Running a business in the hospitality industry is a tough task, and when pests are added to the equation, it can get even more challenging and costly. Like it or not, pests are a common problem among many hotels in the Philippines, and the problem is only getting worse with the proliferation of bed bugs in many parts of the country.
In a 2015 survey of pest control companies in the United States, conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the Boston University, hotels ranked third as the most common location for a bed bug infestation.
Apart from causing both minor and major deterioration to a property, the mere presence of pests can deliver a devastating blow to a hotel’s reputation. It is imperative that hotels take the necessary steps to prevent these pests before they become a problem. Below are the most common hotel pests and actionable tips to prevent infestations for each.
Common Pests found in Hotels
Mice, rats, cockroaches, flies, and bed bugs are among the most common hotel pests. Accessibility to food, frequent turnover of travelers, and inadequate preventative measures create an environment where hotels are at an increased risk of attracting infestations.
Rats and mice are not just household pests. They also like to check into hotels and lurk in the shadows and corners of the establishment, particularly in places with easy access to food stores. Rodents are capable of significant property damage as they gnaw through electrical equipment and fixtures or damage walls.
The most important tip for rodents (or any other pest, for that matter) is to train cleaning staff on how to spot the early signs of an infestation. A hotel’s cleaning crew spends the most time in each room. Once they spot something suspicious, there must be a predefined system in place from which management can be quickly informed and take appropriate action.
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