Keep Bed Bugs From Going Back to School With College StudentsNPMA Staff
Monday, August 17, 2009National Pest Management Association Advocates Vigilance as
Students Return to Campus
As 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," said 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 licensed pest professionals to keep
these pests at bay."
NPMA offers these important tips to help prevent bed bugs from
taking up residence in college dorms:
- 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
anything suspect, do not bring it to campus.
For more information on preventing bed bugs or to find a local
pest professional, visit: www.pestworld.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit
organization with more than 6,000 members, was established in 1933
to support the pest management industry's commitment to the
protection of public health, food and property.