How Bed Bug Reports Can Cripple a Baltimore Hotel’s Business

Since the late 1990’s, the bed bug population have made a resurgence in the United States and other large nations of the world. The rapid spread of these insects is due to their ability to travel with people while avoiding detection in many cases.

A main factor in the spread of bed bugs is a lack of awareness by the public, although this has increased with high profile infestations in places like New York. Because these bugs can hide on a person or in their luggage so well, they go unnoticed a majority of the time.

Many of the first cases that were discovered were in hotel rooms and thought to be a result of travelers unknowingly bringing these pests into the rooms.

Bad Reviews

Once discovered, patrons will no doubt leave with a bad opinion of the place and their cleanliness practices. Bed bugs have a bite that most people may not even feel, after which they return to their home and hide until the next time it is necessary for them to feed. Hotel patrons who wake up with bug bites on their bodies will no doubt have an unfavorable opinion of the hotel.

If you feel like you are a victim of bed bug bites in a hotel, here are some steps to take to receive compensation for your injuries.

bed bug hotel room

Lost Business

The monetary damage from losing repeat business or having to refund a room can be extremely detrimental to a hotel in Baltimore trying to make it through a tough economy or a slow season. The added economic impact of replacing furniture, litigation costs, and other unforeseen costs could be a hotel’s undoing.

What Owners Can Do

The best strategy for hotel owners is to have their hotels checked regularly and act swiftly when attempting to eradicate these pests, should any bed bugs be found. Hotel owners should be sure to have regular checkups from a pest control professional in order to make sure this is not an issue.

It has been said that the best offense is a good defense and this is true in sports and fighting bugs. Making sure there are not bugs and having a plan in place to prevent them could end up saving a hotel in the end.

How to Ensure a Clean Hotel Room

Staying at a hotel for some can seem like a dream come true. It can be the perfect place to relax and unwind. Unfortunately many hotel rooms aren’t properly cleaned and sanitized. It has been proven over and over again. Price has nothing to do with the cleanliness of the hotel room. I have seen in the news how hidden cameras were placed in many well-known hotels rooms around the world and even live interviews were given to some of the hotel staff.

hotel room with bed bugs

Unsanitary Baltimore Hotels

It has been proven how unsanitary some hotels actually are. Some housekeeping staff were caught on film either rinsing the drinking glasses (in preparation for a new guest) with water only, or washing them with industrial cleaner labeled “Do Not Drink.” How dangerous is that?

An uncleaned hotel room can definitely affect your health. Doing your homework before booking a room is just one great way to ensure a clean room. Read online reviews on a couple of Hotels you are interested in. Make sure the reviews are recent. Ask which type of bedding is used. Many hotels do not wash the bedding after each unique guest.

Steps to Take

Calling in and making sure the room is safe is good but not great. There are a few other steps that you can take to prevent catching unwanted germs and bacteria. Hotel staff are expected to finish a room in 30 minutes or less. No room can be properly cleaned in less than 30 minutes unless you have super powers. Your best bet is to bring your own sheets and antibacterial sanitizer.

Wipe down anything you come in contact with. This includes toilet seats, television remote controls, sinks, and more.

Dishes

Pre-wash dishes and glasses in hot water for a couple of minutes to effectively kill of any bacteria or germs. Remove hotel sheets and inspect for bed bugs. If there is no sign of bed bugs than place sheets you have brought with you. If you are not comfortable sleeping in sheets, than I would recommend bringing a duvet cover and covering the comforter that the room provided.

Be safe and wear shoes or bring some flip-flops. Last but definitely not least, wash you hands frequently. Clean hands is a great way to prevent anyone from catching any germs or bacteria we may come in contact with.

1 Comment

  1. Peter

    Great advice. I think I could have a case against a hotel I recently stayed at.

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