December 12, 2019
Banning Bed Bugs from Your Beaumont Hotel
Bed bugs. Those are the last two words you want to hear if you’re a Beaumont hotel or motel manager.Your front desk notices a guest with a line of red spots on his arm. He scratches the spot and comments that he must have gotten bitten by something the day before. Could they be mosquito bites? Then the worse happens. You receive calls from several recent guests. The complaint: Bed bugs. The holidays are coming, and the last thing you need to worry about is having a bed bug infestation on your hands. You’re already getting reservations, and you don’t want marks on your business’s reputation, not to mention a loss in profits.
Common Questions Hotel Owners Have Regarding Bed Bugs
What am I looking for?
When full-grown, bed bugs are ¼ to 3/16 of an inch long, with reddish-brown, flat, round bodies. They can be mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches. However, they’ll look larger if they’ve just had a meal.
The signs of bed bugs
- shed bug shells
- fecal stains on mattresses or bedding
- bloodstains on sheets
Where do they live?
Bed bugs can live in beds, box springs, mattresses, bed frames, and even in furniture. They’re only the width of a credit card, so if you have an opening that a credit card fits into, a bed bug can as well. They’ll also live under loose wallpaper, in electrical outlets and appliances, in the junction of a wall and ceiling, and even in the head of a screw.
And bed bugs don't choose the seediest hotels or motels to infest. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts. Their presence isn't determined by the cleanliness of the facilities.
What do the bites look like?
Bed bug bites can look like bites from other insects such as mosquitoes or chiggers. The bites can resemble rashes such as eczema or fungal infections. They can also look like hives.
Bed bug bites are different than those of other insects. They tend to feed several times, making a row or cluster of bites. They can appear as welts from scratching. The bites occur in skin areas exposed during sleeping, such as:
While they favor humans, they will bite other mammals and birds.
When are they active?
Bedbugs are most active at night.
How do they get around?
All you need is someone or something that comes in from an infested area, and you’ve got problems. Bed bugs can move from an infested site by traveling on furniture, bags, luggage, boxes, bedding, and clothing.
How do you prevent them?
You can’t check every guest coming and going for bed bugs. However, there are some things you can do to help prevent them. You should:
- Make sure cleaning equipment is up to par.
- Be sure the washing machines are using the very hottest water.
- Be sure the vacuum cleaners’ suction is strong.
- Use plastic covers on mattresses and box springs.
- Make sure housekeeping is done very thoroughly.
Get The Professionals In Right Away!
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