BED BUGS
– A GROWING PROBLEM IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

During the last decade, the number of bed bug infestations has exploded in the hospitality industry much due to the increase in more frequent travelling and to further-away destinations. Lack of knowledge and protocols on how to act in the event of an infestation are contributing factors to the growing problem. Also, bed bugs themselves are developing resistance to insecticides making it harder to eliminate them. As bed bugs are often spread by accompanying humans, from one sleeping place to another, the hospitality industry is greatly affected. That's why we collaborate with hotels, cruise liners, student accommodation, retirement homes, hostels, holiday accommodation, Airbnb homes and hospitals. They all have to battle the same problem, and we can offer several solutions.

Bed bugs spread by cleaning routines

In 9 out of 10 cases, bed bugs are found around the bed as they want to be close to their host. That’s why used bedding can carry bed bugs that risk being spread by hotel cleaning routines. Eggs, nymphs and adult bed bugs can also be carried in the brushes of vacuum cleaner nozzles, from one room to another, from one floor to another. Vacuum cleaners that are used on different floors and laundry bags filled with dirty bedding, lying on the floor in hotel corridors, are all warning signs. Bed bugs can also spread to nearby rooms on their own.

 

The cost of a bed bug infestation

Treating a hotel room for bed bugs can be a costly situation. Not just considering the actual pest control cost, but the lost revenue when moving a guest to another room and closing off the room for the time of the treatment. Often the adjoining hotel rooms on the sides, above and below, also need to be closed off and treated.

According to a study ordered by the U.S. Department of Health (NIH), a bed bug infestation costs just over 6,000 USD. This sum included the cost of the treatment, furniture replacement and lost revenue for the room. In addition to these costs, hotels also run the risk of their hotel guests giving them negative reviews on for example TripAdvisor. The study estimates that revenue per hotel room decreases by 38 USD for each negative review published. Of all the hotels surveyed, as many as half had to pay damages to affected hotel guests, at an average cost of 20,000 USD.
( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6462087/)

 

Prevent infestations with bed bug tape and traps

Implementing special cleaning routines and having protocols in place for how to act when discovering a bed bug can help in tackling the problem before it becomes an epidemic infestation. Nattaro Safe® bed bug tape placed on hotel beds, behind headboards and along skirting boards is a preventive measure that also functions as an ongoing, long-lasting bed bug treatment.

It can sometimes be hard to see if you are dealing with a bed bug problem. Residues and droppings of bed bugs can easily be mistaken for dirt. Are the bites on the skin really from bed bugs or something else? That's when a detection trap comes in handy. The housekeeping department in a residence could be prepared with Nattaro Scout® detection traps. These are easy to place in a suspected hotel room, or before someone moves into student accommodation or a retirement home. The trap becomes proof of whether there is a problem or not.

Training and consultancy

If you would like your staff to learn more about bed bugs and how to prevent them, we offer a training suitable for anyone who encounters bed bug issues in their daily work. The training course can be customised and includes the biology of bed bugs and chemical ecology. We offer all our participants a full-day training at Medicon Village in Lund as we alternate theory with practice and study visits in our bed bug lab. Nattaro Labs employees can also be employed on a consultancy basis if your organisation needs to develop a pest control routine, undertake a risk assessment or action plan for the management of a bed bug outbreak.

Subscribe to a safe and effective solution

Two bed bug treatments are phosphine gas or heat – both effective methods, but they have no lifespan as they offer no protection against future infestations. For protection 24/7 that lasts up to 2 years, we offer Nattaro Safe® bed bug tape that is both easy and cost-efficient in the long run. It disrupts the lifecycle of bed bugs, killing them within a short time, and so it minimises the risk of any additional bed bug treatment once the tape is installed.

For a normal single bed you need approx. 6 metres of bed bug tape. That gives a cost of approx. 0.05 USD/bed/day for 2 years. The cost of installing Nattaro Safe® bed bug tape on your hotel beds can be weighed against the cost of a possible emergency treatment that offers no preventive effect, night staff on call, litigations and bad reviews on TripAdvisor.

We have made it easy for you to take the step and install Nattaro Safe® bed bug tape in your hotel rooms for long-term protection. We provide different purchase models depending on your needs, either as a direct buy or through a subscription. By offering a 2-year subscription, the cost for your entire Nattaro Safe® bed bug tape requirement is divided up into a monthly fee. This is better for cash flow and provides your rooms with protection and ongoing treatment around the clock. Both you and your guests can go to bed with peace of mind.