Bed Bug Education for Hotel Management

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In hospitality, the comfort and well-being of your guests is always a top priority. The last thing you need is for a bed bug infestation to ruin their stay and damage your reputation. While it may feel impossible to keep bed bugs out when people are constantly coming and going, there are some precautions businesses such as hotel management can take to minimize risk. Here’s what hotel management needs to know about bed bugs. 

How Common Are Bed Bugs in Hotels?

Bed bugs are notorious for hitchhiking on travelers, which makes hotels a hot spot for infestations. As people come and go, they may bring all sorts of insects, and with a constant flow of hosts, bed bugs can thrive in any type of hotel environment. 

Though many people do not associate bed bug infestations with cleanliness, they can happen in even the best-kempt hotels. Unfortunately, if somebody brings them into your establishment, they can spread like wildfire from room to room. 

How Can You Prevent Bed Bugs as a Hotel Manager?

It’s incredibly difficult to entirely prevent bed bugs as a hotel manager; since there are so many travelers, an infestation can spring up at nearly any time. Being aware of bed bugs and taking quick action is the best way for hotels to protect their guests and their reputations. Here’s what you can do to minimize the risk of a severe infestation:

  • Put insect-proof encasements on mattresses
  • Incorporate inspections into regular cleaning routines
  • Steam clean all upholstered furniture, including headboards
  • Keep guest rooms and common areas free from clutter
  • Monitor feedback from guests to see if anyone reports bed bugs
  • Coordinate with a commercial pest control professional

Signs of Bed Bugs in Hotels

As your staff cleans rooms after each guest, they should also be on the lookout for bed bugs. The faster they can catch an infestation, the more easily you will be able to contain it. Educate your staff on the signs of bed bugs in hotels, which include:

  • Visible Bugs: Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects that can sometimes be seen crawling on mattresses, bedding, or furniture.
  • Dark Spots: Dark spots or stains on bedding, mattresses, or furniture may indicate bed bug fecal matter or blood stains left behind after feeding.
  • Eggshells and Shed Skins: Bed bugs shed their skins as they grow, leaving behind translucent eggshells and molted exoskeletons in areas where they hide.
  • Musty Odor: A sweet, musty odor may be present in rooms with a significant bed bug infestation, particularly in enclosed spaces like closets or behind furniture.

What to Do if Your Hotel Has Bed Bugs

Finding bed bugs in your hotel is an incredibly stressful situation. It’s important to take fast action to prevent the infestation from spreading and potentially harming more guests. In such circumstances, it’s best to turn to professional bed bug exterminators. These experts have the knowledge, experience, and tools necessary to effectively eliminate bed bugs and minimize disruption to hotel operations. 

At Batzner Pest Control, we’re proud to offer a wide range of bed bug removal services for hotel managers in Wisconsin. We offer discreet services that will quickly contain the issue without alarming guests. If your hotel is experiencing an outbreak of bed bugs, contact us today!

Cicada Extravaganza in Wisconsin

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This year, Batzner Pest Control invites you to witness an enthralling natural spectacle captivating the hearts of those in Wisconsin. We are poised on the verge of a rare natural occurrence, where the whispers of history intermingle with the present through the enthralling song of cicadas. This event is not just a display of nature’s beauty but also an excellent opportunity to delve into the rhythms and cycles of the natural world. Join us on this enlightening journey to uncover the enigmatic life cycles of cicadas, their impact on the ecosystem, and how we can live in harmony with these astonishing creatures.

The Rarity Of This Event

The year 2024 is marked by the extraordinary emergence of two cicada broods in Wisconsin, a spectacle last witnessed 221 years ago and not due to recur until 2245. From mid-May to late June, we are given a unique opportunity to witness these large broods emerge in unison.

Cicada Basics

Buried beneath the earth for the majority of their existence, cicadas surface primarily for mating, signaling the ending of their life cycle. With life spans of 13-17 years, their synchronized surfacing orchestrates a summer-long concert of buzzing and ticks. 

