Eradicating Bed Bugs from your Premises
Bed Bugs within a commercial premises can have a devastating effect on trade.
Imagine how you would react when, upon check out, a customer tells you he/she was bitten during the night!
Maybe a little relieved that you could at least calm the situation with some good old “customer service” because it is the customers who don’t tell you who would announce the details all over Trip Adviser or Facebook etc. Leaving you to face a drop in bookings and pick up the expenses of clearing a room (or more than one) of bed bugs. International travel and commerce are thought to have played a big part in the resurgence of bedbugs as the eggs, young and adults are readily transported in luggage, bedding, clothing and furniture.
Bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and bite exposed skin to feed on blood.
The adults are flat oval in shape about 5-6 mm long, the nymphs go through 5 stages before getting to the adult stage, and maturity. A female will lay between 1 and 12 eggs per day in cracks and crevices. When these eggs hatch is temperature dependent. At normal room temperature (20 degrees C) they will hatch in about 10 days, at 25 degrees this will reduce to 7 days. However below 14 degrees C they will not hatch.
A nymph is able to feed straight away after hatching – once it locates a host. Prior to each development stage and subsequent shedding they require a blood meal. Before a feed they are brownish in colour but take on a darker red/brown colour with the blood, with a feed there bodies also swell in size.
Bed bugs are not dangerous, and do not transmit diseases, however, some people can react to their bites and it can be stressful to experience. In particular during a stay away from home.
Chamber staff should look for signs of infestation in rooms, which include, blood spots on bedding, dark rusty looking spots of excrement on beds and surfaces where they have crawled after feeding. Evidence of hatching and moulting (skin shells and egg cases) in areas where they have/are hiding. The adult emits a strong musty smell, which is more apparent after you have left the room and returned.
Unfortunately not everyone shows signs of being bitten which makes it more unlikely that they will be able to alert you to the possibility of a burgeoning problem. However this information, if dealt with properly makes it more likely that we will be able to resolve your concerns effectively and as quickly as possible.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation you can take advantage of our highly competitive rates and our professional service.
Our treatment can include various methods to ensure a successful result enabling you to bring the room back to occupancy as soon as possible.
If you would rather a proactive approach where activity is identified and controlled at the earliest opportunity then you may wish to consider our bed beg insurance scheme.