Strategies for Bed Bug Pest Control in Hotel Properties
So far we have covered the basics of Integrated Pest Management and how JP McHale uses these strategies in the broad sense, as well as specifically in describing the methodology in our rodent control programs. Continuing on, we now tackle one of the most talked-about pest related issues of the day, pest control for bed bugs. Much like our earlier posts, we will outline here how IPM is used effectively in prevention, detection, and elimination efforts in commercial settings, specifically in hotel pest control.
Bed Bugs Are Everywhere!
Over the past decade, New York and the world has seen a huge resurgence in the incidence and reporting of bed bug cases. Once unheard of, bed bug cases are now commonplace, with infestations being treated in residences and businesses alike. Ask any NYC bed bug exterminator and they will tell you that they are very busy. With 99.6% of pest control services reporting bed bug cases in 2013, it’s clear to see that the bed bug is back and people are taking notice. Bed bug forums and reporting websites are now common and nothing can spell disaster for hotels and other businesses like the reputation for having a bed bug problem. Because bed bugs are so prevalent and can spread so quickly, it is essential for hotels and other businesses to have effective strategies in place to protect their customers. JP McHale understands this and takes a detailed Integrated Pest Management approach, ensuring that our client’s reputations and businesses are protected in the most effective ways possible.
Bed Bug Strategies
So what are the most effective ways to counteract the spread of bed bugs into your place of business? Well, in keeping with our IPM model, JP McHale takes a multi-leveled approach to dealing with the particularly difficult problem of bed bug control. This approach starts with education, and leads into prevention, documentation and ultimately, remediation and eradication of bed bugs.
The education of staff is a top priority in bed bug prevention. Teaching your staff to follow best practices in identifying and preventing problems before they grow is your best strategy in any hotel pest control effort, especially when it comes to bed bugs. Because any guest can be a vector for carrying bed bugs into your business, your staff must be vigilant and aware of any signs of bed bugs in order to prevent infestations. JP McHale recommends education seminars for hotel staff be held two to four times a year. These sessions will keep staff aware and up to date with how to identify, prevent and treat bed bug incidences. The staff is your first line of defense in hotel pest control.
Once the staff is educated on the topic of bud bugs the next crucial step is prevention. If bed bugs gain a foothold they can be particularly difficult to eradicate because of their resistance most approved chemical controls, the ability to harbor in a variety of hard to reach areas and the fact that they breed and spread quickly. Preventing the bud bug’s ability to harbor is key in these efforts. Using sealed mattress and pillow casements such as Protect-A-Bed are essential here. Identifying the presence of bed bugs early can mean the difference between simple single site remediation treatments versus site-wide infestation and intensive eradication efforts. Because of this, JP McHale partners with industry leaders like Carl Masicott founder of Advanced K-9 Detectives, the first bedbug canine scent detection company in the United States. We recommend frequent canine hotel site inspections along with the use of interceptor devices that collect bed bugs at the base of bed and chair legs in order to give our clients an edge in detection and prevention.
Along with and preventative monitoring and maintenance practices, keeping careful logs and following standard operating procedures for bed bug complaints is also key in an effective prevention and treatment effort. Since early detection and eradication is so essential in preventing infiltration and spread of bed bugs, documentation is of utmost importance. Proper documentation and reporting on complaints, inspections, treatments, and room history means that we can track the occurrence and spread of bed bugs onsite and effectively treat the problem and prevent their spread.
Once preventative measures have been taken and documentation has been recorded, and the presence of bed bugs is confirmed, the next step is treatment. Bed bugs react to heat, so most treatments involve steam cleaning or heat treatments that effectively kill them where they harbor. Although bed bugs are particularly resistant to most chemical treatments and fumigation efforts, some low impact chemical treatments such as Sterifab have proven effective, so a combination of heat and chemical treatments are used in bed bug extermination efforts. Once a careful system of treatment has taken place, preventative and documentation efforts should be continued to ensure the effectiveness of treatment ongoing.
Education, prevention, documentation and remediation and JP McHale’s continued commitment to the Integrated Pest Management philosophy provides our customers with the best advantage possible in our efforts to control bed bugs. Look for more on how we use IPM to make businesses cleaner, safer and more customer-friendly in our next blog, JP McHale’s Integrated Pest Management Practices in Commercial Food Processing Sites.
JP McHale specializes in providing superior pest management services to commercial facilities in the New York City metropolitan area. We are a family-owned and operated company that was founded with the mindset of providing a superior pest management service to our commercial customers by providing unparalleled attention to detail, pro-active communication, overall professionalism, and customer support.