Allergy Technologies Delivers Tips for Bed Bug Prevention

Just think! The design choices you are considering for room refurbishing may also be creating a welcoming environment for bed bugs. Bed bugs are elusive pests and an intrusive guest no hotel wants.

They can easily be introduced into a hotel room by anyone that walks through its doors, from hotel guests to service staff or even a shipment. Their small size, ability to reproduce rapidly, withstand long periods between meals, and nocturnal tendencies make them difficult to detect. The effects of an infestation can be devastating to a business. Hotel reputations can be irrevocably tarnished if reports land on travel websites, treatment costs are high and profits lost when rooms have to go unrented. That’s not to mention reimbursements to guests affected and the potential negative impact on stakeholder equity if a guest chooses to pursue an aggressive legal course of action.

So what does hotel room design have to do with infestations? It could mean the difference between a full-blown infestation being uncovered at 2 a.m. by an irate guest and minimizing the likelihood that a single bed bug introduced into a room ever transitions into an infestation.

Given our experience in handling the bed bug scourge that is canvassing our nation, we provide the following suggestions for hotel room design consideration. Making tweaks to current hotel room configurations, considering these changes in future design plans or implementing a preventive bed bug measure can certainly assist in lowering the incidence of bed bug infestations in hotel rooms.


Wall coverings (e.g., pictures) that are secured with nails or other implements that puncture the wall are commonly found as harborage sites for bed bugs and their eggs. While it is probably not reasonable to suggest that pictures not adorn hotel room walls, it is recommended not placing them on the wall on which the bed and headboard rests.

Window Treatments

Draperies and most specifically valances are notorious sites for bed bug harborage. Design choices that use the least amount of tufting and pleating should be considered in room design to reduce the likelihood of these design elements becoming sites for egg deposition. Alternatively, wooden or other non-upholstered valances would further reduce these areas as harborage sites.

Seating Furniture 

While aesthetics and comfort are often key elements in selection, upholstered couches and chairs do pose risks for bed bug harborage. If upholstered seating is chosen, those with fixed seating and backrests (as compared to loose pillow design) are recommended.

Luggage Rack Availability 

Guests dropping their suitcases on beds represent the most likely introduction of bed bugs onto bedding or other upholstered furniture. In lieu of a luggage rack often stowed in a closet, a hard surfaced furniture element designed for placement of luggage is preferred and does not render an easily hidden bed bug harborage site. Operationally, a simple reconfiguration in room layout to make certain that the luggage rack is openly available, easier to inspect and utilize, would be highly advantageous. 

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 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. 

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