Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.
It’s a common rhyme most children know. But are bed bugs something you think of TODAY? If they aren’t, they should be.
Maybe you thought of them as a thing of the past. Well, they were. You see, pesticides pretty much wiped them out in the 1950’s. However, pesticides only took care of them in modern, populated areas. They continued to be a problem in underdeveloped countries.
Fast forward to today. Global travel is the “in” thing to do. Guests are visiting remote locations where bed bugs are able to thrive and they’re bringing them back. Travelers from around the country and world are acting as first-class tickets for these hitch hikers. Bed bugs can be found in planes, trains, buses, depots, terminals, hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. Students from all over are experiencing bed bugs in college dorms, and sometimes they’re even bringing them home or spreading them to hotels. So what does this mean for the hospitality industry? It means that once again, bed bugs are something to be on the lookout for.
The thing is, there is no easy way to prevent bed bugs from getting in. And here’s why – when guests stay in a hotel room that has bed bugs, they might pick up a bed bug or two in their suitcase or clothing. That luggage or t-shirt acts as the bed bug’s one way ticket into the next hotel room they stay in. That hotel room is then infected and the cycle continues.
So, what should you do? As there is currently no known prevention for bed bugs, the first thing you can do is train your staff to check for early signs of bed bug activity. Dark spots and blood stains on mattresses, sheets and pillow cases and headboards and baseboards are all things to look for. If you think you might have bed bugs in your facility or would like to train your staff on how to spot a bed bug infestation call us at 1-888-2MASSEY (262-7739).