Posted on: 10 September 2015
Dealing with a termite infestation can be a delicate matter if you are a hotel owner. Luckily, with the right tips you can effectively remove the termites, keep them away from your property and protect your hotel's image. Keep these tips in mind:
1. Monitor your hotel property for termite activity on a regular basis
If termites penetrate your hotel undetected, they can do a lot of damage. Unchecked, they can cause severe structural damage as they snack on your floor joists, wall frames and other wooden elements of your building.
Make sure that your outside maintenance crew monitors your property for termite activity on a regular basis. Ideally, they should walk the perimeter of the building looking for tubes of mud along its foundation or along exterior walls. It is especially important to monitor areas where your landscaping design has a lot of foliage along your walls -- those plants can serve as conduits for termites.
2. Respond immediately to guest concerns
Another clue that you have a termite infestation is the presence of a winged termite in your property. If a guest sees one of these creatures, go into damage control mode immediately. Comp the guest's room and offer other freebies to help soothe the guest's concerns. Also, assure them you are working to control the situation.
The alternative could be noisy complaining on social media sites or posting bad reviews, and that can be devastating to your hotel's image or brand.
3. Avoid spot treatment
As soon as you detect termite damage, contact pest removal specialists immediately. When weighing your options, consider avoiding spot control. That only addresses pockets of infestation and doesn't thoroughly remove all termite activity.
4. Use termite bait discreetly
Although you want to be open about your pest control methods with anyone who asks -- you certainly don't want to be deceptive or evasive -- you also want to be discreet to call as little attention as possible to your infestation.
Most termite treatments include applying a liquid termicide to the area around your hotel and laying baits near those areas as well. Schedule these applications for times when your hotel tends to be slow, or consider closing for a week.
5. Insist on a guarantee
If even small pockets are missed during the termite treatment, termites may reappear. So that you don't have to pay for these issues, insist upon a quality guarantee before hiring a pest control company.