Blog: The Only Thing People Fear More Than Bed Bug Bites? Exterminators

bed bug eggs and bed bug crawling in the mattress

Surprise, surprise. The New York Times got it wrong, again.

A popularly held opinion and speculation by the mainstream media was telling us that due to the “pandemic” of 2020, people would not have to worry as much about the common and growing worldwide pest known as bed bugs this year, due to decreased travel.

And yet, exterminators have actually reported being busier in places like New Jersey due to bed bugs during the Covid quarantines, lock downs and shutdown of life as we once knew it.

That’s right, the all-knowing media whom we have grown to love and trust (sarcasm intended) are now saying that bed bug populations and bites have increased, because, if you can believe them, people are more reluctant to let professional pest control into their homes at a time when fear is reaching a fever pitch.

Bed Bug Bites Keeping People Awake at Night

 
Often times, people have no awareness that they’ve been bitten, as the bites usually cause no pain and are not dangerous. They’re usually discovered when people awake to large red bites in groups of 4 or 5 on their exposed skin from the night before, frequently bringing a nasty rash with them to wreak havoc on the epidermis and a bed bug victim’s mental health.

In addition to the discomfort they cause, they can cause unsightly welts, marks, and even leave scars if scratched and cause allergic reactions and an infection, though you won’t likely feel them biting you when it happens.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

 
Usually bed bugs look brown but they can also appear to be black or white. If they appear white or clear in complexion, there’s a chance they just haven’t eaten a blood meal from a human host. They can bite your pets like dogs or cats, but it’s usually uncommon as they prefer waiting in your bedroom under your mattress or bed frame, then come out during the night to feast, preferring a nocturnal lifestyle.

They can come in all sizes, big and small. The large bed bugs, usually no bigger than the fingernail on your pinkie finger, are developed adults who have likely already bitten you, and finding them is the easiest, though it still requires a diligent search. The bed bug eggs are much harder to discover, and you’ll have to closely examine your bed and surrounding area, carefully inspecting for clusters in hard to reach- and see- areas.

Their bites are not contagious, but bed bugs will definitely hitchhike from one host to another, or travel between the shared walls of apartment buildings, making them extremely difficult when it comes time to effective removal and treatment. This is part of the reason why the cost of getting rid of bed bugs averages $900 – $1200 if you choose to go with a bed bug exterminator.

Immediate and Cheap Relief from Itchy Bed Bug Bites

 
First, you’re going to have to wash all your clothes and dry them on high heat. Some people even keep their affected clothes in trash bags and set them outside for a period of time. Then, to save money, you might want to consider a DIY bed bug solution, as this can potentially save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the long run.

One such residual and long lasting, effective bed bug killer is discussed on this bed bug blog by someone who had success in finally killing all the bed bugs off fast and for good.

While the best cure for bed bugs is preventing them in the first place, something people often turn to in the interim is an anti-itch bed bug gel or cream.

Bed Bug Sprays Don’t Work to Kill the Eggs

 
Just be careful not to invest too much time in a bed bug spray that only kills on contact, as you may gain a false sense of security only to wake up again in the near future covered in more annoying and painful sores. Bed bugs do shed their skin as they grow in size and number, so finding their old shells lying around a splotchy patch of black, brown and red stains on the mattress are almost a sure sign that you’ve got an infestation.

Hospitality Industry Tips: How to Be a Customer Service King in 2018

hotel and restaurant management hospitality industry tipsThe hospitality industry is a whole lot more demanding and competitive than most people assume, and that’s why everyone in it is always looking for ways to improve. You just have to. if you’re going to survive and thrive.

To that end, here’s a quick list of killer hospitality training tips that will put you head and shoulders above your competition in the industry. Some of them might seem a bit obvious, but you will be surprised at just how much of a difference they can make for your business if you consciously implement them each and every day.

Let’s get right into it.

The Top Hospitality Tips of 2018

 
1. Get your team in gear

You will only be as good as the team you have behind you. For those in hospitality management positions, there’s nothing more important than cultivating a team that mirrors your commitment, standards, and passion for the work that you do. Sure, it’s easier said than done, but it should always be a priority.

Hire the very best people available, give them very clear objectives and expectations, allow them the room they need to do their jobs, and always let them know when they’re doing a good job. You’re the captain of the ship, and how you lead your team is just as important as how the wind blows, if not more so.

2. Keep on learning new hospitality tips

 
The best teachers are learning to the very end. Hotel managers really need to be virtuosos of their trade – knowing all there is to know about every aspect of their craft. Proper hospitality training dictates that you know the proper dishwashing technique just as well as what wine pairs with every item on your menu. You can’t afford to stop improving and innovating your operation.

Don’t be afraid to change the way you do things if you find out about a better way; you might encounter some resistance at first from your staff, but if you’re working towards providing a better experience for your customers, the results will justify your decision, and everyone will be better off because of it. Leaders face the wind.

One great training resource is the Waiting Tables Video Master Class Course which teaches anyone who will be dealing in guest or customer service, especially waiters and bartenders, how to make more tips!

3. Say hello

Never underestimate the power of the personal touch. Guests coming into your establishment, for the first time might not know what to expect, and a personal welcome might go a long way in making them feel immediately at home. Take every chance you get to greet them as they enter, making eye contact, smiling, and generally letting them know that you’re glad to have them with you and are at their service should they need anything.

Managers, make sure to say hello and visit tables. Just saying hello while wearing a suit can do wonders for your restaurant’s image.

Most guests are a bit shy about asking for additional service, and putting them at ease about such things might be the thing that keeps them coming back to your place time and time again. That extra set of towels they ask for in the middle of the night might be the thing that gets your Yelp! review to the top of Google’s search results.

4. Keep (your hospitality approach) up with the times

 
Speaking of search results, you have to adapt your approach to the hospitality industry in the digital age, where your online presence is just as important as the state of your kitchens. Restaurants and hotels nowadays have to be easily located online, as word-of-mouth recommendations have moved entirely to social media and review websites.

Invest in a bit of IT expertise, whether it’s in-house or sourced externally. Online bookings, social media presence, online marketing, SEO optimization, and everything inbetween should be prioritized in today’s times if you want to compete effectively. And yeah, don’t forget about the Wi-Fi. Never forget about the Wi-Fi.