How Can Hostels and Hotel Managers Prevent and Wipe Out Bed Bugs?

how hotel managers and travelers can prevent and get rid of bed bugsWhether you are the manager of a hotel or a frequent traveler who likes to check out reviews online before making your reservations for overnight stays at home or abroad, you know the feeling you get when you see a prior guest write one of those super negative reviews in all CAPS saying “BED BUGS, STAY AWAY!!! WOKE UP WITH RED BITES”.

But before you think there’s something majorly wrong with your hotel or home stay, just remember how common bed bug sightings and outbreaks have become all around the world. Recently in the heartland of America at a public library bed bugs were even found hiding out: “Bartlesville library identifies, isolates and exterminates bed bugs after recent outbreak“. But it’s not because bedbugs enjoy catching up on their favorite classic novelists why they might be at a library.

What Bed Bugs Like the Most

Bed bugs, aka cimex lectularius, love warm, carpeted or clothed areas, are usually but not always active at night, and are often found in high traffic areas, which explains why they’d be at a motel, hotel, library, or even lurking on bus seats in Philadelphia like the video below shows:

Imagine the horror of such a bus trip from bed bug hell. But it’s sadly become an unavoidable reality to discover bedbugs at random places in public when you’d least expect (or like). There is some good news though for people who have been bitten or have caught these hitch-hikers catching rides with humans back to their homes to further breed and infest.

Good News about Bed Bugs

While bed bug bites are extremely nerve-wracking and annoying, especially when you realize what the heck is going on, and while they may itch and burn (wait you said there’s good news?)… the good news is that the bites themselves are usually relatively harmless. The burning and itching from bed bug bites are actually allergic reactions from your skin to the bites, so it doesn’t mean your dying.

Next, the bites don’t contain venom so there’s not an immediate threat of death or passing out. However, people who live in retirement homes should be a little concerned if they themselves are anemic or suffer from blood issues, because obviously you need your blood! And anemia patients may suffer hardest.

Finally, there IS something you can do to fight the nasty creepy crawly bed bug invaders, and it doesn’t have to break the bank either so even if you are on a small budget then you don’t have to worry about a bed bug exterminator being the next pest to bleed you dry!

Positive Steps to Effective Bedbug Removal

As was the case in a local report of Gary Elementary School having a longtime standing feud with bed bugs, the first and most important is to identify and isolate the source, if any, of the bed bugs that are frequently showing up everywhere. This is because, just like at the elementary school, you can regularly fumigate and spray for bedbugs with limited effectiveness- especially if the source of the bed bugs keeps coming back, which in this story was one child the school staff positively recognized, even offering to fumigate the child’s home, with little to no response from parents.

If you are fortunate enough to have identified the location of hiding, potential source and extent of a bed bug presence, the next step is removal and prevention. This can be accomplished by cleaning the affected areas like a 5-Star General was going to visit and inspect tomorrow, as well as removing all bedding materials and going to the laundromat to wash and dry on extremely high heat, which usually kills of the parasitic bedbugs cheaply.

Next, to prevent a recurrence from happening, fortunately you DO NOT HAVE TO GET AN EXTERMINATOR. Exterminator costs for bed bugs can get into the hundreds and thousands of dollars quite quickly, so you’ll want to keep the cost of eliminating bed bugs from getting out of control or becoming a slave to the Orkin company.

This can be accomplished by laying down a preventative measure like a bed bug powder derived from completely natural, non-chemical sources. Believe it or not, they do and have existed for 100’s of years! Over regulation and a pre-existing monopoly on pest control in the Western World have effectively prevented new bed bug remedies and solutions from entering the market, even though this one type of bed bug killer is so safe that I would be comfortable eating it. I’m not joking!

I know it sounds unbelievable, but a $20 dollar dare would make me 20 bucks richer right now for any takers. I have eaten natural freshwater silica based bed bug killers before with zero problem! But, you don’t want to breathe the stuff, because that’s where I goofed once demonstrating this product type and felt like I was going to drown.

Not fun.

The Not-So Scary Conclusion on Bed Bugs

As we have learned today, bed bugs are a nasty public menace, but not one that cannot be exterminated without chemicals or costly heat treatments from Terminex. We hope you’ll rely on natural solutions that are safe for yourself, your customers, your family, and the whole world moving forward.

Good night, sleep tight- and we’ll just leave it at that!

Local Governments Attempt to Stop Bedbugs, Here is What They are Saying

bed bugs at the libraryThe issue on bedbugs is escalating in several areas in the country and Rath Building in Buffalo, downtown N.Y. is no exception. The county has been dealing with bedbug issues since last year and that has resulted in the government thinking of new measures to find a solution.

Government buildings see rise in bed bugs

In the coming months, sniffer dogs will be undergoing training to sniff out the irritating pests. Dogs have been used to detect bombs, calm down people, and sniff drugs and hopefully, their use of the insects will be successful too.

Other than that, the building management has set new rules that will see a stop in the spread of the pest. Employees have been limited on the personal stuff they can bring in the building after a worker’s bag was found infested with fleas. In addition, they are bringing home all clothing on daily basis, they cannot keep personal stuff in their lockers, and their lockers must always be clutter free.

Although the county administrators don’t agree there is an infestation, Rath Building reported that it is pretty embarrassing when visitors come and start questioning whether there is an infestation in the offices. In a statement by the County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the county government will continue checking for any signs of infestation in all government building within Erie County and take necessary measures where necessary.

bed bugs in the new Los Angeles library

Elsewhere, in L.A city, the bugs have infested the newest city library, the Buena Vista Branch Library. It turns out that libraries are very common places for bed bugs to hide and make transfers. In a phone interview, the library’s service director, Elizabeth Goldman confirmed that it is true there are bed bugs in the building with the small insects finding refuge in the “Castle,” which is the main reading area and the children’s library. She also confirmed that they have been having the issue since May with the Burbank Public Works Department trying to handle the issue without success.

Although the library management does not know when the bugs’ problem started, she confirmed that they are doing everything to handle it. She has even gone an extra mile to hire bedbug-sniffing dogs to help detect all the affected areas.

Decatur Memorial Hospital is also facing the bed bugs issue and this was revealed after a Facebook post that allegedly showed a bed bug in the waiting area. Commenting on the issue, the management confirmed it closed the waiting room for a cleanup. Officials might benefit from a natural solution to bed bugs that stays good forever unless made wet. They added that the presence of bed bugs in the hospital is possible since the community is dealing with a problem of the same.

bed bugs in hospitals

The Chief Information Officer of the hospital, Linda Fahey, confirmed the hospital caution on any type of pests. She further assured that the hospital was doing everything to protect everyone who walks in from any type of pests. They try to maintain high-level cleanliness and patient’s beddings are always changed between patients and always kept clean.

She went further ahead to assure everyone who visits the hospital that there is no need to worry about catching bedbugs since there is no danger of the pests. As a bonus, the hospital is planning a community education forum on bedbugs that will be held on October 3 at the Decatur Civic Center.