Impertinent Questions: Arizona Immigration and Bed Bugs

How is it possible for the Arizona State government to ignore American history that contains multiple racial occurrences in which newly-arrived immigrants were confronted by the authorities. 

Since all Americans (except native Americans) are immigrants to the United States, every family has recollections of their newly-arrived ancestors being harassed by immigration officials.  As I was growing up in a first-generation household, stories were still being told about the Palmer Raids after World War I.

Bed Bugs

In face of a resurgence of bed bugs (BBs) in hotel rooms, why don’t the chemical companies develop a safe and effective pesticide to eliminate them?  If you read the current hotel literature, you discover that guests carry BBs into hotels unknowingly in luggage, clothing, blankets, and pillows.  Two factors, experts say, are probably the major causes of the comeback of BBs: the banning of DDT and the overall increase in travel, both domestic and international.  The recommended procedure to get rid of BBs is both cumbersome and costly.  The New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends that hotels “hire a licensed pest control professional to inspect regularly and quickly address infestations when they occur.  Work with your vendor to make sure the following steps are taken when you receive a BB complaint:

  • Thoroughly inspect the guest’s luggage and clothing, as well as the infested hotel room and the new room to which the guest was moved.
  • If a room is infested, all machine-washable bedding, curtains, rugs, towels, and bathrobes should be cleaned separately in the hottest water and dried on the hottest recommended cycle.  Dry clean materials if required.
  • Scrub mattress seams with a stiff brush to dislodge bed bugs and their eggs.
  • To remove some bed bugs and eggs, use a heavy duty HEPA vacuum on the mattress, bed frame, furniture, floor and carpet.  Pay special attention to cracks and spaces.  Discard the used vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag before using the vacuum in another room.
  • Place infested mattresses or box springs in zippered plastic covers and store them for at least one year before using them again.
  • Securely bag all discarded materials to prevent further infestation.
  • Repair cracks in plaster and loose wallpaper.
  • Seal cracks around the baseboards of the room completely with caulking material.
  • Treat the room with special cleaning products and/or pesticides, if necessary.  (Pest control products may only be used by professionals licensed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.)
  • Reinspect the room periodically to ensure that bed bugs are gone.
  • Make a visual inspection for bed bugs part of the staff’s cleaning routine every time a room is vacated.”

About the author: Please note that Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC has just published the book “Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry.” It contains 359 pages, 25 illustrations and 16 chapters devoted to each of the following pioneers: John McEntee Bowman, Carl Graham Fisher, Henry Morrison Flagler, John Q. Hammons, Frederick Henry Harvey. Ernest Henderson, Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Howard Dearing Johnson, J. Willard Marriott, Kanjibhai Patel, Henry Bradley Plant, George Mortimer Pullman, A.M. Sonnabend, Ellsworth Milton Statler, Juan Terry Trippe and Kemmons Wilson. It also has a foreword by Stephen Rushmore, preface, introduction, bibliography and index. Visit www.greatamericanhoteliers.com to order the book.

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