Hotels are spending a lot of money in the fight against bed bugs

Beg bugs are a pain for travellers, but they are just as annoying for the hotels.


As bed bug infestations continue to rise across the country, traveller concerns about the stay at an affected property is also growing.

No doubt, spending the night in an infested bed can lead to a number of nasty after-effects. Question to the Brazilian model Sabrina Jales St. Pierre, who complains the Embassy Suites Palm Desert, near Palm Springs, California, would be “butchered” by bed bugs during her stay of two years ago.

Sabrina Jales St. Pierre is suing the Palm Desert Embassy Suites after she was allegedly “massacred” by bed bugs during a stay in 2016.

(Outside Right/Sabrina Jales St. Pierre)

While some travelers may be concerned about sustainable a similar experience, in fact, it is the hoteliers who are losing sleep over the nasty parasites.

According to the study, “Behind the Cost of Bed Bugs: Hospitality industry Report,” published last year by the pest specialists, Orkin Pest control, hotels spend an average of $6,383 per bed bug incident. The number, which consists of the replacement of soft goods, treatment, and missed opportunities, means that each and every bed bug outbreak is approximately equal to 50 lost room nights (for use of the national ADR).

Factor in the costs of the proceedings, and hoteliers are looking for more than $23,000. Per-incident basis.

Since each hotel offers an average of 7.1 bedbug cases over a period of five years, according to the study, the cost of hoteliers could catapult to more than $160,000.

Each bed bug incident can cost upwards of $6000 for the hoteliers, according to a study.


Litigation is a serious problem for hoteliers. According to the study, at least 45 percent of the hotels have to contend with any kind of legal action about bed bugs, with one in five properties experienced a procedure in the past year.

The top concern, however, is a fear of negative word of mouth and their reputation. That fear is valid, according to a separate 2015 study from the University of Kentucky.

The University of Kentucky research found that the mention of bed bugs in the recent reviews can lower the average per-night value of a hotel room with $38 for business travelers and $23 for vacationers.

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While it might be easy to imagine dirty, seedy motels as the most likely candidate for an outbreak, that is simply not the case. All a bed bug really needs to flourish, is a source of food — human blood — and they can be almost everywhere.

“Anywhere where people spend a lot of time is a potential for bed bugs to be,” entomologist, Chelle Hartzer, BCE, Manager of Technical Services for Orkin told “Places such as hospitals, daycare centers, even office buildings are possible places that a bed bug cannot be found.”

At the end of last year, even the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport suffered an outbreak.

The increase of the number of bed bug infestations can also appear to suggest that the hoteliers are negligent in their maintenance efforts, but that is also not true. According to the Orkin study, 98 percent of the hotels have at least a current bed bug prevention program.

Additional research shows that 82 percent of the hotels in the United States have treated for bed bugs in the past year. Forty percent of all hotels have undergone treatment in the past month.

Hotels have a bed bug prevention programs in place, but they are always looking for new solutions.


As the hospitality industry continues to search for ways to provide their guests with some peace of mind, the exploding pest control industry — which is expected to reach $10 billion in revenue by 2020, is also looking for new solutions.

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