Bed bugs are the bane of the hotel industry’s existence. A bed bug problem in your hotel or bed and breakfast can lead to poor reviews, lost business, and even temporary closure. What’s worse, bed bugs have improved chances of spreading around in the conditions that hotels provide them. It’s the perfect storm that creates a nightmare for many hotel owners every year. If you’re looking to learn the best ways to get rid of bed bugs in your hotel in Wisconsin, read on for advice from the Batzner bed bug removal team!
Why Do Bed Bugs Love Hotels?
Hotels are the perfect place for bed bug populations to grow and spread for a few different reasons:
- Hotels are usually packed with people. More people means more potential hosts to feed on.
- People come in and out of hotels frequently. Bed bugs have the opportunity to sneak into peoples’ luggage when they feel overcrowded, effectively giving them free transportation to a new home to spread and thrive in.
- There are lots of places to hide in hotels. Despite what some believe, bed bugs hang out in many places other than your mattress. You might find them in upholstered furniture, carpeting, baseboards, or even light switches and electrical outlets.
5 Places to Look for Bed Bugs in Hotels
To inspect a hotel room for bed bugs, there are 5 main places to look. Here is how we recommend you go about checking:
- Mattress, box spring, and bed frame: Inspect the entire bed, paying special attention to connection points like the joints of the frame, zippers and seams in the mattress, and along the rails or slats of the frame.
- Furniture: The same protocol goes for furniture. Seams and joints in furniture often provide bed bugs with access to secluded hiding spots.
- Wardrobes, dressers, and baseboards: Check for bed bugs where dressers meet the wall and where the walls of your closet meet the floor. Bed bugs might also be living in the carpet pile.
- Nightstands and wall fixtures: Anywhere that the wall meets furniture or a fixture is a great place for bed bugs to hide. You might even find them in shelf joints or behind paintings.
- Closet items: Any luggage left in the closet or the luggage stands themselves could be infested with bed bugs.
Professional Hotel Bed Bug Inspections with Batzner
To ensure that your guests are living in a safe, clean, bed bug-free environment, you’ll want to invest in regular bed bug inspections from your local pest control company. At Batzner, we have decades of experience conducting hotel pest control in Wisconsin. We can apply targeted spot treatments or all-encompassing heat treatments depending on your needs. Contact us today for a free quote from our bed bug control team!