Commercial lodging is particularly vulnerable to bed bug problems because of the steady stream of guests arriving. Each guest is a potential source of introducing bed bugs into a new location. These pests are expert hitchhikers and can be carried in on luggage and clothing.
Lodging facilities may face lawsuits if guests are bitten by bed bugs and they can suffer from damaging public relations if the media learns about the incidents. Managers need to be proactive in monitoring for bed bugs and aggressive in dealing with them in order to prevent angry guests and bad publicity. This protocol provides guidelines for lodging managers to help them recognize, and effectively respond to, bed bug problems.
Develop a written "bed bug action plan" with specific policies, directions, and responsibilities for the following:
If you suspect that your hotel or other commercial lodging is infested with bed bugs, the first thing you need to do is get confirmation. You may be able to verify the infestation yourself, if the bugs are in obvious places. Search the rooms to find evidence. Check every bed, carefully removing blankets and sheets from mattresses and box springs to look for dark fecal matter. Also, walk around each room, stopping to search any area where there is an unusually strong odor – bed bugs are associated with a musty smell.
Bed bugs, however, tend to hide from sight and can occupy areas you wouldn't think to look. They can hide in smoke detectors, electrical sockets, cracks in walls and floors, and amongst office stationary and furniture. Examine the walls and floors, paying particular attention to corners and other dimly lit places where bed bugs like to hide during the day. Locating bed bugs in your hotel is a daunting task that can be done more effectively by professionals.
Early detection and prompt, effective action is critical in preventing bed bugs from becoming established in apartment buildings. Once established, bed bugs are among the most difficult and expensive pests to control. Successful elimination demands aggressive action and the perseverance to track down every last bug. This document provides guidelines for apartment managers that will help them recognize a bed bug infestation, find an immediate solution, and minimize future bed bug problems.
Develop a written “bed bug action plan” in advance of problems being identified. A plan should include specific procedures and responsibilities for responding to a bed bug incident, including:
WHAT TO AVOID
If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your apartment…
You should conduct a search of each room. Start with the bedrooms – remove all bedding and take the liners off the bottom of box springs. Bed bugs like to hide, so be sure to check corners, cracks in walls and floors, and other dimly lit places. If you detect a strong musty odor or find fecal matter in these hiding places, you may have a bed bug problem.
For a more extensive and efficient search of your home, contact ZipZap Termite & Pest Control. When our professionals come to inspect your house, we ask that you also allow them to search the interior of your car. You may have unknowingly brought the bed bugs into your home from a secondary location.
Once you know you have bed bugs in your home, you need to get rid of them. Postponing treatment will only increase the likelihood of a widespread infestation. Home remedies have limited effectiveness and can be costly and complicated to use. At ZipZap Termite & Pest Control, we have the experience and equipment needed to deal with small and large infestations of bed bugs.
Our Board Certified Entomologist is an expert in the identification and removal of bed bugs. He will tailor the treatment plan to your unique situation so that we can deliver effective service.
The staff here at ZipZap has the knowledge and training to safely implement pest control treatments. We use approved chemicals (dusts and low-odor aerosols), as well as heat methods to completely eliminate bed bugs.
Don't entrust your hotel or apartment building to just any company – contact ZipZap Termite & Pest Control for quality bed-bug elimination.