Retailers Need to Be Proactive to Combat Bed Bugs on Clothing Racks

Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs At Clothing Stores

Bed bugs go anywhere that people go. These parasites travel long distances without much effort because they are adept at hitching a ride on humans and human belongings. Public buildings and businesses all need commercial pest control services to eliminate bed bugs and minimize the risk of future infestations.

Bed Bug prevention is critical for retail stores

Retail stores are at high risk for infestations. Bed bugs have only one method of movement without assistance from humans and that is to slowly crawl. Because people take their time when shopping for clothes, bed bugs have more time to move from clothes, purses, and coats to chairs and other items in the store. Bed bugs can also enter stores via returned merchandise. Upholstered chairs are intended to make shopping more enjoyable for people, but they also make it easier for bed bug populations to spread.

Reducing the risk of bed bug infestations

Returned clothing items should be stored in plastic bags until returned to suppliers. Managers must be vigilant about eliminating clutter and piles of clothing around dressing rooms. All retail stores need to provide training for employees on identifying bed bugs and how to properly respond to infestations. Managers and supervisors must respond promptly to any bed bug reports by employees or customers.

Contact Stern Environmental Group today for a commercial pest control consultation. We use the most effective, environmentally-friendly methods to eliminate bed bugs.