Hotel Pest Control

Commercial Pest Management Services for the Hospitality Industry

How Waltham Pest Services Can You Help You

Whether you are running your own bed-and-breakfast or a chain of luxury hotels, Waltham Pest Services wants to ensure that your guests will enjoy their stay and come back again.

We recognize the unique pest management requirements of the hospitality industry and maintain our success in catering to the industry’s needs by:

  • offering expertly trained technicians
  • guaranteeing state-of-the-art technology
  • providing you with strong, effective service
  • ensuring minimal disruption to your operation
  • minimizing public health concerns related to pests
  • accommodating your staff

A pest-free environment will save you time and money and make your facility more competitive and profitable.

Waltham Hotel Pest Control Offers

Tourism is the largest segment of the hospitality industry in the United States. The hospitality industry is estimated to account for more than 16 million jobs nationwide. With some hotel chains consisting of as many as 3,000 to 4,000 locations, many companies within the industry generate annual revenues in the billions of dollars. Collectively, there are more than 200,000 hotels operating worldwide.

Hotels, motels, inns, and other places of lodging thrive by offering diverse services and clean accommodations to their guests. While most companies put in safeguards and take preventative measures against pest infestations, the hospitality industry faces unique concerns in terms of hotel pest control. If unchecked, pests often tarnish hotel images, damage property, and can account for millions of dollars in repairs and spoiled resources or even closure. Waltham Pest Services offeres elimination of and protection from:


Pests in Hotels

The wide varieties of services provided by hotels, inns, motels, and lodges create many unique opportunities for pest infestations. With potentially thousands of rooms per location, hotels also often include restaurants, pools and spas, and conference halls.

Restaurants alone attract different kinds of pests than typical living spaces, which increases the risk of cross-contamination and even more breaches in general sanitation and maintenance (and thus potential for pest infestation). The biggest concerns regarding pests in hotels are illness-causing pathogens deposited in foods and on bed linens, physical harm in the form of bites or rashes resulting from contact with pests or their excrement, and damage to property.

Hotels often take on the label of pest epicenter (being overrun) and lose out on business due to ongoing infestations. Some may perform so poorly that the company must close locations as a result. Pest inspections alone cost upwards of $900 to $1,000 each. Additional costs regularly arise because of chewed piping and wires, cracks widened in insulation and walls, and replacement of furniture and other resources due to damage or spoiling. Costs may increase if guests are harmed, which can result in lawsuits or other types of sanctions.

Common Hotel Pests

Bed Bugs - Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius L., are a historically prevalent problem in hotels. Bed bugs are found throughout all 50 U.S. states, especially in highly populated areas of New England. The insects are easily spread due to close living quarters and shared spaces/modes of transportation such as:

  • Airplanes
  • Buses
  • Hotel rooms
  • Subways
  • Taxi's

Bed bugs measure roughly 5mm long and 3mm wide, which makes detecting the pests especially difficult. Bed bugs primarily feed on human blood and traditionally take residence in cracks in headboards or along the tufts, seams, and folds of box-springs and mattresses. Hotels must replace infested bedding, including mattresses, headboards, and box-springs, if infestations occur, as the affected items enable the transmission of eggs to host humans and the dispersal of the insects to new areas.

In order to feed, bed bugs bite hosts to draw blood meals. The bites often result in rashes or irritated skin requiring several days to heal.

Rodents - Another common pest found in hotels and throughout the travel industry worldwide is rodents. Specifically, rats and mice commonly infest New England hotels. Both types of rodents are notorious burrowers and gnawers. The main concerns faced by hotels experiencing rat and mice infestations include the contamination of food and surfaces and diseases regularly carried by the rodents as well as property damage resulting from the foraging and nesting habits of the mammals.

Mice tend to reside in storage closets, ventilation systems, and the framework of hotel rooms, while rats burrow in the soil around buildings near trash dumpsters and other areas with ready access to food. The rodents reproduce at alarming rates, which presents potentially rampant problems for hotel owners and managers once initial infestations are established.

Cockroaches - The most prolific cockroach species, the German cockroach, is a common pest in the hotel industry. The insects live in warm, humid places with continuous access to food and moisture sources. Hotel laundry rooms and kitchens offer ideal conditions for German cockroaches to thrive.

Buildings containing multiple units, particularly hotel rooms that may remain vacant for extended periods of time, provide the perfect settings for cockroaches. Hotel guests with histories of asthma or other breathing issues often react negatively to cockroach infestations, as the excrement produced by large numbers of the insects often elicits upper respiratory irritation.

Other cockroach-associated concerns include the transmission of illness to guests, as cockroaches regularly reside in decaying organic matter crawling with harmful bacteria. Like mice and rats, cockroaches also breed at alarming rates, which often impedes control efforts.

The Drawbacks of In-House Pest Control

While many hotels try to take care of infestations personally, in-house efforts may prove ineffective or only address parts of the overall problems leading to pest control issues. Trained professionals possess the skills, abilities, and time necessary to accurately diagnose the extent of any potential infestation and eliminate the pest problem. In attempting to handle the issue independently, hotels may take care of cockroach populations living in one area of the facility but overlook populations that end up spreading to other areas of the building and creating the same problems all over again.

Ways Pest Control Specialists Can Help

Pest control professionals provide commercial pest control services for hotels post-infestation; however, local companies often work alongside hotels to create Integrated Pest Management action plans/strategies, or IPMs, which regularly include ways to detect early warning signs or conditions conducive to pest outbreak. Hotel pest control specialists work directly with businesses and provide detailed, personalized plans to prevent damages and the costs incurred from infestations.


Waltham Pest Services believes that clear communication and partnership are essential elements to a successful pest management program. We will work with your team of engineers, stewards, housekeeping staff, and food and beverage personnel to ensure that your staff recognizes conditions that pose possible pest problems and understands the practices involved in maintaining a pest free property. Our service is often conducted during evening hours. To ensure clear communication between our technician and your hotel staff, our service managers will schedule a routine walk-through with your staff to explain the work that was done and point out areas of concern.

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