Did you know that bed bugs lay anything from 2 to 5 eggs per day which can hatch within 10 to 15 days? For hoteliers, this isn’t great news.
It only takes one bad review on social media to ruin your hotel’s reputation. According to statistics, your hotel’s occupancy could drop by 20% within weeks of a bed bug outbreak. Not only will you be losing money on bookings, but it’s also a tedious problem to get rid of.
How to Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation
While there isn’t a 100% sure-fire way to prevent these little critters from entering your hotel, there are some precautions you can take to reduce the risk. Even with the best housekeeping practices, you may still be at risk since bedbugs can arrive with your guests. Below are some methods to reduce the risk of a bed bug infestation:
Preventative Pest Control
Often, hoteliers don’t see the need for proactive pest management procedures, especially when it comes to bed bugs. But, with air travel becoming so much more affordable, the risk is higher than it has ever been. You know what they say, better safe than sorry.
Regular Inspections (Especially During Warmer Months)
Bedbug breakouts peak during the summer months since they get dehydrated and come out for food (blood). Regular inspections will ensure that you’re the first to know about a possible problem, giving you enough time to respond.
Already a victim of a bedbug infestation? Here’s how you can do damage control:
- Deal with negative comments on social media — don’t ignore them.
- Acknowledge your problem, apologize and gift free stays to affected clients
- Reassure the public that you aspire to increase pest management procedures to ensure this never happens again.
After you’ve dealt with guests, get in touch with Pest Control Pros and let us help you rid your hotel of bed bugs for good.
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