No industry has been more affected than the lodging industry by the
significant comeback of bed bugs in the United States in the last
decade. In fact, a July 2010 survey conducted by the National Pest
Management Association and the University of Kentucky found that 95
percent of U.S. pest management professionals encountered a bed bug
infestation in the past year, and 67 percent treated bed bug
infestations in hotels and motels.
That's why Lodging
is presenting a one-of-a-kind conference that
will assemble the best experts representing government agencies,
national associations, university educators, entomologists, and leading
suppliers specifically to educate hoteliers on ways to detect,
eradicate, and prevent bed bug infestations as well as other pest
control issues plaguing hotel properties. The Bed Bug & Pest Control
Conference presented by Lodging
will be held at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Aug. 22-24. Register here
today. In the meantime, click on the pest control story links below and begin your educational experience now.
Top 10 Bed Bug Myths
Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Pest Management
Association Missy Henriksen uncovers fact from fiction with the NPMA's
top 10 bed bug myths and truths.
Bed bugs can cause havoc in hotels, not just for guests but also a
hotel's bottom line. Michael Potter*, an entomologist at the University
of Kentucky and one of the world's foremost authorities on bed bugs,
says early detection is a hotelier's best defense.
One of the first and best lines of defense in a lodging establishment
is the housekeeping staff. Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for the National Pest Management Association, shares 10 bed bug
facts every hotel housekeeper should know.
Bed Bug Protocol
For commercial lodging facilities, having a written action plan in
place with clearly designated roles and responsibilities for staff
members will make coping with bed bugs a much smoother process.
Know the Risks
Bed bugs are becoming a major cause of litigation against hotel and
hospitality companies. Christian E. Hardigree*, faculty member and
department chair for the Hotel Management Department in the William F.
Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas and licensed attorney in Nevada and Georgia, shares why hoteliers
are at risk and what step they can take to protect themselves.
* Speaker at the Bed Bug & Pest Control Conference presented by Lodgin