Thirteen Honolulu hotels were mentioned on the Bed Bug Registry site as having problems with the dreaded creature. Is the problem real or just a way to damage a hotel’s reputation?
As we pointed out in our last report, references to “bed bugs” have grown tremendously on U.S. TripAdvisor reviews. If bed bugs are mentioned in a hotel review, there is no faster way to stop a potential guest from making a reservation. This is a fact well known to those who would seek to manipulate hotel user reviews. Hotel managers have told me that the dollar value of achieving a top TripAdvisor review is huge and cannot be overlooked.
Follow the money: new bed bug sites join the Internet
Bed Bug Registry has been in existence since April. It’s two-thirds Google Ads and one-third alleged guest reviews. The site professes to help you figure out which hotel has a problem, or alternatively, which hotel someone is trying to put out of business. And if one bed bug site isn’t enough, you can have a look at bedbugreports.com, badbedbugs.com and bedbugger.com, among others.
Need more than websites? No problem. Rest easy. There’s a new product which has surfaced to eliminate bed bugs. I’m not sure quite how this product works, because the website is anything but clear. But it is green, so you can feel good about spending your money on that. It’s sold on Amazon and at Walgreen’s. There is a plethora of other products which has recently surfaced as well.
Dogs are now being trained to find bed bug infestations with a near 100 percent accuracy rate.
Needless to say, a website aptly named bedbugdog.com has popped up to sort out the problem. Hire a “rent-a-Fido to make sure your home or business is bed bug free.
What’s your experience with bed bugs in hotels?
I travel a lot and still (thank goodness) have yet to run into my first bed bug. In fact I stayed in five hotels in the past two weeks without a problem. What experiences have you had with bed bugs, and have you had any problems here in Hawaii?
Photo Credit: Big Island sky and not a bed bug in sight. I decided to follow the example from drug manufacturer TV ads. You know the kind. They show nice pictures while telling you the bad side effects.
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