Word Travels Fast, Especially When It Comes to Bed Bugs

NATIONAL REPORT—According to more than 23,000 TripAdvisor users around the world, online reviews remain a trusted resource when it comes to booking rooms. A global study, in partnership with Ipsos MORI, offers more empirical evidence that your online reputation impacts your bottom line.

A quick search on TripAdvisor identified 35 pages of reviews from around the world that reference bed bugs. Considering that 81% of travelers read recent reviews when booking places to stay, a single bed bug incident can have significant financial consequences.

Hoteliers must realize that the true cost of a bed bugs is much more than the pest management professional’s fee for remediation.

According to the University of Kentucky, just one negative report of bed bugs on an online review site can cost a 300-room hotel catering to business travelers $274,000 per month in revenue. When looking at a similarly sized hotel catering to vacation travelers, the costs approached $166,000 per month.

So, how can hoteliers prevent their properties from becoming the latest TripAdvisor bed bug-related casualty? In one word, prevention.

Having a solid, field-proven bed bug prevention program, with active mattress liners installed on mattresses or box springs, can stop infestations from occurring.  And prevent a bed bug incident from turning into an expensive, embarrassing, and potentially litigious situation. To learn more about bed bug prevention in hospitality and how you can avoid being the next negative bed bug review on TripAdvisor, sign up for a free one-on-one webinar.

While you are at it, help us educate the industry on the true cost of bed bugs by taking our survey. We look forward to sharing the results.

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.