Hotel Bed Bug Treatments – Making Sure the Problem Is Gone!
While bed bugs can be a headache for anyone, those in the hospitality industry are especially susceptible. It should be clear that this isn’t because your establishment is “dirty” or not well-maintained; it happens because so many guests come and go every day, parking luggage on beds and furniture, putting clothes in closets and bureaus, and using the linens.
The important thing is simply to be prepared! Having a plan in place will not only help you to present a calm face to any guests who may make you aware of a bed bug issue, but it also allows you to contain and quickly resolve the problem.
7 Steps for Hotel Bed Bug Removal
As a side note before we jump into a suggested treatment plan for bed bug removal, there is something important to keep in mind: it’s worthwhile to be honest and straightforward with a guest who alerts you to the problem. Don’t try and sidestep it, or gloss over the problem. Put yourself in their shoes! They want to know how it’s going to be handled and if they have anything they need to worry about. A calm, honest face will take you a lot further than making light of it all and hopefully save you from a bad online review. . .
- Inspect luggage – If the room is occupied when the problem is discovered, ask to inspect the guest’s luggage. A good way to frame this is by saying that you simply want to make sure that the problem won’t be spread!
- Wash what you can – Anything that can be washed in the affected room should be, and on the hottest setting. Then they must be run through the dryer on high for at least 30 minutes. If you can afford to throw away the linens, why not?
- Vacuum the bugs – use a HEPA vacuum to suck them up. using the crack and crevice tip. Discard the vacuum bag before moving on to another room!
- Seal the deal – This can be a hassle, but it is an absolutely crucial step: put the mattress and boxspring into a bed bug approved encasement or treat it via heat or fumigation.
- Keep the bugs homeless – If there are cracks even in the plaster, wallpaper, or around the baseboards, it’s important to patch, repair, and seal them using a sealant caulk as needed.
- Regularly inspect – Keep tabs on the room, regularly checking the mattress especially.
- Train your staff in bed bug awareness and appoint a designated person to keep track.
Or, Hire a Professional to Remove Your Bed Bugs
If all of this seems like a lot to take on (and it is!), it may be worthwhile to hire a professional pest control company to address the matter for you. Why not reach out to us at Standard Pest Management? We are a family-owned business that has been proudly removing unwanted visitors since 1929. Let us know how we can help you get back to business as usual!