color. They also darken after feeding.

Bedbug eggs are white, about one millimeter long, and are almost impossible to see on most surfaces. The female bedbug lays at least 200 eggs in her lifetime, at a rate of about two to four each day. The eggs have a sticky coating and are laid in cracks and crevices, behind woodwork and other hidden locations. They usually hatch in 6 to 17 days.

How They Feed And Live

Bedbugs come out at night to feed, attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale. They will feed on both people and pets. Bedbug bites may not be noticed right away because bedbugs typically feed at night when people are asleep.

Bedbugs prefer locations where they can hide easily and feed regularly, like sleeping areas. Their flattened bodies allow bedbugs to hide in extremely small locations: under wallpaper, behind picture frames, in electrical outlets, inside box springs, in mattress pads, and in night tables.

Newly hatched bedbugs feed as soon as food is available. Bedbugs can live from several weeks to up to a year and a half without feeding. Older bedbugs can go even longer without feeding.

Adults usually live for around 10 months, but can live for a year or more in a home where the environment is good for reproduction (with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 28°C).

Bedbug Bites

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A bedbug bite can take as long as 14 days to appear, depending on the person. While bites can happen anywhere on the skin, they are often found on the face, neck, arms, legs, and chest.

Some people do not react at all to the bites, while others may have small skin reactions. In rare cases, some people may have severe allergic reactions. To avoid infection, try not to scratch the bites and keep the bite sites clean. Using antiseptic creams or lotions, as well as antihistamines, may help.

 

Bedbug - How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

Learn more about bedbugs:

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Bedbugs are very hard to get rid of. If you do have bedbugs, it is strongly recommended that you hire a licensed professional pest control operator.

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