This is part two in a series on springtime pest control. Click here for part one: "Tips for spring pest management."
Here are some tips for hotels to apply when looking out for springtime pests:
1. Early intervention is key for cockroaches. Investigate food deliveries for hitchhikers, and when using residual products to treat an infestation, don’t use low- levels of strength as because it may cause survivors to become resistant. Saving money may cause big problems down the line!
2. Check your property’s gutters and shingles for residual water left over from ice buildup during the winter. This is attractive for termites.
3. Standing water as much little as half an inch deep can lead to mosquitoes. Clean puddles, bird baths, downspouts, and water features should all be looked after. Thinning shrubbery can also reduce their population as because they have weak wings and dislike increased airflow.
4. Practice cleanliness in food-and-beverage areas as strictly as possible. Ants can recruit their fellows quickly and are undesirable for guests to look at, but are explicitly attracted to discarded food and areas with mulch.
5. Guests can sometimes attract pests by feeding birds or spilling soft drinks that attract stinging bees. Increased activity in pools and cafes comes with increased vigilance in deterring pest access to these areas. Staff should also be sure to clean between seat cushions in outdoor areas and other places hidden from view.
6. Train staff to identify problem pests on their own, and know what to look for. Knowing the simple difference between ants, ticks, fleas and bed bugs could save your hotel from shutting a room down for several nights.