Bed Bugs Info: Bed bugs are an enormously costly problem for hotels and the hospitality industry as a whole. Bed bugs feed on people while they are sleeping and then search for a hiding place to lay eggs and rest. When there are just a few bed bugs introduced into a hotel room, they will likely stay very close to the bed and harbour behind the headboard or under the mattress. However, as they begin to multiply, the chances increase quickly that the bed bugs will find other hiding places in furniture, walls and closets.
Bed bugs have been known to crawl up to 30 feet at night to feed on people. Therefore, it is rare that a bed bug infestation is limited to only one bedroom. When one room is not filled, they can crawl to another room to feed or stay in hiding. Inspecting rooms that have had no occupants for a number of days is not very useful. Bed bugs will have had no reason to come out of hiding and leave their tell-tale signs. When a new infestation is suspected, it is important that surrounding rooms on all four sides are also inspected for signs of bed bugs. Treating just one room rarely solves the problem since bed bugs will go from room to room easily.
Unfortunately, there are no safe pesticides on the market today that have the ability to kill bed bugs reliably unless they are sprayed directly on the bugs. Additionally, pesticides do not kill any bed bug eggs waiting to hatch. Absent using very expensive vikane gas or thermal treatment, which do kill eggs, treatment for bed bugs will usually require multiple visits from a pest control professional. Visits are scheduled about two weeks apart to eliminate any new hatched bed bugs. Using encasements and bed bug monitors will foster early detection so that bed bugs can be easily eliminated. When bed bugs are found in small numbers and still confined to one or two rooms they are much easier to treat and are still undetected by your guests.
For early identification, we strongly recommend all hotels purchase mattress and box spring encasements, which also protects your investment in bedding. Additionally, every bed should have a BB Alert Passive Monitor that is checked on a weekly basis. This allows you to pinpoint the source of the infestation down to one or two guests and, in many cases, disposing of the monitor itself will dispose of all of the bed bugs and eggs in the room. Just to be sure a room is cleared after discovering a bed bug, we recommend using the Bedbug Beacon Monitor for two weeks while keeping the room vacant in order to attract any newly hatched bed bugs or errant bugs that survived initial treatment.