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 damaged reputation, lost revenue, possible litigation, and in extreme cases, closure.
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.
Next, a treatment strategy and follow-up plan that includes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) should be discussed. Modern Pest can provide training to help employees identify bed bugs and understand how to prevent bed bug infestations from occurring.
Bed bugs usually hitchhike to a location on people or objects. Once inside, they are extremely mobile. Preventing a bed bug infestation is not easy, but awareness, education, and diligence are key elements in reducing the risk of an infestation.
The first step to understanding commercial bed bug control is to learn the facts about these nocturnal creatures, including identification, signs, and habits.
As a property manager, you deal with varying rates of turnover and occupancy. Since bed bugs are brought in from the outside, it can be a struggle to control bed bug activity in your units. There’s just no guarantee that the new tenants aren’t bringing bed bugs along with their mattress. Property managers like you need to develop a strategy to manage the cycle of bed bug infestations.
Beg bug infestations in retail settings are common. Unfortunately, more customers mean more chances of bed bug exposure in your store or shopping mall. Bed bugs are found on returned merchandise, store furniture, in carpets and excess fabrics, in changing rooms, and in shipping areas. They’re also common in employee gathering areas like breakrooms and lounges. Your retail staff should know the signs of bed bugs to help avoid infestations.
Food & Beverage
A bed bug infestation could occur in your restaurant, café, or bar when the bugs are transported in on clothes, or accessories like luggage, purses, and briefcases. When your customer leaves, the bed bugs stay behind. It’s important to have a protocol in place, and to educate your staff about the biology and habits of this blood sucking pest.
Bed bugs are finding their way into hotels, motels, and B&Bs across the country. They are introduced by lodgers, 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. As travel rates increase, bed bug infestations are being discovered aboard aircraft, trains, subways, and motor coaches, as well as in airports and bus terminals. Early detection is critical in your industry so that the bugs can be stopped before they spread among travelers and hurt your reputation.
Bed bug infestations are increasing in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and even hospital emergency rooms. The pests hitchhike in on patients and visitors. Protect your reputation by having an identification and control plan in place.