I’m On Vacation! Sort Of…

I love going on vacation. I enjoy seeing new places. My favorite things are experiences. The beach is my preferred travel destination. What I DON’T care for is having to work on my vacation.

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I can only guess that most of you are like me when staying in a hotel. Well, at least the PCOs who are reading this. I immediately strip the sheets off the bed and inspect. I am taking pictures and nick-nacks off the wall. I want to know what is hiding in the Kleenex holder. In the seams of the lamp shade, I wonder what’s lurking.

Does the door seal…. well, seal? Did the maid clean the bathtub drain? And what about that little kitchenette? Check the burners on that hot plate. My pest control brain NEVER shuts off.

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I really don’t know why I continue to stay in hotels. I should just take a tent. Nah. I am accustomed to the comforts. I like the fluffy pillows. I like that fact that there’s ALOT of them. I like that I don’t have to directly pay for the heat or A/C, so I find a temperature setting to an extreme. I like NOT paying for the 100 channels on tv. I have yet to use up all the hot water in the shower.

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While on vacation, I noticed our hotel resort room had some Oriental cockroaches and some drain flies. Because I am a well seasoned pest control professional, this didn’t REALLY bother me. I politely sent them to insect Heaven.

The inspector in me wanted to know where theses critters were coming from. So, as you can predict, I started an inspection. Of course this was the day after we checked into the resort, AND after I had stripped the room before we had slept even one night.

I looked around for potentially obvious harborage points. Nothing. The stove was clean. The sink and bathroom smelled of cleaning solutions. Carpet seemed freshly vacuumed. Would it kill a person to clean the back of the mini fridge? Yuck!

Then I had a light bulb come on….. drain flies and cockroaches would signal a broken water or sewer line somewhere nearby. That is the one thing I can’t totally prove on my own. I kept the info close to the vest until checkout. What could the maintenance department do about this issue anyway? At least not right now.

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Upon checking out of this fancy sleeping establishment, I did inform the front desk staff that they should notify their preferred pest management team. The nice hostess apologized for the inconvenience. I told her that I do this for a living. It didn’t make me uncomfortable, but the next guests might not be so understanding.

I did see the vehicle of a pest control company on the property every day. I can only guess that the pest issues in Room 2411B will be handled properly. I don’t have to trust that pest company. That partnership lies with the resort management. Faith. Gotta have faith.

Published by Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

My career in pest management began while working in a flour mill as the “in-house” technician in 2008. I am certified in multiple states including a DOT CDL/HazMat. I began working full time as a fumigation-pest control tech in 2010. I achieved my Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) in 2018. I have a Master Tech certification from Kansas State University/Kansas Pest Control Association. I hold a Bat Management certification from NWCOA. Every day, I realize how much I DON’T KNOW. My goal for this blog is to share my every day experiences from the field and to make us all think outside the box for solutions to make pest control make sense.

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