Bed Bugs Go on Summer Vacation Too
Diligence necessary to stop spread of pests in top bed bug cities
As people travel more during the summer months, facility managers need to be diligent in watching for bed bugs that travelers may have brought with them from other buildings, even other states.
Philadelphia was ranked as the top bed bug city by exterminator company Terminix, followed by New York, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Business Wire reports. Terminix’s rankings are based on where the exterminator performed the most services in the past year. The rest of the cities making up the top 10 include Indianapolis; Cincinnati; Los Angeles; Cleveland; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; and Boston.
Even if your facility doesn’t have any beds, it may not be free of bed bugs. The insects travel in personal belongings such as jackets, purses, and suitcases, and hide in upholstered furniture and behind baseboards. A survey conducted by Terminix revealed that 22% of Americans have had a bed bug encounter, and 48% of survey respondents who travel do not know what precautions to take to avoid bed bugs. Chances are good you may develop a bed bug program in your facility.
Conduct an inspection looking for full-grown bed bugs, which ae about the size, shape, and color of an apple seed. Also look for newly hatched nymphs, which are cream-colored and the size of letters on a penny, as well as small translucent eggs. According to inspection tips from CMM, even if you don’t see insects, reddish-brown dots or dark, rust-colored spots on surfaces can be a sign of bed bugs. Hotel housekeepers should pull off bed sheets to check the seams of the mattress and box springs for signs of bed bugs, as well as underneath the mattress.
Train your staff to follow a pest-sighting protocol that identifies key staff members who should receive pest-sighting reports and lays out a clear communication process for reporting a pest incident.