Are Bed Bugs Common in Dorm Rooms on College Campuses? How to Get Rid of These Pests
College drop offs are in full swing and bed bugs may be hitching a ride. With all the moving in and out, visitors coming and going, orientation runaround, tiny living spaces and interconnected communal spaces, college campuses are a perfect breeding ground for bed bugs. Bed bugs are small and flat and can easily crawl through cracks in walls or floors. They are also great at hiding in places we would never think of checking, like under electrical switch plates and loose wallpaper. Bed bugs also multiply at an alarming rate with one female laying 500 eggs during her life, making infestations grow quickly.
How to Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation
Make sure you do a thorough bed bug inspection of your doom room on the day you move in. These blood suckers like to find shelter close to their hosts. Lift the mattress, move the furniture and check headboards made of wood. Be on the lookout for live bugs, discarded shells and fecal matter resembling pepper flakes. You may notice tiny blood stains from occupants before you. Bed bugs also emit a sweet musty odor. It’s a smart idea to bring along a mattress encasement cover that is designed to keep bed bugs from coming into contact with you. You should also put one on your box spring and pillow too. Used textbooks have been found to be a means of travel for bed bugs, so examine them closely. Make sure to wash any used clothing purchased from thrift or consignment stores in hot soapy water before you wear them and keep clothing in garment bags. Before you leave to go back home check all the items that are going with you even if you haven’t had any issues with bed bugs. Leave any furnishings behind that may have harbored bed bugs. Minimize clutter so it’s easier to do routine inspections of your room and vacuum regularly. The used bag should be placed in another bag and taken outside immediately.
More Ways to Avoid Bed Bug Bites
To reduce the risk of having a bed bug infestation, try and resist the urge to grab furniture you may find on the side of the road. It may be a great way to save money but can be an easy way to bring an infestation to your room. Do not place your clothing or backpack on the floor. Try and hang these items up whenever possible to avoid picking up stray pests. Try not to have your backpack come into contact with other people’s backpacks. The same goes for purses and laptops.
Bed Bug Removal
The length of time it takes to eradicate a bed bug infestation depends on the level of infestation and the cooperation level of the student(s). If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your dorm room or around it, contact the proper authorities to have the problem taken care of. Because these pests are so difficult to find, treat and control, it’s in your best interest to avoid getting them in the first place. Bio-Tech Pest Control is highly qualified in dealing with bed bugs. Call us today for all your pest control needs!