Hotel and Bedroom Bed Bug Protocol
Hotel owners and managers have to deal with a lot when trying to maintain their rooms. For instance, they never know if a hotel visitor or traveler is going to be knowingly or unknowingly bringing bed bugs into the facility. If only one traveler has bed bugs in their luggage, soon enough you may have several bug bugs traveling to multiple units and infesting the place. This will lead to bad reviews and possibly a huge loss to your business.
That is why it’s important to have a protocol in place that involves inspection, treatment and prevention. Save a boatload by doing it yourself rather than hiring exterminators and we’ll explain how here.
Preparation- What You Will Need:
Inspection- Where to Look
For bed bugs, examine the narrow elements of headboards, mattresses, box springs, bedframes and nightstands. Bed bugs can easily spread both horizontally and vertically, so check for infestations in adjacent rooms.
Also some preventative measures you could take to make sure bed bugs don’t spread to other rooms is to keep beds away from touching walls and limit floor contact.
Check for ants around bed seams, baseboards and the edges of desks and dressers. Once you do spot ants, it’s best to do your homework and try to identify the type of ant you are dealing with.
Knowing the species of ant that are present and learning about the type of ant will help you to find out their tendencies as well as the best way to treat them whether it’s insecticides or various baits.
Look for fleas where pets spend a lot of time, such as under pet beds or near doors. Note that larvae and eggs seek protection in carpet fibers, under cushions and in cracks and crevices.
Cockroaches are constantly on the search for water, so look for them wherever there is moisture like near toilets, under sinks and in bathtubs.
Make sure to look for leaks and plumbing issues as well and fix them as soon as you can since the leaks can be a hotbed for roaches.
Control Procedure- Our 2 Step Solution
1. Treat entry points, hidden areas, cracks and crevices, surfaces, bed frames and box spring seams with Flex 10-10 Pesticide or Zenprox Aerosol insecticide combined with Gentrol® IGR Concentrate. This will ensure that you not only kill the adult bugs but prevent the eggs from hatching and bringing about another generation.
2. Follow up with a broadcast application of Zenprox insecticide or Flex 10-10 solution to spray onto floors and carpets. This will prevent bed bugs from migrating into the room and keep other invading pests out.
Pro Trip: If you really want to take care of bed bugs as well as roaches, tank mix all three formulas, both Zenprox, Flex 10-10 and Gentrol IGR concentrate for a powerful trifecta that will knock down those pests quick and provides over a month of residual control.