These factors make hotels, motels, apartments, homes, office buildings, and retail stores prime targets for a bedbug infestation.
Because they are transferred through items, bedbugs are generally not a sign of dirtiness. A perfectly bedbug-free hotel could have a guest bring them in on his or her luggage and cause an infestation. Bedbugs are not known to spread disease either. When they bite, they leave the victim with a small red dot that usually becomes itchy. While some people may develop a serious allergic reaction, most people just experience irritation around the bite.
Unfortunately, most people see bedbugs as a big problem. A 2015 University of Kentucky survey asked over 2,100 people how they would respond to various issues with their hotel room, such as signs of smoking or a dirty shower. Of the surveyed problems, respondents claimed that a bedbug sighting was the most concerning, with 60 percent saying they would leave the hotel if they spotted a bedbug in the room. The next closest concern was foreign material (such as blood) in the room at 23 percent. This means that a single bedbug infestation can lead to severe consequences, such as lost time, extra costs, and a harmed reputation.
So what can you do to prevent a bedbug infestation? Having a prevention plan in place and early detection are both important. Regular inspections can catch a small infestation before it grows into a larger one. Here are a few suggestions for what to incorporate in your prevention and detection plan:
In the unfortunate event you encounter an infestation, a response plan addressing the situation quickly and thoroughly can help preserve your resources:
Bedbugs can be a big problem, but with preventative maintenance, early detection, and response plans in place, you can buffer the adverse effects of an infestation.