Each year the travel industry is hit hard with individuals, couples and families on their way to visit relatives for the holidays or simply to escape to warmer locales. Hotels, airports, public transportation and many other businesses in the travel and hospitality industry are going to see a major increase in business which is great, as long as there are preparations to for common threats such as bed bug infestations. While it may not be at the top of every business owner’s mind, bed bugs continue to be a major threat to the image and reputation of businesses that become infested.
As the number of travelers increase, so do the number of bed bugs. It is just a matter of time before these sneaky pests embed themselves into clothing, luggage, planes, trains and hotels. But the good news is that your business does not have to suffer the negative effects of an infestation such as remediation costs, litigation matters, and damage to your hard earned reputation.
The best way to prepare your business for the increase in holiday travelers is to be prepared with a bed bug response plan. This acts as an outline so that each staff member including the upper management is prepared to identify bed bugs and understands what to do in the event that an infestation is found. Some of the common components of a bed bug response plan are as follows:
All staff members should be trained to properly identify the signs of bed bugs and who to report any sightings to.
Staff members should sign a confidentiality notice to protect your business in the event of a bed bug infestation.
Your business should maintain proactive professional pest control services including proactive K9 bed bug inspections.
Your business should have connections to an attorney who has previously dealt with bed bug litigation matters in case of any lawsuits against your business because of a bed bug infestation.
With a bed bug response plan in place, your St. Louis business will be better protected from bed bugs who may be trying to intrude this holiday season. If you do not yet have a bed bug response plan and you are in need of more information on bed bugs including bed bug heat treatments in St. Louis, Columbia and Mid-Missouri, please contact our team at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions.