Build Pests Out of Your Hotel: Incorporate Pest Management into Your Next Redesign

By Frank Meek International Technical & Training Director, Orkin, LLC | August 27, 2010

As travel increases along with the improving economy, hoteliers might consider making design changes to attract more guests. Customers not only look for the most affordable option, but also for a place that can provide all the comforts of home. Remodeling is a common practice for hospitality establishments looking to increase business.

Hotel renovations often focus on guest-pleasing amenities, new design considerations or technologically advanced upgrades. While these will certainly draw more clientele, you want to attract the right customers. Renovations can appeal to another type of guests entirely – pests.

But, there's good news: Pest management doesn't have to wait until your hotel is up and running. You can start preventing pests beginning at preliminary stages. With so many details to monitor during a renovation, it's important to not let pest control slip through the cracks; otherwise, you'll have pests coming through the cracks at your hotel.

While the ground breaking on your new construction signals a step in the right direction toward customer satisfaction, pests are anything but pleased when construction disturbs their natural habitat and displaces them from their homes. Where will they go? Often into your hotel or building materials in search of shelter, meaning you can literally build pests into a future guest room. If undetected, these infestations can cause expensive structural damage down the road.

To prevent pests from making themselves at home on your construction site, consult with your contractor about establishing an on-site Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. IPM utilizes proactive measures to prevent pests from accessing the attractants they need for survival. Food, water and shelter all entice pests, and many of these items can easily be found while renovating.

Take a proactive approach to pest management during your next hotel renovation to ensure you attract paying customers and not uninvited guests.

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