Old Fashioned bed bug control
Cliff Eccles from Heat and Go, reviews what hoteliers can do to combat the resurgence in bed bugs in hotels.
In the old days when you came home your mum or grandma would check you over, check your hair, clothes and strip you off and tell you to get in the bath. Your clothes would be washed in boiling hot water and we also had DDT to treat any bed bugs. DDT was a hazardous product and thankfully for our health is no longer used, however with the recent resurgence in bed bugs, what can be done?
We can start being extra vigilant ourselves, by knowing where to check and what to look for we can detect them before they get established and spread throughout the hotel.
There are a number of simple devices available to assist detection.
Bed moats are placed beneath the feet of the bed and when bed bugs crawl to get their feed they can’t get out from the ultra-smooth surfaces.
Active traps use a heat pad to mimic body heat to attract the bed bugs to a sticky end. There are two systems which we have tested and recommend. The Bed Bug Alert uses a replaceable heat pad which lasts 24 hours.
Mattress Protectors such as the ‘Protectabed bug lock system’ will save your mattress and avoid the need to get a new mattress.
You can simply use some double sided sticky tape and use the best attractant available, yourself.