Whether you have a simple B&B in a small coastal town or an enormous chain hotel in the capital, pests are a menace that can be really bad for business. Given the open door policy for such establishments, it can be hard to practice good pest prevention and control, but a qualified professional can help.
If you own a hotel or B&B and are struggling with pests in London, we recommend contacting Pest Control London by calling 0800 772 3262. Their team will work to find the best solution for you, whether at home or a place of work. Plenty of websites offer DIY options, but when it comes to your livelihood, isn’t it better to be safe than sorry? Pest Control London offer solutions for cockroach, bedbug, rat and mice infestations. Click here for commercial pest control.
Public Access Areas
This includes anything from a hallway to a lobby, lounging area to the restaurant. Any area of the building that is communal is at high risk of pest infestation. Chiefly, you’ll find various species of flies in these areas which can deter a guest from returning if they land on their food or in their drink.
Disposing of rubbish as quickly as possible can minimise the attraction of flies and fitting electric fly killers and/or putting up fly mesh screens over windows can reduce their ability to enter these communal areas.
Placing plants such as basil, bay or lavender around the rooms will also help cut down on flies as they cannot tolerate the smell, with the added bonus of improving the odour and atmosphere of your establishment. Click here to see the best plants for keeping away pests.
The bedroom is one of the last places you want to find pests. If you do find pests in the bedrooms, you are most likely going to be up against two different species. First is the humble cockroach, sewer-dwelling pests that like to climb out of the sink, bath or shower. They are attracted by the noise, lights and promise of food.
Keeping these pests out is easy, just install mesh grating on drain systems that they simply cannot pass through. However, if you employ this system, you must ensure you clean the mesh regularly with chemical solvents, as hair and other unwanted residues will clog the system and that creates an entirely different problem.
The other pest you should be concerned about is the bedbug. Bedbugs are nasty, tiny, little animals that can infest a bed very quickly. Once grown, they can become aggressive by nipping and biting those sleeping in the bed, causing marks and rashes. Find out more.
There’s a reason for the saying, don’t let the bedbugs bite. The problem with bedbugs, however, is that they are brought in through guests clothing and luggage, so every new visitor is a potential carrier. Therefore, it is important to train staff to check the mattresses and bedding regularly for bedbugs. Click here.
Stop them early and you can save yourself a lot of trouble and money.
While having pests pop up in your lobby or guest bedrooms might be bad for business, in terms of health and safety the kitchen is the danger zone.
Food is the primary reason pests enter buildings, that and warmth to breed. Once you get pests in your kitchen, we would highly recommend contacting a professional, as this is not something to be taken lightly. Food contamination can have disastrous consequences. Trading Standards Institute.
However, we can offer you a few tips on preventing a problem. First and foremost, keeping your kitchen area clean and tidy at all times is a must. Pests are attracted to dirty areas thanks to the smells they produce and floors and counters that are not heavily sanitised.
Next, make sure any rubbish smells are as far away from the entrance to the kitchen as possible. Putting the bins right by the door might make it easier to put the rubbish out, but if a mouse is attracted to the bin, having it next to the door is invitation enough for these furry critters. Another key step to prevention is spotting the early signs that pests are in the building or nearby. Make sure you and your staff are trained in spotting these warning signs, such as chewed wiring, nesting or droppings.