The majority of hotels – eight out of ten – have had to face severe bed bug issues in the past year, ponying up substantial amounts to mediate the problem or stop it before it starts, showing that bed bugs are an ever present problem in American hotels.
Pest control company Orkin recently partnered with the Bantam Group to release a study exploring bed bug incidents in American hotels over the last year. The results were staggering – 8 of 10 hotels have had issues with the bugs, with 40 percent needing to have some sort of treatment done to the property. It’s not cheap, either. The average cost of bed bug remediation, according to the study, is about $6,383 per occurrence.
The costs only rise from there, with potential lawsuits hitting up to $17,000. The study also showed that every five years, properties with bed bug problems have had to tackle the issue just over seven times.
“Bed bugs have long been a business concern for hotels, but this research helps hospitality professionals quantify the costs associated with bed bugs and benchmark what they’re spending on remediation versus their peers,” Dr. Mark Beavers, an Orkin entomologist and managing director of technical services, said in a release. “It’s important for hoteliers to understand that bed bug introductions are not a rare occurrence nor are they caused by poor housekeeping or cleanliness practices. Unfortunately, the introduction of bed bugs is beyond a hotelier’s control because they often are brought in by hotel guests, no matter the hotel’s level of luxury. As we continue to find ways to combat bed bugs, hoteliers need to learn their risks, how to spot them and how to proactively fight against infestations.”