Sanitation Programs Help Prevent Pest Infestations
By Frank Meek International Technical & Training Director, Orkin, LLC | October 28, 2008
Hotel guests weren't the only ones enjoying the unusually mild temperatures this past winter. The warm weather allowed pests to thrive throughout the season, and with such a low pest mortality rate over the last few months, summer is sure to bring even more pest infestations than usual. To keep pests out this spring, take advantage of your hotel's sanitation program as a pest prevention tool.
Pests require food, water, shelter and optimal temperatures to survive, and hotels supply all four of these necessities in abundance. From ice machines leaking plentiful moisture to room service and 24-hour food sources, hotels offer environments ripe for pest infestations. At the same time, the hospitality industry faces the challenge of choosing pest management treatments that successfully manage infestations without threatening the health and safety of sensitive guests.
As part of an ongoing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, effective sanitation helps remove the elements that attract and sustain pests - food, water and shelter. Although pests can be found throughout a hotel, they most commonly appear in a few "hot spots." By focusing on guestrooms, food service zones, pool areas, lobbies and entrances, laundry rooms, and waste areas, hotels can prevent major problems quickly and cost-effectively. Let's take a look at these "hot spots" to see why they attract pests.
To Stop Pests Cold, Start by Cleaning the "Hot Spots"
Guestrooms - While many hotel guests consider access to delicious food at the touch of a button as one of the luxuries of hotel stays, room service trays left in the room or hallway overnight can present huge temptations for pests. Cockroaches, ants and other pests sneak into guestrooms on people's belongings or through open cracks in windows, doors and walls. If guest bathtubs and sinks leak, cockroaches can flock to the readily available moisture source, while bed bugs find a food source in the guests themselves, often hiding in mattress seams or behind headboards waiting to emerge at night. If untreated, pest infestations in guestrooms can spread quickly to surrounding hotel rooms, so prevention is critical.
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