Keep Bed Bugs From Going Back to School With College StudentsNPMA Staff
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
By NPMA Staff
When students return to college campuses nationwide, many arrive
with memories of summer travel as well as some essential secondhand
furniture including mattresses, futons, dressers and more.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), this
combination poses serious concerns, as there has been a 71%
increase in reports of bed bugs
since 2001. While termed bed bugs, these nocturnal pests, when
introduced to new
environments, can spread quickly to infest sofas, chairs,
picture frames and other staples of college dorm décor.
"Bed bugs are opportunistic
and elusive pests," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for NPMA. "As students return from summers filled with
travel - which is often viewed as a central reason for this pests'
resurgence - and arrive with dorm furniture that can have an
unknown history, university facility managers must proactively
encourage student vigilance against bed bugs and work closely with
professionals to keep these pests at bay."
NPMA offers these important tips to help prevent bed bugs from
taking up residence in
- 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
- If you are considering bringing "secondhand" furniture to
campus, properly inspect it to insure that a pest problem, such as
bed bugs, is not the reason for its "secondhand" status. If you see
suspect, do not bring it to campus.