The lights are often low, the seating is soft and cushy, and a movie theater is typically filled with hundreds of human hosts for feeding. If you are the owner/operator of a movie theater, you have a serious threat on your hands when it comes to pests like bed bugs. If you want to keep bed bugs at bay, there are a few things that you will want to know.
How do bed bugs get into a movie theater in the first place?
Bed bugs can easily travel on clothing, in purses, and even in jackets, scarves, and other personal belongings. Therefore, when your customers make their way inside to catch a show, they could easily be bringing with them a few non-paying guests. This is one reason why taking initiative to ward off a problem will mean that you must limit the personal belongings your customers bring inside of the theater with them.
Require that jackets be checked at the door and make it a rule that backpacks, purses, or satchels are not allowed. This by no means will eliminate the problem, but it can help prohibit bed bugs from being carried into the theater in large numbers.
What would be a few ways to make sure bed bugs are not an issue at your place of business?
There are a few features in most movie theaters that make these places more desirable for a bed bug looking to take up residence. For one, theaters often offer guests soft, cushy seats for their comfort while they are visiting. Even though you may want your customers to be comfortable, anything cushioned or made with soft materials is bound to become a natural hiding spot for bed bugs. If these are the type of seats you have, it is a good idea to look into having them replaced with solid-structured seating.
Additionally, carpet can be a big attraction for bed bugs because it offers numerous places for hiding. Get rid of carpeting inside of the theater and opt instead for something that is much more bed bug proof, such as tile or laminate.
Even though most people often associate bed bugs with places like hotels or even public transportation, the simple fact is, the problem has gotten so big that other public places are not immune to seeing a major problem with these little vampires in their place of business, even movie theaters. If you would like to know more about keeping bed bugs out of your public theater, contact a commercial pest control agent, like Chem-Wise Ecological Pest Management Services, for help.