Bed Bugs: New Issues, Same Old Foe

By Frank Meek International Technical & Training Director, Orkin, LLC | January 09, 2011

Hospitality Industry to Remain Proactive and Focused

With guests coming and going, bed bugs continue to plague hotel owners and, unfortunately, their guests. Consumers are more educated about the issue than ever before, and with online blogs and guest reviews, news and bad word-of-mouth can spread as quickly as an actual infestation. Therefore, it's critical that you and your staff continue to stay ahead of the issue and work together with your pest management professional to help keep bed bugs at bay in your establishment.

Bed Bugs' Appearance and Behavior

Bed bugs are flat, tiny insects – about the size of an apple seed – and are light tan to brown in color. After they feed, they turn a reddish brown color. Bed bugs prefer to reside close to their hosts (humans), and during the day, disappear into cracks and crevices behind picture frames, bed frames, baseboards and other areas.

Bed bugs are almost always introduced into a hotel setting by human activity. Great "hitchhikers," they can travel from place to place with people's luggage or personal belongings. Once inside, bed bugs can spread quickly from room to room on furniture or even on housekeeping equipment. So what does this mean for you? The good news is there is no proof that bed bugs can spread disease, so there is not a direct health risk for your employees or guests. For a hotel, the potential threats from a bed bug infestation are negative word-of-mouth, a tarnished reputation and decreased revenue.

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