Bed bugs are problematic for many industries including, property management, retail, food/beverage, hospitality, transportation, and healthcare. If not handled properly, bed bug infestations can be a public relations nightmare, resulting in a damaged reputation, lost revenue, possible litigation and, in extreme cases, closure.
Bed bugs usually hitchhike into a company or business, by sneaking in on people or objects. In the case of hotels, bed bugs may enter through adjacent rooms; once inside, they are extremely mobile. Preventing a bed bug infestation is not easy, but awareness and education, as well as diligence, are key elements to reducing risks of an infestation.
The first step to understanding bed bugs is to learn the facts about these nocturnal creatures including identification, signs, and habits.
Detection and Inspection are Critical
Early detection of bed bugs is crucial, but it’s only the beginning. As soon as bed bugs are suspected, a thorough inspection should be made to determine the extent of the infestation and then a treatment strategy and follow-up plan, including the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools and techniques, should be discussed. Modern can provide training to help employees identify bed bugs and understand how to prevent bed bug infestations from occurring.
Because bed bugs are brought in from the outside, and due to the number and frequency of people and families moving from place to place, it’s no wonder property management companies are struggling to control bed bugs in their units. Property Managers need to develop a strategy to manage the cycle of bed bug infestations.
Bed bug infestations in retail stores are increasing due to the sheer number of patrons that visit stores and shopping malls. In retail, bed bugs are found on returned merchandise, on store furniture, in carpets and excess fabrics, in changing rooms and shipping areas, and where employees gather such as break rooms and lounges. Retail staff should know the signs of bed bugs to help avoid infestations.
Food & Beverage
Bed bug infestations in restaurants and cafes are becoming more common because the pests are transported in by clothes and luggage or briefcases and then stay behind when a customer finishes their meal. It’s important to have a protocol in place and educate staff about the biology and habits of this blood sucking pest.
Bed bugs are finding their way into hotel rooms across the country. They are introduced by customers and can be a significant risk to your brand if not detected early. These pests can quickly spread from one room to the next as they retreat to wall voids and other hiding spots after a meal. Housekeeping staff needs to be vigilant and know what to look for as they clean vacated rooms.
Bed bugs are found wherever people congregate and as more people travel for school, business or pleasure, bed bug infestations are being discovered on board aircraft, trains, subways, and motor coaches, as well as airports and bus terminals. Early detection is critical before they spread and cause alarm among travelers.
Bed bug infestations are increasing in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and even hospital emergency rooms. The pests hitchhike their way in as patients get treated or when they are visited by friends and family. Protect your reputation by having an identification and control plan in place.