It’s true that even upscale hotels suffer from bed bugs.
Back in May, an unidentified hotel in Vancouver disclosed its bed bug protocols to Hotelchatter.com:
1. We’ve trained our housekeeping staff to watch for the tell-tale signs, i.e. blood spots on sheets and other visible signs. Also to watch for and have repaired any maintenance issues (torn wallpaper or other areas where the bugs might hide)
2. We have a cleaner take one room out of order every day and deep clean it. This allows in our case, as we’re a fairly small hotel, to thoroughly clean, maintain and inspect for bugs every room in the hotel at least twice per year.
3. When infestations are found, the room is immediately placed out of order, all portable goods including mattress, bed frame, headboard, duvet, bedside table, drapes – absolutely everything is wrapped in plastic sheets and transported to a walk-in oven (I’m not kidding) that we’ve constructed in our parkade
Now, can anyone tell me which hotel this is? I think we should be singing their names from the rooftops. Perhaps they don’t want to admit they have bed bugs (who can blame them). But I think we all realize now that all hotels have bed bugs: they just don’t all have them in every room. Travelers bring bed bugs in; there’s no shame in that. But having a plan and dealing with them swiftly and surely is what we need.
I wish my neighborhood would build an oven like this where we could all truck in our infested stuff. Oh, and let’s put an oven in that truck for in-between uses, eh?