If you run a hotel or vacation rental, the last thing you want is a bed bug infestation. Even a single incident of bed bugs can make your ratings plummet, causing you to lose guests and money. However, with people and their things coming in and out of your property all the time, it can seem impossible to prevent bed bug infestations. That is why you need an immediate and thorough response to protect your guests from bed bugs.
Preventing bed bugs is easier than getting rid of them. Cleanliness is the key to prevention. Make sure you thoroughly clean the bedding and dry it at a high temperature. Remove any unnecessary clutter. Clean mattresses regularly and use protective covers that exclude bed bugs. Use high heat or freezing temperatures to treat items you suspect have been exposed to bed bugs. If you have a commercial property, you may want to routinely freeze items that may warp under high heat to kill any bed bugs or their eggs.
To make sure bed bugs never become a problem on your property, you need to know the warning signs that you may have bed bugs. If you look out for these signs, you may detect bedbugs before they ever become a problem.
- Foul smells
- Dark or rusty-looking spots
- Eggshells or skins
Know Where They Hide
Once you suspect bed bugs, it is essential to identify where they are hiding. If you have them in one spot, you may actually have them in multiple locations. Here are the places we suggest you inspect if you think you have bed bugs:
- In furniture joints
- Between and underneath couch or chair cushions
- In baseboards
- In cracks in the bed frame or headboard
- Near the tags on box springs and mattresses
- In wallpaper seams and under loose wallpaper
- Under wall hangings like pictures or mirrors
If you suspect bed bugs, it is crucial to take immediate action. While you can handle pests with DIY pesticides, bed bugs are notoriously difficult to kill. In addition to pesticides, Flick’s exterminators can use heat to kill bed bugs and their eggs. We also have access to a broader range of treatments, which may be more effective than those you can purchase. Bed bugs have developed resistance to many common insecticides. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, contact us. We can search for them, identify an infestation, and treat the bed bugs. Protect your guests from bed bugs with the help of Flick pest control!
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