The hospitality industry has been repeatedly criticized over the past few years. Starting from 911 onwards through SARS and bird flu alerts and for the past 5 years, bed bugs. Without trying to defend hotel operators, they should get a break. Most hotel / motel owners try to provide satisfactory services commensurate with the rates they charge. You won't find silk sheets and marble bathrooms for $ 75 a night, but you should expect a clean and comfortable room.
For the sake of argument, let's just admit that most hotel operators check their rooms and address any outbreaks they find. How come there are so many complaints and lawsuits related to these mini vampires?
News reports about bedbug attacks never have a victim once or twice, they are always many. Many bites are caused by many bed bugs. Many bed bugs do not magically appear in the hotel room, but the injury takes time to develop. They are hikers, hiding in suitcases or belongings and moving from one place to another. Remember that we are not talking about one or two mistakes, but rather dozens or hundreds. Therefore, if there is a hotel room with a few errors, it can be moved by the previous guest and it will be almost impossible to prevent it. However, if there is an injury to the hotel, there are many errors, this is the fault of the hotel for inadequate examination and treatment. The only explanation for an infested room would be the hotel was neglected by prevention and treatment.
Now to the essence of the article.
If there is an injury to the hotel, it means:
– Previous guests either did not notice errors or did not feel bites, and this is possible, not all people feel or interact with bites.
– Housekeeping never lost or did not see any signs of a problem.
– Head of housekeeping, who should periodically inspect the function of her staff, and has not examined or seen errors.
– The washing facility did not notice any signs, brown smudges of dried blood, of insects.
– At this hotel there is no pest control company on the payroll, and at least one is doing its job properly.
– This is great, if the staff of this hotel could not, and did not find laundry or did not bother to treat bed bugs, what is on the sheets or in the room that will make you sick?
Currently, there is no evidence that cimex lectularius can transmit any of the 28 pathogens found to be carrying it. I say nowadays because bed bugs are a modern problem. Scientists have just begun to understand their biology. Why can't they transmit diseases, or they can, but we haven't found any evidence yet? But MSRA and E.coli are harmful and have been found in many hotel rooms in many studies. So far, viruses and bacteria do more damage to your health than bed bugs, but insects cause great stress. why? Because we can see bed bugs. If you wake up with red spots all over your body, then you find an insect in bed, close the can. However, if you have diarrhea or flu while traveling, how can you track it back to the sheets, towels or remote TV in your hotel room.
Bed bugs are not the only parasites to be found in the hotel beds. Scabies mite is too small, you can't see it without zooming in. Unlike bed bugs, scabies is a major health problem if you have them.
Unfortunately, the entire epidemic of bed bugs monopolized media coverage and hotel budgets. Every time you read about some retail stores where bed bugs are common, it's probably not true. A few mistakes were found and the place was treated, simple. But bed bugs are a real problem in the hospitality industry. Hotels spend millions on pest control for a problem that can be managed more efficiently through education, careful screening and intensive treatment. But proper inspection means trained staff, which means higher wages, which means lower net profit. It is cheaper to hire a company for spraying and litigation on this basis.
Here's another question to answer. How much pesticide do you experience when staying in a hotel being treated or treated for parasites a few months ago, a New Jersey pest control company was fined for illegally using toxic pesticides not approved for indoor use, indoors. Hotels are legally obliged to notify guests if pesticides are used in the hotel building or in the rooms. An office worker has ever told you that the room you are about to check in has recently been treated with pyrethroids, which are the preferred insecticides for most cases. While we ask, what are the bleaches and detergents used in bedding washing and what are the chemical detergents used in the room and bathroom.
For the average traveler, exposure to any of the hundreds of pesticides or chemical cleaners will be calm or cause small spots, rashes or itching. Passed on as nothing, the traveler goes on their merry way which gives them no second idea. This may affect their health later, or it may be cumulative or have no adverse effects at all. For people with chemical allergies, it's another story. Ever wondered why you have itchy skin after staying in a hotel on a road trip or why, suddenly, you have a runny nose.
Some will say you can crash into the bus in front of your house, so why worry about things you can't control? When I cross the street I look in both directions. When you tuck your kids in a bed in the hotel, you look in both directions. Blind trust or ignorance is not the way to go. I will never think about not traveling, but as I receive travel insurance, I teach myself and take precautions to ensure a healthy and happy journey.
Don't be shy about asking the office clerk about bed bugs or treatments to your room. Check the room and mattresses for past or current signs of injury. Wipe the surfaces and objects you will touch with antibacterial wipes. Use or carry a sleeping bag or travel paper if you need it. There are many articles that you can access to educate yourself on how to inspect and protect against parasites, bacteria and viruses.