When you’re running a hotel or B&B, you’ll have 101 things to do at any given time but it’s essential that you keep on top of your pest control.
With so many online accommodation review sites around, if one guest has a bad experience with bed bugs for example, you reputation could soon take a nosedive.
Keep reading to discover our professional pest control tips for hotels and B&Bs.
Good food hygiene seems like common sense but many hotels and B&Bs run into problems in their kitchens. It’s essential to make sure all staff know exactly what to look out for when it comes to pests and how to avoid attracting them.
Looking for things such as* mouse droppings and signs of any electrical cables being gnawed* can alert you to a pest problem. Obviously other things as food being left out overnight near an external door can attract hungry rodents and cockroaches.
As the old saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”, but if you do get an infestation, make sure your pest control company can advise you on preventative measures too.
Cockroaches are a common kitchen pest and knowing where to look for them is half the battle. Cockroaches are often found behind or under ovens, inside cupboards and near water pipes.
Wherever food is concerned, safety needs to be at the forefront of your mind. DIY pest control is never a good idea unless you know exactly what you’re doing and what chemicals you can use safely. Taking a risk with the reputation of your business isn’t worth taking, pest control is best left to a professional.
On a recent episode of the fly-on-the-wall show “The Hotel” on TV, a pest control technician was called out to deal with what was described as a bedbug problem. A guest found something in their bed and thought it was a bedbug. It later transpired that the bedbug was in fact a solitary spider.
There are a few common signs that bedbugs are around. These include dark blood spots on the sheets and around the bed and a sickly sweet smell. Making sure all your staff are trained to look for signs of bedbugs can help ensure they aren’t discovered by paying guests.
Bedbugs are usually transported into hotels and B&Bs via people’s luggage so you need to be vigilant every time a new guest books into a room and the bed linen is being changed.
Things such as metal bed frames, mattress covers and correct disposal and storage of used bed linen can all reduce the likelihood of a bedbug infestation.
Cockroaches are another pest regularly found in hotel bedrooms, with baths and showers being their preferred habitat.
When it comes to the public areas of your accommodation, fleas and flies are two of the most common pests. If your hotel or B&B is pet-friendly, you need to be extra vigilant when it comes to fleas. Fleas can easily be brought into seating areas via guest’s dogs, spread to other pets and bite people too.
If fleas are evident in a public area, items such as sofas and carpets should be vacuumed thoroughly and cushion covers washed at a temperature of 60 degrees.
Flies can be a real nuisance to guests in both indoor and outdoor areas. Things such as keeping your drains clear and ensuring all rubbish is disposed of properly can reduce the likelihood of an infestation. Fly screens can also be used to stop them coming into the kitchen and potentially contaminating your food.
If you’re looking for a reliable pest control company to look after your hotel or B&B in Scotland or the North of England, contact us now to find out more.