Tips for Bed Bugs in Universities & Colleges

August 21, 2015 by Doug Moore

messed up college room

Do you have a young adult heading for college in the next several weeks?

If so, take a minute to read this information.

College populations are comprised of young adults from all over the country and from different socio-economic backgrounds.

Add that ingredient to the fact that college students are very social and spend a lot of time in each other’s dorm rooms and common areas and you have a recipe for a bed bug explosion.

Bed bugs thrive in universities because there are many people in a confined space. For instance, college dorm rooms can provide a perfect environment for an infestation. In fact, in a recent survey by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), 47% of pest control professionals indicated that they have encountered infestations of bed bugs in college dormitories. Here are the NPMA’s tips for preventing bringing bed bugs in school:

  • Fully inspect your suitcases prior to packing for school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Be sure that any clothes that may have been previously packed in the suitcase have been washed in hot water and detergent and dried on a hot setting.
  • Before putting your sheets on your dormitory bed, inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. If you see anything suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager.
  • Strongly consider using mattress and box spring encasements.  Not only will they prevent any bed bugs that are already in the mattress and box spring from biting your student; the encasements will cover over the multitude of convenient places bed bugs love to hide.  It’ll make looking to the telltale signs of bed bugs (fecal matter stains and blood smears) very easy to spot.
  • If you are considering bringing “secondhand” furniture to campus, properly inspect it to ensure that a pest problem, such as bed bugs, is not the reason for its “secondhand” status. If you see anything suspect, do not bring it to your dorm, apartment or house.

For more information about bed bugs, heat treatment, and canine bed bug scent detection, click here.

Check for more Blog articles on bed bugs in college dorms over the next couple of weeks.

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