NATIONAL REPORT—Large cities are home to hundreds of hotels, all of which are at risk of bed bug infestations. One hotel with a persistent bed bug problem found ActiveGuard. This is their story.
A 1600-room, 3000-bed convention hotel in the Southern United States had an ongoing bed bug problem with an incident reported on average once every two weeks. After two years of conventional insecticide treatments, including the infested room, the two adjacent rooms and each of the rooms above and below the infested room, the problem continued. This hotel needed a new solution.
The property began with a limited installation of ActiveGuard® on box springs in 45 rooms to test its effectiveness. The floor chosen was one that traditionally had a high frequency of reported incidents that turned into infestations, defined as simultaneous detection of multiple bed bug life forms, such as eggs and adult bed bugs, in the same room.
In the two-year period following the initial installation, there were no reported bed bug incidents on either mattresses or box springs in these rooms. Furthermore, no infestations were reported in any ActiveGuard®-protected room whatsoever. While conventional remediation continued throughout the remainder of the hotel, the number of bed bug-specific calls in these 45 rooms was reduced 100%.
As a result, the hotel installed ActiveGuard® throughout the entire property, preventing bed bugs in all 1,600 rooms and realizing $500,000-plus in annual cost savings in the form of reduced pest control costs and retained revenue. It was clear. After two years, empirical evidence proved that a preventative program using ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners as the centerpiece resulted in:
- 100% reduction in infestations;
- 92.5% reduction in reported incident frequency;
- Reduction in over 180-plus treatments over two years; and
- Immeasurable savings by preserving brand reputation.
Get on board.
To implement a solid, field-proven bed bug prevention program, hoteliers should start by installing active mattress liners on mattresses or box springs to stop infestations from occurring and prevent a bed bug incident from turning into an expensive, embarrassing, and potentially litigious situation. Large convention and casino hotels have prevented the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of implementing an active mattress liner-based program. Smaller hotels enjoy equivalent savings consistent with their property size.
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About Allergy Technologies
ActiveGuard Mattress Liners kill bed bugs. Easily installed on mattresses or box springs, these liners offer two-year continual prevention and control against any adult bed bugs, nymphs or eggs. ActiveGuard has no cautionary signal words or use restrictions on its label. Only four sizes—single/twin, double/full, queen and king—fit almost every available mattress or box spring and accommodate up to extra-large in length and 17-in. in depth. Underlying is ActiveGuard’s formulation; a unique and proprietary delivery system that offers sustained bioavailability of permethrin for two years. Newest research supports that after a short exposure to ActiveGuard of only 10 minutes, bed bugs regardless of their level of resistance, begin to show significant reductions in feeding (biting) and a dramatic inability to lay eggs. This results in discontinuation of population growth thereby halting progression of an incident to an infestation. If you are seeking a pro-active preventative approach, ActiveGuard should be considered as the centerpiece of your long-term solution to keep bedding from being infested. ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are covered under U.S. Patents 5,916,580, 6,214,365, 6,440,438 and pending patents. For more tips on preventing bed bugs and uncovering infestations early visit us online at www.hotelbedbugprevention.com.