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Encasements and their Role in Integrated Pest Management – A Legal Perspective

Product manufacturers and Pest Management Professionals [PMP] typically advance the narrative that mattress encasements serve a role in bed bug prevention.  While encasements serve as a tool in the PMP’s tool box for assisting in the prevention of progression of bed bugs by limiting their ingress and egress from the bedding covered, the primary function…

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Proving Hotel Due Diligence

Proving that a hotel has exercised due diligence is all about documentation.  For a documentation system to be successful it must be both comprehensive but also easy to use and not time-consuming.  If a documentation system requires excessive time and effort, hotel staff will likely omit entries or simply not use it at all. The…

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Bed Bugs & Spring Break: A Hotel Preparation Checklist

Hotelier’s across the country are preparing for one of the busiest travel seasons. Spring break is certainly one of the most anticipated times of the year for hotels. Peak seasons bring with it the satisfaction of high rentals and, in turn, high revenues but also the stress of ensuring that the hotel staff is able…

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Bed Bugs & The Problem with Optimism

Optimism may be defined as a mental attitude, a hopefulness and even a confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. While it is a wonderful character trait, an overly optimistic attitude can prevent you from planning for the unexpected. For hoteliers, a bed bug infestation is something you may wish to consider…

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Choosing the Best Mattress Protection for your Hotel

Bed bug incidents in hotel rooms are becoming increasingly more common. Hotel guests, news reporters and social media boards are all taking notice. A recent article in Conde Naste Traveler warns that Bed Bugs in Hotel Rooms Are on the Rise. As a hotelier what can you do to protect not only your mattress but…

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Educating Your Hotel Staff on the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs have been a pest of significance for literally thousands of years. Within the last ten years, however, they have become a major challenge for hoteliers across the country. This nocturnal parasite feeds on the blood of humans, causing itchy bites and irritation to their victims. Further, this insidious pest has the ability to…

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Know Thy Enemy: Bed Bug Facts Every Hotelier Needs to Know

Bed bugs are becoming the bane of hotels across the country. An infestation can permanently scar a hotel brand when an outraged guest has his or her vacation destroyed by a bed bug encounter and then takes to social media or even the news with their story. Furthermore, potential guests are assessing whether a hotel…

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11 Easy (But Essential) Steps to Inspect a Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs certainly do not discriminate. According to a recent study, a five-star luxury resort can be stricken with a bed bug infestation as easily as a roadside stop. It is wise to include weekly bed bug inspections on the ‘to do’ list of your housekeeping staff to uncover a problem before your guests are…

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The Importance of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liner Replacement in Hotels

Jim Ballard 31 May 2016 Two years ago, you made the pro-active decision to put ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners to work in your hotel. These active liners work to protect your guests AND beds from a bed bug infestation. You have adopted a pro-active cutting edge technology to prevent bed bugs from impacting your bottom line…

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