Pest Control for Hostels & Shelters
Bed bug, flea and pest control for hostels and homeless shelters
With a high turnover of guests, many of whom may have been travelling from place to place or living on the streets in unsanitary conditions, hostels and homeless shelters are understandably at very high risk of suffering from pest infestations.
At Monitor, our comprehensive pest control services can eradicate and prevent bed bug, flea, rodent cockroach and other infestations in hostels and shelters. With a focus on preventative solutions, we aim to prevent pest problems from occurring and deal with any issues that do arise, quickly and efficiently with minimum disruption.
Probably the biggest pest concern is how to avoid bed bugs in hostels and shelters and what to do if you suffer a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are a common pest, often associated with buildings that have a high resident turnover. They are very good at hitching lifts on people and their belongings, and have become prevalent due to increased travel, often being spread from country to country. These bugs occur regularly in multi-occupancy buildings with rapid resident turnover, so hostels and shelters are particularly susceptible.
Unfortunately, the early stages of bed bugs, known as nymphs, are hard to see with the naked eye, making it very hard to identify an infestation until the bed bugs bite. Once exposed to bed bugs, it is highly likely that you will take them with you once you leave the bed, spreading the problem as you go.
This is particularly troublesome for hostels accommodating back-packers who are traveling from hostel to hostel and even country to country and homeless shelters accommodating people who move from shelter to shelter.
Bed bugs are able to breed at a phenomenal rate, which means that an infestation can get out of hand very quickly, turning an infested hostel bed into an infested room, and then in turn into an infested hostel, and multiple infested hostels. Bed bugs are a notoriously complex problem to deal with and therefore can only be dealt with by a professional pest control company.
There are also a number of other pest related issues that hostels and shelters may face. Hostels and shelters that allow dogs and pets to stay with their owners are at high risk of suffering from flea infestation, which can also spread very easily and become a huge problem.
If the hostel or shelter provides food, areas where the food is prepared, stored and discarded are very attractive to rodents, ants, cockroaches, wasps and stored product insects. An infestation in one of these areas could cause food hygiene issues as well as causing distress to both guests and staff.
At Monitor Pest Control, our highly experienced team of pest control technicians and operatives have a reputation for delivering outstanding customer service, employing a flexible approach to all pest control issues. We can deal with any type of pest infestation quickly and efficiently, as well as implementing an integrated pest prevention programme to minimise your ongoing risk.
After carrying out a comprehensive survey of your hostel or shelter building, we will advise on appropriate preventative measures to put in place to minimise potential risks of infestation. We can also educate staff members on the signs of pest activity and bed bugs, so that should a pest problem arise, it can be dealt with swiftly to avoid a full infestation.
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