Are Cicadas Harmful?

Although cicadas pose no direct threat to humans, their abundant populations can negatively affect young plants and trees that make up their diet. By understanding their ecological role, we can implement strategies to protect our greenery with minimal intervention from pest control services.

Is Cicada Extermination Needed?

While they will emerge in large numbers, there’s no need for cicada extermination. Since they don’t harm humans but may damage plants Batzner recommends using netting on younger trees and plants to protect them against cicadas, note it’s not necessary for larger trees. 

An Unusual Aspect: Cicada Fluid Dynamics

Among the lesser-known characteristics of cicadas is their impressive ability to eject urine with force. Unlike other xylem-feeding insects that consume the fluid from trees and plants and release urine in simple droplets. Cicadas, driven by their large xylem intake, can spray fluid forcefully. This might result in an unexpected sprinkle if you’re underneath a tree canopy during cicada season.

Looking Ahead

The cicada event this year transcends mere curiosity, offering a moment to reflect on the intricate and rhythmic patterns of our planet. It presents an opportunity to learn from a phenomenon that spans centuries, enriching our appreciation of the natural world around us. 

We aim to emphasize the ecological importance of this cicada event, promoting coexistence between humans and insects. Should you need guidance or assistance with the Cicada event or other pest concerns, contact Batzner Pest Control

What Are Some Common Pests Found In Warehouses?

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Warehouses can be an attractive environment for many pests. The large, open layouts of warehouse facilities provide ample hiding spots for pests, such as corners, cracks, crevices, and drains, where they will nest, feed, and reproduce. Additionally, open doors and loading docks create easy entry points for pests, while frequent shipments and deliveries can unknowingly transport new pests into your space, leading to rapid infestations. With their busy schedules, warehouse workers may often overlook early signs of pest infestations, which makes working with a pest control company specializing in commercial pest management crucial.

Common Pests in Warehouses

Some pests can infest a warehouse quickly, which creates many challenges when it comes to pest treatment and management. Whether you’re an owner, manager, or employee of a warehouse, it is important to be aware of common pests that could potentially infest and disrupt your facility. Below are some of the most common pests found in warehouse environments and the problems they can cause:


Cockroaches are known to carry bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. They can also leave fecal matter, leading to odor issues and unsightly stains on surfaces such as walls, floors, and equipment. These widely detested pests can infiltrate warehouses and businesses through shipments and deliveries, thriving on or in materials commonly present in warehouses, like cardboard boxes and wood. Due to their preference for dark and secluded areas, cockroach infestations can often go unnoticed until their population has reached critical levels.


 Birds like to create nests and perches in the high ceilings, rafters, and exposed beams in warehouses. Their chirping and flying through the facility can be distracting and unsettling for your employees, while their droppings pose contamination risks to products and equipment. Bird droppings carry pathogens that can potentially cause a variety of diseases. Unwanted birds can disrupt warehouse operations, impede productivity, and tarnish your business’s reputation. Certain bird species are protected and must be handled by an expert, making it critical to work with a pest control or bird control specialist for proper identification before attempting to get rid of them.


Commensal rodents, such as rats and mice, can infiltrate warehouses through tiny openings as small as a quarter (for rats) or a dime (for mice), depending on the specific species. Like cockroaches, rodents quickly reproduce leading to large infestations rapidly. They will leave behind unhygienic droppings and are known to carry a variety of pathogens, causing various diseases, posing contamination risks to products and equipment, and potentially endangering the health of workers, customers, and visitors. Additionally, rodent gnawing can damage structures, electrical wiring, equipment, and product packaging. Their presence creates an unpleasant work environment, and addressing rodent issues can disrupt warehouse schedules, productivity, and efficiency.


