Bed Bugs Infest College Campus DormsJanay Rickwalder
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Pest experts often warn that college dorms provide the perfect
environment for bed
bug infestations. In fact, a 2011
survey by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
found 54 percent of pest control professionals had
encountered infestations of bed bugs in college
CNYCentral.com reports bed bugs have struck again – this time
infesting a dormitory at the Bryant and Stratton campus in
According to the NPMA, bed bugs thrive in universities because
there are often many people living in a confined space.
Fortunately, there are
tips that college students can follow to prevent encountering
this blood-sucking pest:
- Fully inspect suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to
school, especially if you have traveled during holiday breaks. Wash
all clothes, even those that haven’t been worn, in warm water.
- Thoroughly inspect the entire room including mattress seams on
beds, behind the headboard and in furniture. If you see anything
suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager.
- If you are considering bringing "secondhand" furniture to
campus, properly inspect it for telltale signs of bed bugs.