Tips for Bed Bugs in Universities & Schools
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, the 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey conducted by NPMA found that 46% of pest control professionals 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 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 house.