Attention College Students: Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The ever-famous line 'don't let the bed bugs bite' now has a
newfound significance. According to data gathered by the National
Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, bed
bugs are biting more than ever before.
The study, which surveyed U.S. pest management professionals,
found that bed bug encounters have become much more common in
public places than the previous year. In fact, one of the most
talked about statistics is that the numbers of professionals who
treated college dorms increased to 54 percent, up from 35 percent
Since bed bugs thrive in places where there are many people,
college dorm rooms and off campus housing can provide a
perfect environment for an infestation.
In order to prevent these creepy crawlers from ruining the
upcoming semester, we recommend following these tips:
- Fully inspect your
suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Repeat these steps after
every return trip to and from campus, whether it be for weekend
get-aways, trips home and especially when returning from holiday
and Spring Break.
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