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Hotel pest control tips

October 6th, 2017 by Mike MacDonald in Bed Bugs, Pest Control Services

Whether you are staying in a hotel, own one, or manage one, there are a few pest control tips you should know to keep you or your guests safe from pests.

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What to look for as a hotel guest to avoid pests bed bugs

There could be a variety of different pests to look for when you first enter a hotel room, but one of the more common ones are bed bugs. Now, bed bugs don’t just hide in beds, and there are specific things to look for when you are on the hunt for bed bugs.

Bed bugs can hide in a variety of places from beds, to furniture, to clothing, to luggage. and more. When you first enter a room, just take a quick look around to see if there are any warning signs for bed bugs.

Some warning signs for bed bugs could include things like black specs on furniture, shed exoskeletons, blood spots on sheets, or bugs themselves. Be sure to check around the box springs as well and corners, creases, and seams in the bedding and furniture.

Bed bugs aren’t necessarily nocturnal, but they are attracted out of hiding when they detect heat and carbon-dioxide from a potential meal. This means that when you first enter a hotel room these pests are probably hiding and could be harder to see without a quick check of specific hiding spots or warning signs.

Other common pests that could be in hotel rooms

Some other common pests you could find in a hotel room could be rodents, roaches, or even fleas. Now for the most part, hotels do a good job of preventing pest issues, but it doesn’t mean they can’t happen.

For example, hotels might allow pets to stay in their hotel. This could be a factor for introducing outside pests that normally wouldn’t get in, like fleas for example. Even in hotels where pets are prohibited, some guests will sneak them in through back doors.

These pests probably won’t have many warning signs, but they do spread quickly. If you run into these guys, it’s important to immediately leave and shower as well as wash your clothes and dry on high heat to kill off any fleas that could have made their way onto your things. This is a similar strategy to use if you encounter bed bugs as well on a stay in a hotel. Heat is a great tool for killing them, but don’t forget often overlooked pieces such as luggage, backpacks, and shoes.

As for rodents, look for signs like feces around the hotel or in your room. These guys are skittish and won’t usually be active during the day, but you could come across them during your stay.

Common areas that roaches hang out are near water sources and areas that have warmer temperatures. They could usually be found in bathrooms. You could check under the sink for leaking pipes as with frequent showers temperatures and humidity can be ideal for these pests.

Have the pest control experts at Rove Pest Control train your staff

Again, in most cases, hotels do a good job of keeping their rooms pest free, but one way as hotel owners and managers, you can keep it that way is by having your staff trained on what to look for from the pest control experts at Rove Pest Control.

When your hotel staff knows what possible warning signs to watch for, your hotel can get rid of any potential pest issues before they cause significant problems.

Pests can spread very quickly from room to room in close quarters such as in a hotel, so being prepared and having a team in the know, can help save you on costs and removal of pest infestations, by counteracting them before they turn into big issues.

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