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How to Check for Bed Bugs in Your Hotel
Even the cleanest environments can experience bed bug infestations, and although these unpleasant pests are visible to the naked eye, they can be difficult to detect since they love to hide and only come out at night to feed. Bed bugs are notorious for hitchhiking on all types of materials like suitcases, books, and clothing, making it easy for them to travel and spread quickly. For this reason, hotels can be particularly vulnerable to infestations which is why it is important to know what to look out for so you can tackle any potential problems right away. Protect your reputation and your guests by sharing these steps on how to check for bed bugs in your hotel with the housekeeping department and management teams. If training support is needed or any signs of bed begs are spotted, give us a call right away at Integral Pest so we can perform a thorough inspection and employ our discreet and effective bed bug treatment.
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What to Look for
Bed bugs are quite tiny, but they are visible and can leave traces behind. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and will be brown or dark red in colour. Bed bug eggs look like an off-white grain and can often be found in clusters.
Look out for these red flags:
- Small, dark brown, oval shaped insects
- Small blood stains on mattresses
- Rusty spots on bedding and walls
- Eggs, eggshells, and fecal spots
- A noticeable musty smell in the room
How to Inspect Hotel Rooms
Bed bugs are commonly found on mattresses and within crevices of the bed frames, but they can hide in many other places to. This includes tiny cracks around or near the bed, in cabinets, skirting boards and more.
Here are the main areas to inspect for bed bugs:
- The mattress seams, pad, and box spring
- In cracks along the headboard
- The zips and seams of chairs, sofas, and cushions
- The joints or seams of skirting boards and carpets close to the wall
- Around photo frames and lamps
- Along the joints of doors and drawers
Pay Attention to Guest Complaints
Often, one of the first clues of a potential bed bug infestation in your hotel can come from a guest’s complaint about insect bites during their stay. Always make it a point to investigate these complaints immediately. Bed bugs bites can cause different reactions but typically, they’ll leave behind small, itchy red bumps with a darker center. These bites can resemble a zigzag pattern, welts, or a line.
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Inspect Adjacent Hotel Rooms and Common Areas
If any signs are identified in one hotel room, make sure inspections are carried out in adjacent rooms and any common areas like the lobby, lounge and recreational rooms or facilities. We recommend performing spot checks on other floors as well. Early detection is key for preventing them from spreading quickly and controlling a potential full-blown infestation.
Follow Your Nose
Bed bugs produce a putrid smell caused by their exoskeletons, pheromones, and feces. This odor is usually musty and slightly sweet. If any of your housekeeping staff detect an unusual odor in a room that resembles this, it could indicate an infestation and shouldn’t be ignored.
When you own or manage a hotel, your reputation is everything. But all it takes is one complaint about bed bugs to tarnish that reputation and negatively impact your business. By being proactive and informing your staff on how to check for bed bugs in your hotel on a regular basis, you can minimize the risk of an infestation and any negative repercussions. If you suspect there’s a bed bug problem in your hotel or want to employ preventative measures, give us a call at Integral Pest. We provide tried and tested pest control treatments using the latest technology and industry leading strategies that deliver results you can count on. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a service.
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