Signs My Hotel Needs Pest Extermination Services

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Signs My Hotel Needs Pest Extermination Services

As a home away from home, hotels strive to provide a clean and comfortable space for their guests to unwind and enjoy some reprieve from their busy day-to-day lives. But even the most luxurious hotels can endure problems with unwanted guests. Rodents, cockroaches, and other pests can enter and invade any property that offers easy access to warmth, food, and shelter. Since many hotels provide on-site dining and room service, they’re more susceptible to infestations, especially if they have an older structural age where cracks and gaps are common. Being able to identify red flags early on can help you avoid a potential pest problem in your hotel before your guests notice and file a complaint. To maintain a pest-free establishment, here are 5 signs that your hotel needs pest extermination services and why it’s worth having precautionary pest management year-round to protect your hotel and your guests.

Bed bugs are one the most common pests that invade hotels, and they’re one of the most difficult to deal with. These hard-to-kill bugs are about the size of an apple seed and can spread very quickly. Unfortunately, hotels are more vulnerable than most businesses since there is a constant flow of guests who are travelling, which gives bed bugs an ideal opportunity to hitchhike, lay eggs and spread. Studies have shown that these persistent bloodsuckers’ impact nearly 20 per cent of hotels, resorts and establishments within the hospitality sector. So, knowing what to look out for and training staff accordingly, is essential for avoiding an infestation.

Signs of Bed Bugs:

  • Small insects on mattresses that resemble an apple seed
  • Bloodstains on sheets or pillowcases
  • Dark or rusty coloured spots on sheets, mattresses, and bedding
  • Fecal spots, eggshells, or shed skins around the bed
  • An unpleasant, musty odour

Mice will seek out shelter, food, and a place to nest and breed. If they can find these things in your hotel, they will find a way inside. These agile and inquisitive creatures can squeeze through the tiniest spaces and can cause extensive damage to structures. Since mice are nocturnal, they can remain hidden for an extended period of time while breeding and contaminating your property. 

Signs of a Mouse Infestation:

  • Tiny dark droppings
  • Grease marks or dark smears on walls, floors, and floorboards
  • Scratching noises
  • Tracks or footprints on dusty areas
  • Strong, ammonia-like smell
mouse gnaw marks

Although they look similar to mice, rats are larger, heavier and are even better at hiding. Rats are also much stronger and can gnaw through almost anything, including metal, glass, and cinder blocks. In addition to causing significant damage, they can transmit bacteria and disease, which is why it’s imperative to identify and treat any problems as soon as possible. The red flags to keep an eye out for are very similar to mice.

Signs of a Rat Infestation

  • Dark droppings that resemble a grain of rice
  • Grease and smear marks
  • Gnawed surfaces, wires, or packaging
  • Scratching noises
  • Footprints
Rat rub marks

German cockroaches are the most common type found here in Canada. Even though roaches are typically synonymous with unsanitary environments, they can invade even the cleanest properties. These resilient critters need moisture to survive, so if your hotel has any leaky pipes and faucets in the laundry room, kitchen, or bathrooms, they could be creating an attractive invitation. Aside from being gross to look at, cockroaches can cause allergies and carry pathogens.

Signs of a Cockroach Infestation

  • Dark droppings that resemble pepper grounds
  • Dark fecal stains
  • Remnants of skin shedding
  • A strong, musty odour
  • Dead cockroaches
German cockroach with nymph and egg sac

As their name suggests, pavement ants are usually found along sidewalks and around the foundation of hotels. They’re also one of the most commonly sighted pests in North America. Like most pests, they’re attracted to sources of food, water, as well as humidity. Though they may seem harmless, these tiny insects can be aggravating once they enter an establishment. They can also carry germs and contaminate food. Ants reproduce in large quantities which can turn a minor situation into a major infestation quickly.

Signs of an Ant Infestation

  • Individual ants or trails of ants
  • Mounds of displaced soil near hotel pavement
  • Discarded wings
Pavement ants with wings


Being aware of common red flags such as these is crucial for protecting your hotel from unwanted guests. Keep your hotel safe, clean, and protected from any potential infestations by informing your team of these signs and using an integrated pest management service. At Integral Pest, we offer customized pest control solutions throughout Vancouver and the surrounding areas that proactively protect businesses from having unwanted guests. If you think your hotel needs pest extermination services or general monitoring and maintenance, reach out to us today!

We understand bed bugs and we work hard to understand your unique situation. We take the time to assess each job and develop a customized pest control plan to rapidly knockdown bed bugs while working with you to prevent them from coming back. Request a free no-obligation consultation!

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