Phoenix, AZ is a major year-round travel destination, with visitors coming from near and far to enjoy the sunny climate. Schools are closing for the summer and vacation season is ramping up! With more people going on vacation comes a heightened need for vacationers to stay somewhere. As a hospitality professional, you understand the value of your hotel’s reputation. Positive word-of-mouth, online reviews, and inspection reports are vital to your business’s image. Don’t let a bed bug infestation put a black mark on your hotel’s reputation. Protect the public’s perception of your company by keeping bed bugs from taking over with the help of Western Exterminator.
How to Identify Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are apple seed-sized, or about 3/16-1/4″ long. They’re brown, flat, and oval-shaped. After a feeding, they become round, elongated, and reddish-brown. They have four-part antennas, wings, triple-segmented beaks, and short, golden hairs. Glands on their undersides produce a sweet, musty odor. Nymphs, or young bed bugs, are even smaller than adults. If they haven’t fed recently, they’re hard to spot due to their minuscule size and translucent, yellow-ish white bodies. Bed bug eggs are pinhead-sized and pearly white, sometimes with a single dot.
How to Check for Bed Bugs in a Hotel
Even the nicest, 5-star hotel can fall victim to a bed bug infestation. According to the 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey, conducted by the National Pest Management Association, 75% of pest professionals reported finding bugs in hotels and motels. The problem with these pests is that they are often transported by the guests themselves. With people coming and going from your hotel every single day, the chances of bed bugs taking up residence there is frighteningly high. No matter the caliber of the hotel, the staff should check hot spots for bed bug activity as a part of regular maintenance and cleaning routines. Bed bugs are often found along joints or crevices, especially in the following places:
- Mattresses, Box Springs, and Bed Frames
- Sofas, Chairs, and Ottomans
- Wardrobes, Dressers, and Baseboards
- Nightstands and Wall Fixtures
Bed Bug Prevention with an Integrated Pest Management Policy (IPM)
With so many guests passing through your Phoenix hotel, it’s difficult to avoid bed bug infestations. Mattress covers do seal off mattresses from these bloodsucking pests, but they are often not enough. The best line of defense against an infestation is to adopt an integrated pest management policy. IPM emphasizes prevention, putting proactive measures in place to avert future damage and the need for reactive measures. This includes schedule routine inspections and treatments with experienced local pest control professionals. Additionally, you should train staff members to watch for signs of bed bugs, and work with them to develop a plan of action for when these unwanted guests appear. In the long run, an IPM policy ensures a safer environment for your staff and guests, as its preventative nature minimizes the need for toxic chemicals.
Western uses the ERDM approach to Integrated Pest Management, allowing our specialists to detect pests early and offer the most effective solutions. ERDM stands for the following:
- Exclusion – Seal possible entry points to prevent pests from gaining access.
- Restriction – Contain pest activity and stop infestations from spreading.
- Monitoring – Ensure that pest control methods are effective with continued observation.
- Destruction – Use most effective methods to eliminate pest problems.
Save Money on Pest Control for Your Hotel
There is one sure way to ensure that hotel pest control will be very expensive, and that is to wait until an infestation arises to start it. Without proactive measures, you could be looking at astronomical costs in the future, both financial and with your reputation. Follow these steps to keep your costs low and your reputation clean:
- Put an integrated pest management policy in place
- Constantly monitor your hotel for signs of pest activity
- Make pest prevention a priority
- Listen to your customers and prioritize their concerns
- Partner with Western Exterminator to make pest prevention and control a part of your everyday operations
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs with Western Exterminator
Since hotel owners and operators have no control over guest actions, infestations are always possible. Be sure to take guests’ bed bug complaints seriously. If a customer sees bed bugs, their eggs, or small blood spots on the mattress or bedding, move the guest promptly to another room. Provide plastic bags to seal off luggage and avoid a bed bug migration to the new room. Call in the reputable Phoenix bed bug control pros immediately.
At Western Exterminator, we understand how important your reputation is to your business. We work with commercial clients in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding area to quickly and discreetly eliminate bed bugs using safe, effective heat treatments. Our treatment plans get rid of bed bugs at every stage of development and prevent the need to dispose of infested items. Call us today to get your business back on track with pest control for bed bugs.
Want to learn more about bed bugs? Check out What Do Bed Bugs Look Like? and The Ins and Outs of Bed Bug Eggs and Bed Bug Larvae.