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Unwelcomed Hotel Guest: Bed Bugs Part 2 - Green Eradication Strategies

publication date: May 3, 2011
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Part 1 Unwelcomed Guests: Bed Bugs editorial focused how to identify bed bugs and prevention techniques. Part 2 details how to fight back with an array of green solutions to eradicate those bed bugs giving you trouble, raising costs and tarnishing your hotel's image.  

In the past, employing high doses of DDT was the preferred method of elimination. This was highly effective, however it came with a price to the indoor environment and still did not completely eradicate the pests. In fact, it can be argued that improper use of traditional chemicals and not fully understanding the pest's ability to travel has contributedto the current nationwide epidemic.

Reaching for the deadliest poison and spraying everything in the hotel is a thing of the past. Today there are a number of green pest control techniques to eliminate them completely. Often two or three of these sustainable options will be used in conjunction to increase their usefulness. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages in respect to cost, implementation and effectiveness. Finding the proper balance between environmental impacts, cost, and successful elimination is the real challenge. 

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