Hawaiian hotel is largest structure ever fumigated for bed bugs

by nobugsonme on November 25, 2008 · 3 comments

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs, bed bugs and travel, bed bugs in hotels, vikane

An upscale hotel in Kona, Hawai’i is now the largest structure ever to be fumigated for bed bugs, according to this PCTOnline article.

KONA, HAWAII — Nov. 24, 2008 — Kama’aina Termite & Pest Control recently completed work at the largest structure ever to be fumigated for bed bugs: an upscale hotel in Kona, Hawaii. The 4.5 million-cubic-foot hotel had been plagued by bed bugs for several months with no acceptable control from topical applications.

Kama’aina used Vikane (TM), a.k.a. sulfuryl fluoride, and it took 16 workers and $100,000 in tarps, water snakes and clamps. It was not easy:

This was an extremely challenging fumigation,” Miske says. “The structure was massive, there was a strong wind coming off the coastline and we had to meet an extremely tight deadline. We had to take special safety precautions to keep our employees and the public safe.”

During the fumigation, safety officers were positioned around the structure to ensure worker safety. In addition, any fumigator going more than 10 feet off the ground to lay a tarp was required to wear a safety harness and retractable lanyard.

You can read more in PCT Online and do look at Kama’aina’s photos of enormous tented structures including King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Thanks to Renee for the tip.

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1 parakeets November 25, 2008 at 8:10 pm

What got me was …”The 4.5 million-cubic-foot hotel had been plagued by bed bugs for several months with no acceptable control from topical applications.”

Here is a business, treating bedbugs as a deductible business expense to make sure their hotel doesn’t lose money, and apparently treating the problem in a professional manner with advice from a PCO firm, yet AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS they “had no acceptable control from topical applications”???

These are professionals doing this and they can’t treat with topical applications. No wonder we can’t control bedbugs in our little apartments and our little tight budgets.

2 nobugsonme November 25, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Hi parakeets!

Bed bugs are hard to treat with topical applications. I don’t think any PCO would claim otherwise.

I suspect the problem may also have been treating all infested units– it is possible undetected infestations were blossoming and spreading, while detected ones were being controlled to some degree. This is the message I get from lots of the news stories about large apartment buildings.

I really applaud this hotel for doing this, on such a massive level, after only a few months of spraying. I think that’s quite unusual, sadly.

Of course, we also don’t know how many units were initially infested or for how long before initial treatments started.

3 Doug Summers MS November 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

No mention of the cost for the project.

Chasing down infestations in a multiple occupancy building can be a little like playing “Whack-a-Mole” at Chuck E Cheese. The bed bugs seem to just keep popping up in new units.

I wonder how long they will remain bed bug free?

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