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Pest Control in the Hospitality Industry: It’s About the Guests

It’s not surprising that pest control would be essential to the success of hotels and other lodging establishments. Pests native to the local area need to be kept in check, as do any that might enter the premises via guests’ luggage and other means. Controlling pests such as insects, rodents, and other unwanted “visitors” presents quite a challenge to the hospitality industry. Viking Pest Control is here to help your hospitality facility remain pest free.

Commercial pest professionals, like Viking Pest Control, play a significant role in the hospitality industry’s success at satisfying guests and encouraging them to return. Lodging staff, in turn, are critical to our success—especially since they’re the ones who first notice unwanted pests and must manage these situations calmly and quietly until your local extermination experts arrive.

Let’s find out what pest control in a lodging establishment entails by focusing on the types of pests commonly seen and the places they tend to be found.

Types of Pests Common to Indoor Parts of Lodging Establishments

It’s probably harder for guests to find their way around a hotel than for insects, rodents, and other pests. That’s why at Viking Pest Control we cast a wide net when it comes to hospitality pest control. Below are some pests that our team of local extermination experts will focus on when implementing your hospitality facility’s pest management program.

Bed Bugs

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that bed bugs have become a widespread and intractable problem for hotels and motels. These biting creatures have quickly come to be the biggest reputation-buster for establishments ranging from small roadside motels to luxury metropolitan hotels.

The local bed bug professionals at Viking Pest Control initiate preventive measures for bed bugs, such as routine spraying to help proactively protect your facility from bed bugs.


When it comes to a hospitality establishment’s reputation, cockroaches are second only to bed bugs. Cockroaches don’t bite, but they can carry some dangerous germs and provoke allergies. Plus, their presence is often a bad representation of your brand to any guest that may come across these unsightly pests.

Cockroaches are drawn to moist places, to help prevent this pest the local professionals at Viking Pest recommend housekeeping personnel clean guest bathrooms thoroughly and check for dripping faucets or leaky pipes.


Just as flies can ruin a picnic, so too can they ruin an otherwise excellent hotel stay. It is a risk to the business’s health code standards and reputation if flies are present in your facility’s kitchen, dining area, or anywhere else food products are frequently present.  Controlling flies can be a challenge, but it’s necessary for your facility to focus on meeting the highest of standards when it comes to fly control.  With an ongoing pest management plan from the professionals at Viking Pest Control, you can be assured that your facility is protected from flies.


Some ants bite or sting, but most species are mainly an annoyance to hotel staff and guests alike. Similar to bees and wasps, ants live in highly structured and productive colonies. To effectively resolve an ant problem, our team is trained in ant control methods to eradicate the queen as well as the colony. As long as the queen remains, the colony will keep returning. In places of lodging, where there are many places for ant colonies to form, we need to be vigilant and maintain continuous control to ensure no reoccurrence.


Rodents—specifically rats and mice—are pests that you, your guests, and employees will not want to see anywhere in, or around, your facility. Rodents will go anywhere and do anything to find food, including eating their way through cardboard, even plastic containers. Like insects, rodents also transmit bacterial and viral infections. Viking Pest Control offers the uniquely suited SMART rodent control to monitor rodent activity 24/7 giving you the peace of mind you deserve when it comes to rodent control.  SMART rodent control is the 100% non-toxic, 100% digital, and 100% hassle-free solution to your rodent control needs

Viking Advantage

Do you have multiple properties? Concerned about having various pest control companies? Viking's vast presence means there is most likely a Viking office right in your neighborhood. If any pest does find a way into your business, Viking's professionals are there at a moment's notice. We take care of the situation discreetly and work with you for long-term relief. That's the Viking Advantage commitment: A Regional coverage with a local touch.

Other Areas Where Pest Control Is Essential

For pest control purposes, public spaces in hotels, lodges, and resorts fit roughly three categories. Each has to do with pests and their appetites:

  • Common areas like lobbies and hallways—where food may be consumed casually but isn’t generally prepared or served formally
  • Restaurants and bars—where food is prepared, served and consumed
  • Transitional spaces, like breakfast rooms, where food is prepared and served only during certain hours and used for other purposes the rest of the time.

For pest control professionals, each space needs special monitoring, maintenance, and treatment.

Due to the multifunctional nature of lodging facilities and their connected spaces, pest problems can start in one area and spread to others. For example, kitchens need to be monitored for bed bugs, and garbage areas can attract rodents and cockroaches that then find their way to hallways and guest rooms.

Because of their food-preparation purpose, kitchens need to be monitored not only for pests found throughout the hotel but also for various “stored product insects.” These include beetles, weevils, moths, and mites that can invade stored food, whether it’s as eggs, larvae, pupae, or adults.

Outdoor Pests on the Lodging Grounds

Pests like mosquitoes and various stinging insects, like wasps and hornets, are commonly found outdoors. Even birds can inconvenience guests by pooping on their cars or making a lot of noise. Pest birds can also spread certain diseases, like salmonella, trichomoniasis, aspergillosis, and avian pox.  At Viking Pest Control, we offer solutions to control pests on the outside of our facility in addition to the inside.  If you have pests or want to actively prevent pests, Viking has a solution for you!

Keep Your Hospitality Facility Bacteria and Virus Free with Viking Pro-Clean

Viking is your #1 disinfection and sanitization solution expert in the NJ, PA, DE, and Eastern Shore of MD area.  Your local team at Viking Pest Control understands the strict need to maintain a properly sanitized environment, especially when it comes to Hospitality facilities.  Viking Pro-Clean will meet all your unique sanitization needs.  To begin, our local experts will conduct an evaluation of your property and design an optimized sanitization plan.  Using multiple product application methods, Pro-Clean is proven to dramatically reduce the number of harmful bacteria and emerging viruses like coronaviruses, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Influenza A, and the H1N1 Virus.  Once our Pro-Clean application team has treated your hospitality facility, you will be provided with our “Pro-Clean” emblem and digital certificate to proudly display for your guests and staff.

Unlike basic fogging treatments or common cleaning techniques, Viking Pro-Clean treatments use a combined variety of disinfection and sanitization methods of application to thoroughly disinfect your location.  We focus on key areas at your hospitality facility including main common areas, desks, dining areas, door handles, and bathrooms among many others.

We’re There for You, Lodging Owners and Managers

At Viking Pest Control, we understand your guests expect the best in accommodations. And little is as likely to disrupt those expectations than the presence of pests in their accommodations. With over 40 years of experience and extensive expertise, Viking Pest Control provides the best in pest management.

At Viking Pest Control, we believe in the proactive approach when it comes to pest control.  Don’t risk potential damage to the safety and reputation of your facility and stay ahead of pests with Viking Pest Control!

Give your local extermination experts a call today at 800-618-2847 to get in contact with one of our commercial account specialists!