Hotels take bed bugs very seriously, and if they don’t, they should. An alarming number of 4 and 5 star hotels have had issues with bed bugs in recent decades, and the process of eradication is costly and extreme. A hotel must not only seal off the infected room, it must also place all adjacent rooms – including above and below – out of service to be treated as well. This means that between 4 – 12 rooms are placed out of service while a pest control operator comes in to treat the rooms at two separate times. This means that the hotel is paying for the following:
- 12 rooms lost profit for 5-7 days – could be $25,000 – $50,000 for nice hotels
- 2 rounds of pesticides – $1,000 – $3,000 for all rooms
- 2 inspections – variable
- Total cost for bed bugs: $50,000 – $60,000
This cost does not factor in loss of business as a result of the public finding out about the infestation and taking their business elsewhere.