Flies can infiltrate warehouses through openings such as doors, windows, and cracks, causing irritation to employees and visitors with their incessant buzzing and, depending on the species, biting. They can carry pathogens responsible for diseases, contributing to the spread of foodborne illnesses. Controlling fly populations can be challenging, especially since tiny fly larvae thrive in many areas within warehouses, including floor drains, trash bins, and recycling containers. Large flies are commonly found during the warm weather when they are most active and reproducing. In contrast, small flies are nuisances throughout the year, often entering the warehouses on produce or coming from multiple breeding sites throughout the facility, making detection and elimination difficult.


Wildlife pests, including raccoons, squirrels, bats, and other small animals, commonly seek shelter and warmth inside warehouse facilities. They not only disrupt and scare workers and visitors but also leave behind hazardous droppings and can cause extensive damage to structures and property, potentially impacting your business’s reputation.

In addition to the many issues caused by pests, their presence can violate compliance and regulatory standards in some industries. Partnering with a commercial pest control company is important to maintain a hygienic manufacturing facility. Batzner Pest Control offers tailored, efficient pest control solutions for warehouses with minimal disruption to your facility’s operations. We employ proactive prevention measures and monitor pest activity to ensure that pests are gone for good. At Batzner Pest Control, we also provide training for your staff on identifying and addressing potential pest issues to prevent pest problems.

Contact the commercial pest experts at Batzner Pest Control today for a free estimate and to protect your building from these unwanted intruders

Preparing for Stinging Insect Season

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Summer in Wisconsin is the best time to enjoy the sun, fresh air, and time with friends and family! Nothing can ruin your outdoor gathering quicker than a sting from a bee, wasp, or hornet. They will not only leave you with a painful sting but can also send those who are allergic to the hospital. Don’t let these stinging insects keep you from enjoying your yard this summer. Follow these few simple steps to keep your yard stinging insect free!

Identifying Common Stinging Insects


The most common types of wasps you may find in your yard are yellowjackets, mud daubers and paper wasps. These types of wasps usually build their nests in protected areas such as under the eaves of homes. Mud daubers’ nests are unique clusters of 1-inch mud tubes whereas yellow jackets and paper wasps build nests out of a papery substance made from wood fiber.


One type of hornet you may encounter is the bald-faced hornet. They are easily identified by their black and white bodies and are extremely aggressive, stinging anyone who comes near their nests. Another common hornet found in Wisconsin is the European hornet. They are large brown and orange-colored hornets, their nests are commonly found in hollow or protected areas. 


Bees are known for their fuzzy bodies. The two most common types of bees are bumblebees and honey bees. Bees are extremely beneficial to our environment and play a crucial role in pollinating many flowers, fruits, and vegetables. If you find a beehive on your property, it is normally recommended you call a beekeeper or pest control company to relocate the hive instead of destroying it. 

Rid Your Yard of Stinging Insects

After finding stinging insects around your home, many people’s first thought is “How do I get rid of them?” Here are a few easy ways to rid your yard of stinging insects.

  1. Remove abandoned nests in the winter: During the colder months, many stinging insects will leave their nests. This is the perfect time to remove nests to keep them from returning. If you find an active nest, removing them before they become more of a problem is best. For an active or abandoned nest, it is best to leave removal to professionals. Most stinging insects can sting multiple times and possibly send you to the emergency room.
  2. Hang traps: There are several types of stinging insect traps available at most big box stores. Some traps contain a sweet liquid to lure and trap the stinging insects while others emit a specialized frequency. Traps are not effective in eliminating nests, but they will keep the insects away from your patio – on the condition that you hang them away from areas of heavy foot traffic. Place them too close and you’re effectively bringing the wasps directly to you!
  3. Cover garbage cans: Wasps and hornets are known to fly around garbage cans looking for discarded meat or sweet, sugary substances. Make sure all garbage cans have lids that are securely closed to keep these scavengers away from your garbage cans and yard. 

