The Most Common Hotel and Motel Pests

The summer weather is drawing people out of their homes and onto vacations, which means hotels and motels need to be ready for the influx of travelers. This requires more than a tidy appearance though. If a customer notices a pest in his/her room, an establishment’s reputation could be ruined. Rodents, cockroaches, houseflies, and bedbugs are the most common problems.

Need to Know…

Aside from scaring away potential customers, these vermin can spread diseases, cause property damage, and result in claims and fines. In fact, OSHA mandates that establishments implement some form of pest control. “Every enclosed workplace shall be so constructed, equipped, and maintained, so far as reasonably practicable, as to prevent the entrance or harborage of rodents, insects, and other vermin. A continuing and effective extermination program shall be instituted where their presence is detected.” These unwelcome guests often come in through the tiniest cracks and openings, or are unknowingly brought in by travelers.


  • Cause $20 billion dollars in property damage by chewing through wires and knocking over containers of flammable substances
  • Contaminate food with their droppings and urine
  • Spread diseases like Salmonella, leptospirosis, trichinosis, and murine typhus
  • Rats bite approximately 45,000 people each year


  • Leave droppings, secretions, saliva, cast skins, and egg casings wherever they go. These contaminate food and cause allergic reactions similar to seasonal allergies in people
  • Carry and transfer diseases like Staphylococcus, Coli, and Listeria, and other viruses, parasitic worms, and fungi
  • Are often found in kitchens and bathrooms, as they are attracted to food bits and moisture
  • Can go months without food and days without water


  • Are attracted to food (both human and animal), garbage, excrement, and organic matter
  • Carry over 100 different kinds of pathogens on their legs, which include typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera, and dysentery
  • Contaminate every surface they land on, especially food
  • Reproduce quickly and reach adulthood in ten days


  • Are often brought into hotels and motels in customers’ luggage
  • Hide in tiny, dark crevices and inside furniture during the day, and then come out at night to consume blood from hosts (your guests).
  • Cause skin irritation in the places they have bitten, which can range from a mild red, itchy patches or be as severe as hives and blisters.
  • Are one of the most common pests found in campground cabins


Prevention is the Best Treatment

The Environmental Protective Agency recommends Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as it is an effective and eco-friendly approach to pest control. Citron Hygiene’s pest control program works by implementing preventative measures and only applying pesticides when they are absolutely necessary. Limiting the use of these chemicals is significant, as excessive exposure can cause a variety of ill health effects that range from respiratory irritation to unconsciousness. This method saves businesses money, protects the wellbeing of the individuals within, and most importantly keeps vermin out.

As summer is just a week away, now is the time reevaluate your hotel or motel’s pest prevention plan!

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