My Guest Brought Bed Bugs
In the Era of Side Hustles and On-The-Go Guest, Don’t Get Hustled by the Unwanted Guest, The “Bed Bug”
“Side hustles” (typically income-generating work from an online service app) have become more common in our day-to-day lives, as some of us have made additional income from them or have received a service or good from someone’s side hustle. Some of the common side hustle platforms are Uber, Lyft, Fivver, Etsy, and AirBnB.
Though these are great sources of income, it is AirBnB (and similar service platforms, including traditional hotels, motels, and inns) that require more maintenance, time, and financial care to provide your guest with a welcoming experience at your home. Unbeknownst to your guest, the parasitic bed bug may have hitched along for the ride.
What Should I Do to Prevent Bed Bugs From Arriving in My Home?
Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, and their nymphs and eggs are even smaller (female bed bugs lay about 5 eggs daily). They can live for 6-12 months and can survive for long periods of times without feeding, and they mostly feed and appear at night. This makes the bed bug hard to find and spot in the first place. It doesn’t help that once they settle in a new environment, they can hide in furniture, outlet covers, drywall openings and any crack that a credit card can fit through.
Once you spot them, finding out where they came from can be challenging as bed bugs hitchhike on travelers by clinging on to luggage, purses, briefcases, backpacks, pillows, shoes, and other objects that don’t have a smooth surface to them. They then travel anywhere from hotel bedrooms, public and private transportation seating, luggage storing compartments in airports, and other places where textiles in transportation interact.
Because of this, there is little you can do to prevent bed bugs from thriving in other places, but you may be able to prevent them from spreading in your home or hotel if they were to arrive. Guest naturally don’t want to sleep in a bed that has bed bugs, though they may have unknowingly brought them with. The following may help in the prevention of an infestation:
Using metal luggage racks for luggage storage (bed bugs have a hard time climbing on smooth metal objects)
If you are providing a washer and dryer, consider providing a closed hamper with a lid in order to contain any clothes that may be contaminated
Protecting your mattress and box spring with a bite proof, zippered, polyurethane-lined cover to eliminate a bed bug environment
Doing a light dusting of Diatomaceous Earth in crevices, hard to reach spots, and areas in near contact with the bed or luggage/clothes areas. This desiccant powder penetrates their bodies and dries them out
What Should I do if I Find Bed Bugs?
The guidelines that AirBnB, hotels, and similar services have for both guest and host may differ on who is liable for any bed bug claims or who is at fault. Regardless of how they arrived there, it is absolutely important to quickly eradicate them before they infest and spread to other parts of your home or other units in your hotel.
Home remedies and over the counter products may be financially more appealing, but may not be as effective. This, in turn, gives the bedbugs more time to reproduce and spread throughout your home, other vicinities, surrounding homes, luggage, and other locations. This isn’t including your cancelations of any future reservations and bookings or the negative reviews from bitten customers. All these opportunity losses add to your total overhead.
Luckily, the Wisconsin area bed bug control experts at Ehlers Pest Management have extensive experience eliminating severe infestations in both single family homes and multi-unit residential housing structures. Most often, elimination is achievable through a combination of methods including manual removal, heat, and pesticide product applications.
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