As a pest management consultant I travel a lot and spend a significant amount of time staying at hotels. Each morning business travelers greet one another in the same way; "Good morning!" However, I doubt my fellow travelers know what I --- a bed bug professional --- am thinking when the words good morning escape my lips to greet them. They have no way of knowing that my thoughts include:
- Did you check for bed bugs in your room?
- Do you know how to protect yourself from bed bugs?
- Are you aware of the magnitude of the bed bug problem?
- Did you get bit last night?
- Did you bring bed bugs to this hotel last night?
- Are you about to carry bed bugs home with you from this trip?
- Are you the type of person who gets bit but doesn't react?
- Do you have a delayed bite reaction that prevents you from realizing that you may be carrying bed bugs before it's too late?
- Are you aware of bed bugs? (Nearly 100 percent say yes.)
- Have you seen bed bugs on the news? (Nearly 100 percent say yes.)
- Are you concerned about bringing bed bugs home with you from business travel? (Nearly 100 percent say yes.)
- Do you know how to inspect your hotel room for the presence of bed bugs and do you know how to protect yourself from bed bugs? (Nearly 100 percent say no.)
Clearly the ostrich defense --- hiding our heads in the sand and hoping the problem goes away --- will be about as effective as the Maginot Line was for France in 1940. If folks don't know what to do about bed bugs they are inadvertently subjecting themselves to the risk of bed bug introduction and infestation. The pest management industry can provide a significant public service by continuing to provide the consumers with clear, concise and viable bed bug awareness information.
Servall Pest Control wants you to be knowledgeable and prepared when it comes to bed bugs. Consider this blog post a wake up call, do you know how to inspect for bed bugs? Do you know how to protect yourself from bed bugs? If the answer is no, visit www.servallpestcontrol.com and give us a call today!