Calling the Professionals

The easiest and safest way to rid your yard of stinging insects is to enlist professional help. Trying to remove a nest by yourself can be dangerous and leave you with painful stings. Professional exterminators not only have the expertise to remove stinging insects but will also have the equipment to ensure it is done safely. At Batzner Pest Control, our skilled technicians will be able to quickly and effectively rid your yard of any stinging insects, keeping you and your family safe. Contact us today for a free quote!


Mosquito Prevention: The Do’s and the Don’ts

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Much like a sunburn, mosquito bites are one of tell-tale indications of the spring and summer. Also like at a sunburn, there are some steps you can take to prevent mosquitoes before they cause a full-blown infestation. 

In Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Michigan, mosquitoes have a natural breeding ground right in your backyard. Though these pests may just seem like a mild annoyance, they can also pose significant health risks. Taking steps to prevent mosquitoes will help to protect you and your family while making outdoor time even more enjoyable. 

Dangers of the Mosquito

Most of us are familiar with the itchy red bumps caused by mosquito bites. But, did you know that these tiny insects are one of the most dangerous on the planet? Mosquito bites can have many serious health consequences, including:

  • Disease Transmission: Mosquitoes are known to transmit several diseases, including malaria, dengue fever, Zika Virus, and West Nile Virus. These diseases can be mild to severe, and in some cases, life-threatening. 
  • Allergic Reactions: Some people develop allergic reactions to mosquito bites which can cause an already annoying bite to carry more dangers. Symptoms can include swelling, redness, and itching. If the allergy is severe enough, anaphylaxis can even occur.
  • Secondary Infection: When you have an itchy bite, the natural reaction is to scratch it. When you scratch a mosquito bite you can break the skin, which increases the risk of developing a secondary bacterial infection.

Mosquito Prevention: The Don’ts

There are countless home remedies that claim to solve all of your mosquito problems, but not all of them are effective. To avoid wasting your time and money on methods that don’t work, steer clear of these unsuccessful techniques:

  1. Bug Zappers: While these ultraviolet lights attract many insects, mosquitoes are not one of them. Mosquitoes are drawn to the carbon dioxide we exhale and body heat, things a bug zapper does not produce.
  2. Citronella Candles: While these candles are helpful to an extent, they are not effective at covering large areas. They lose their potency quickly and need to be replaced frequently.
  3. Essential Oils: While essential oils such as lemon eucalyptus oil have been found to have some repellent properties, they don’t last long enough to be effective. Moreover, concentration of active ingredients vary wildly between different manufacturers. 

Mosquito Prevention: The Do’s

So what can you do to prevent mosquitoes if even the citronella candles don’t work well? Fortunately, you have several good options to choose from Take these steps to stay ahead of the problem and prevent a mosquito infestation:

  1. Remove Standing Water: Since mosquitoes reproduce in the water, one of the best prevention steps is to remove the breeding ground. Drain all standing water from buckets, flower pots, or other containers that may collect rainwater. Also make sure to fix any leaky outdoor faucets, overflowing gutters, or broken pipes.
  2. Use Mosquito Netting: By placing mosquito netting around your doors or outdoor seating area, you’re able to take advantage of the wonderful weather conditions spring and summer bring without worrying about mosquitoes coming in. If you are camping or sleeping in an outdoor area, mosquito netting around your bed helps prevent bites. 
  3. Mosquito Traps: Mosquito traps are very effective at killing a large number of these pests. The traps use a combination of attractants, such as carbon dioxide or heat, and keep the insects inside once they are attracted. 
  4. Keep Grass Short: Mosquitoes like tall grass and overgrown vegetation. Keep your lawn tidy and well-trimmed to discourage them from settling into your property.

Professional Help is Here

Though it’s possible to deter mosquitoes from infesting your yard, these pests are incredibly persistent and may still cause you trouble. If you find your home invaded with these buzzing pests, call Batzner Pest Control. With over 75 years of experience, our professionals know the best ways to exterminate mosquitoes and provide prevention tips to avoid further infestations. Call today for a free quote!