5 Things Every Hotel Should be Doing to Prevent Bed Bug Infestations

No matter how clean your hotel is, or how thorough your housekeeping staff is, bed bugs are just part of doing business in the hospitality industry. They are brought in by guests, then attach to the pillows and mattress in the room. Before you know it, they form a nest and multiply quickly, creating an infestation.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to prevent bed bug infestations from taking over your hotel, motel, or inn and some quick actions you can take if you find bed bugs in one of your rooms.

Inspections and Staff Training

Your first defense against a bed bug infestation should always be an inspection. If you’re not actively looking for them, you won’t know you have a problem until it’s too late. Regularly scheduled inspections are key. The best practice is to have housekeepers look every time they clean a room.

Make sure your staff knows just what to look for. Without proper training, these tiny bugs can easily be missed. To help with this, PrevSol Bed Bug Heat Doctor has partnered with the National Organization of Bed Bug Education for Lodging (NOBBEL) to provide expert training and certification for your property and staff. The KNOW Bed Bugs Program can be completed online, making it easy and convenient for hotel staff to become certified.

Protecting Your Mattresses

Mattress encasements are the ultimate defense against bed bugs. Developed to prevent bugs from penetrating your hotel’s mattresses, it acts like a barrier, keeping bed bugs from creating a home on the mattress’s surface. A quality mattress encasement, specifically designed for bed bug prevention, should be on every bed to prevent this invasive species from calling your hotel home.

Simple to use and cost effective, PrevSol Bed Bug Heat Doctor’s encasements should be used in every room of your hotel, replacing your existing mattress and box spring cover. The seamless synthetic material is strategically engineered to stop these tiny bugs from penetrating your mattresses. Best of all, each encasement is waterproof, mold proof, and stain resistant, so they do double duty to keep your mattresses clean.

Pillow Protectors

The soft surface of a pillow acts as the perfect host for bed bug larvae. Due to their sneaky nature, more than likely you, nor your guests, will probably notice them until they hatch. This is a rude awakening for any guest.

Stop this from happening with pillow protectors from PrevSol Bed Bug Heat Doctor. Designed to enclose the pillow with a protective barrier, it’s the ultimate defense against bed bugs and their larvae. Best of all, they are simple to use and don’t require housekeeping to complete any extra steps when cleaning a room. After purchasing, simply slip it on each pillow in your hotel, zip it up, and put a case over the pillow protector.

ZAPPBUG Heating Chambers

Typically, bed bugs start in an isolated area, like a guest’s suitcase, then attach to and spread around the room as they grow in numbers. Stopping this small infestation can mean the difference between hundreds of unhappy guests and hundreds of guests who have no idea there was a bed bug in the hotel.

The most effective way to prevent an isolated bed bug infestation from spreading is with one of our ZAPPBUG heaters. These easy-to-use heaters are the perfect size to accommodate guests’ luggage, so you can kill bed bugs and their larvae before they enter one of your hotel rooms. All you have to do is place the item you want to rid of bed bugs, zip up the heater, then turn it on. The heater will heat up, killing all bed bugs and larvae, then will automatically shut off when it is done.

Keeping a Bed Bug Heater on Hand

A very important step everyone in the hospitality industry should take is always keeping a PrevSol Bed Bug Heat Doctor bed bug heater on hand. Although mattresses, box springs, and pillows are the main areas bed bugs inhabit because they are so close to their feeding ground – your customers – it is not the only place they live. These relentless little bugs will find their way into furniture and even electronics in the room.

Take the necessary actions now to prevent a hotel-wide bed bug outbreak by purchasing a bed bug heater. PrevSol Bed Bug Heat Doctor’s top-of-the-line bed bug heaters work effectively and efficiently to kill bed bugs in a hotel room in six to ten hours. Easily transported from room to room, hotel guests will have no idea what is going on behind the closed door.

Need Expert Help to Exterminate Bed Bugs?

The Bed Bug Doctor at PrevSol is here to guide you through the bed bug extermination and prevention process with our line of safe and easy-to-use bed bug products. Feel free to contact us at any time if you need help determining which product or heater is best for your unique situation. We work with commercial and residential consumers every day, so we know what will work for you!