Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bed Bug Action Plan for Hotels

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The season of traveling for the holidays will begin soon and if you are staying in hotels and motels,bed bugs are on a rise and love traveling around luggage and around your room. These pesky critters can cause an uncomfortable night and disturb your sleep and cause severe itchiness through out your entire trip. Worst case scenario, they can travel in your luggage and travel to your home without you even knowing. The solution, having a bed bug action plan. Many businesses in the hospitality industry are doing a great job in taking action to protect their guests when dealing with bed bugs. Hotels also are working with pest management companies to quickly get rid of any pests and solve their bed bug problems quickly. However, there have also been many cases where hotel management do not know that their hotels have bed bugs and their staff do not as well.


A recent case near the International Los Angeles Airport not only had a bed bug problem but their staff will be on strike and protesting. The hotel will be protesting the disciplinary actions that were given to a housekeeper because she failed to spot bed bugs and failure in doing so have increased their workload. It might be sometimes difficult to spot bed bugs but there are signs of infestation that can be easy to spot. It is important for the lodging industry to teach their staff and inspect their rooms for bed bugs to avoid problems like the L.A hotel. To facilitate early bed bug detection, all hotel employees should receive some bed bug identification training.


Partnering with a pest management company can help your staff plan out an inspection plan that can be done monthly so that your employees can catch the bed bugs before your guests do and becomes a bigger problem.Housekeeping personnel can also alert hotel management when their are signs of bed bugs. It is always important to have an experienced and certified pest management company to treat any bed bug problem. Our Team Heat Division specializes in eliminating bed bugs by using alternative methods like heat. Contact us if you find bed bugs in your environment to re-create a comfortable environment for your staff and guests.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

E-waste Trading Platform Woos 'Ethical' Businesses

When it comes to disposing of electronic waste such as computers, televisions and other gadgets responsibly, there are two big certification programs that can help guide a company’s selection of disposal partner.
Their oversight is critical for controlling where discarded technology winds up and ensuring that certain toxic components don’t find their way into landfills, where they can foul up groundwater supplies and otherwise endanger human health—especially in rural locations in China and India.
The organization behind one of those initiatives, Basel Action Network (BAN), just introduced a business-to-business trading platform to make finding certified recycling partners simpler to help companies recover more value from outdated or damaged technology

The site, called e-Stewards Marketplace, lets businesses register items they are trying to unload. Registered buyers are all approved e-Stewards operations. The marketplace also supports trading of scrap materials and sales of refurbished equipment.
“Businesses disposing of end-of-life electronics will finally have price transparency, access to standardized processes and centralized reporting tools, which will greatly increase the efficiency and profitability of their recycling processes,” said Michael Rubel, CEO of Retrace, which teamed with BAN to create the site. “Recyclers will have access to a new stream of supply and low-cost transactions that support existing sales efforts.”
The United States generates approximately 3.4 million tons of e-waste every year. Most major high-tech hardware companies support collection programs, although many of those efforts center on individuals or consumers (unless you happen to have a large leasing contract). Last year, the entire U.S. consumer electronics industry collected 620 million pounds, double the previous year.

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