OB Hostel Termite Tent Merely Precautionary

by on February 27, 2015 · 0 comments

in Culture, Environment, Health, Ocean Beach

OB Hostel tented Feb015Those who walk by the OB Hostel this week and think the place is either wrought with bugs or hosting a perverse carnival need not worry. The owners are tenting the place as a precautionary measure to protect against termites.

“Who doesn’t have termites in San Diego?” said Maria Argyropoulos-Minos, Chief Operating Officer of USA Hostels.

“That’s pretty much the way it works. Anytime you have a house, you tent it.”

The tent has been on the iconic building for much of the week, but should be down by mid-morning on Friday.

“We just want to make sure it’s safe and secure from the little buggers and this seemed like a good time,” she said.

Argyropoulos-Minos said it is part of a number of upgrades the company is making to the place since purchasing it late last year.

Those upgrades include painting and new furniture for dorm rooms, including new beds, as they get ready for the busy summer months.

“The nice thing is our new bunk beds are going to get delivered soon, in the next week or so, which will be really nice,” Argyropoulos-Minos said.

They are also making repairs on operations like the hot water system.

“It’s a process. It’s an old building,” she said.

They are also updating the back patio, changing some of the furniture while adding new umbrellas and hammocks for guests.

“We really want to create a back yard feel. It’s amazing what you can do with some paint and some new furniture,” she said.

And many of our readers will be happy to know the hippie paint job on the outside of the building is here to stay after they asked guests about it on surveys.

The overwhelming response was to keep it, so we’ll keep it for the foreseeable future,” she said. “We want to be a good neighbor. We really have embraced OB and we want to be there for the long haul.”

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