If you own or manage a hotel, then you know that it is difficult to keep things running smoothly. You are constantly trying to keep your guests happy, as they are your priority. But you also need to keep the building clean and safe. Unfortunately, this means that you need to plan for possible bed bug infestations.
Know What They Look Like
The most effective way to prevent bed bugs is to have your staff keep a lookout for these pests as they clean rooms. Teach your housekeeping staff what bed bugs look like and how to spot an infestation. Keep them on alert when changing sheets and towels to look for things such as red stains that could be dried blood, small eggs or eggshells that are discarded as the nymphs grow, and tiny black spots that smear when they become wet, which is their fecal matter.
Keep Proper Documentation
Keeping documentation on how a previous infestation was handled can help you to prepare for a future outbreak. It is also important to keep a record of any customer complaints, as well as any actions that were taken to solve the issues. Be sure to keep records of any inspections, as well as areas that have been prone to infestations. Sufficient record keeping can help you to plan a more effective strategy.
Take Preventative Measures
The smartest way to prevent an infestation is to prepare as best as you can. Use protective mattress covers and pillow covers. Change these out as needed and as you do, check for signs of bed bugs in the mattress or box spring. Consider having a professional pest control company make regular inspections so as to keep on top of your hotel’s condition. If bed bugs are detected, contact your pest control company immediately!
If you have a bed bug infestation, treatment is necessary. If left untreated, bed bugs can take over the entire building. Vacuum behind headboards, under the bed and any other hiding places. Use extreme heat or cold to kill bedding for at least 48 hours. Be sure to wash all linens as well.
If you are dealing with a bed bug issue, contact Alliance Pest Management today.