AirBnB and Bedbugs

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The rise of a hospitality-sharing company such as AirBnb in recent years have been widely unexpected, from those in hotel board rooms, to investors, and even to the average traveler.  However, with more and more people opening up their doors to strangers, there is an increased chance of bedbugs spreading all around.  Join us today, as we go over some tips for dealing with bedbugs for the average Airbnb user!

When it comes to bedbugs and Airbnb, it is important to first note their policy.  According to their policies as of 2016, Airbnb does not provide any kind of insurance, protection, or claims against bedbugs.  Essentially, you are on your own with bedbugs, so it is extremely important to be vigilant in the search for them, regardless if you are a guest or a host.

If you are a guest, keep in mind this simple message about bedbugs: they can be anywhere.  Regardless of where in the country (or even the world) you are staying, there is always a threat for bedbugs, even if the house looks extremely clean.  Once you arrive at where you plan to stay, you first job should be to peel back the covers on the corners of the mattress to check for bedbugs or the signs thereof (little red or rust colored spots, or a larges rust colored stain).  Should you find evidence of bedbugs in the room, notify the host, and either demand a new room or leave outright.  The latter is the better option, but there are times where it is simply not feasible.  Just be sure to keep your luggage away from that room, as these little critters can hop in and hitch a ride back to your home.

For the hosts, it is important to keep up on regular washing of your sheets.  You will have many different people coming in and out quite often, and some may bring bedbugs in.  Taking the time to wash the sheets after each guest on high heat should be enough to kill any bedbugs or their eggs, but you should go back and double check the room just in case.  Look around the entire room—not just the bed—looking for the same aforementioned signs of bedbugs.  Remember, Airbnb does not provide any protection for you as the host against bedbugs (as per their 2016 policy) so it pays to be extra vigilant (literally).

Bedbugs are nasty pests, but thankfully, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  However, when you need the heavy hitter to come in, know that Tri-County Pest Control is here to help.  With our state-of-the-art bedbug removal strategies, you can be assured that we will put your bedbug problem to rest.

Give us a call today for a free quote!

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