Posted on: October 4 2010 | Posted in: Key IssuesDear Members,
Lest there be any doubt, the BED BUG issue which is garnering local, national and international media attention is real. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has now confirmed reports of bed bugs in Louisiana hotels.
This issue is being addressed at the national (AHLA), state (LHLA) and local (GNOHLA) levels. If you haven’t already done so you should have a plan of action for your property as well.
The best prevention is daily inspections. Employees should inspect rooms for bed bug activity every day by inspecting:
- guest room linens
- mattress and box spring seams
- picture frames
Staff should be looking not only for live insects, but also cast skins or speckles of dried blood or excrement.
AHLA’s Educational Institute has a very effective 12-minute training video (dvd) entitled BED BUGS: Facts and Prevention. You may want to secure this video for your property for training purposes. The training video can be obtained at www.ahlei.org.
Some important facts regarding this issue are:
- Bed bugs are carried into a hotel in luggage and deliveries.
- Bed bugs do not transmit disease.
- Bed bugs appear in the finest hotels in the world. This is not a sanitation or lack of cleanliness issue.
- Early detection is extremely important.
- The only way to eradicate bed bugs is with a professional exterminator and approved treatment methods. We suggest you ascertain that the professional exterminator is licensed by the state to perform these services.
- Monitor www.bedbugregistry.com .
The Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association and the Louisiana Hotel and Lodging Association are meeting regularly with the Department of Health and Hospitals to develop a more comprehensive plan of action for hotels, which is forthcoming. We also currently have one copy of the AHLA training video should you wish to preview it. In the meantime should you have any questions or concerns feel free to call the GNOHLA office at 525 2264.