Bed bug infestations in hotels are on the rise, and as summer ends and the holiday travel season begins, it is only going to get worse.
A study by the University of Kentucky found that mentions of bed bugs in travel reviews can lower the cost per hotel room by $38 for business travelers, and $23 for leisure travelers. That might not seem like a lot until you multiply by it 365 days.
For anyone who travels frequently, the idea of bringing bed bugs home is one that often crosses their mind. Hotels can benefit from working with a licensed pest control company and taking proactive and protective measures to reassure their guests.
Here are some ideas:
- Using protective mattress covers on all beds
- Having semi-annual room inspections by licensed pest control companies – housekeeping isn’t enough, as they are often not trained what to look for.
As popular as social media has become, it doesn’t take much for word to get out that a hotel has bed bugs. Then you’ll see your occupancy rate plummet and spends tens of thousands of dollars getting the issue fixed.
Bed bugs can travel easily within a hotel, through vacuums, pipes, wall sockets, luggage, clothing, laundry, and more.
Contact Zenpura Pest Solutions, the bed bug experts in Jacksonville, for more information on how we can help your hotel either treat bed bugs or help you prevent them from even becoming an issue.