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Bed Bug Safety: Heading Back To College

July 26, 2016

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College dormitories are a high-risk zone for the spread of bed bugs because these blood-eating pests are hitchhikers. Not in the way that ticks and fleas hitchhike. You're not likely to pick a bed bug up while walking through some grass or wading through some tall bushes. These insects live almost entirely inside human structures. But when humans move around, bed bugs move with them. They hide in luggage, duffel bags, clothing, furniture, electronics, and other portable items. If you're heading back to college, where thousands of people go to and from their homes, it is important to know how to properly protect yourself.

The first thing you should understand is that bed bug preparedness isn't only going to protect you while you're living in the dorm. These pests don't just hitchhike in; they also hitchhike out. If you'd rather not bring a few bloodthirsty stowaways back home with you, this is a good article to keep on hand.

Top Tips For Bed Bug Detection

  • Bed bug bites. It may seem strange to put bed bug bites as our first detection tip--after all--you're looking to avoid getting bitten, right? But we're not talking about bed bug bites on you. You should be on the lookout for bed bug bites on other people. While it isn't always possible to recognize bed bug bites, sometimes it is easy. If you see bites that are in a row, as if one bug fed several times instead of several bugs feeding once, those may be bed bug bites. The best indication is if the bug bites look like mosquito bites, but have a large rash around them.

  • Identification. It is important to know what a bed bug looks like. Recognizing a bed bug can alert you to the danger of picking a bug up.

  • Feces, blood, and insect skins. If these bugs are infesting anything, you are going to find black streaks or patches of black, blood staining, and shed insect shells laying around.

  • Smell. Bed bugs release a pheromone scent that some describe as a wet locker room towel. If you're visiting a room that smells like this, you may want to stay on alert.

It only takes a little knowledge to significantly reduce the chances of bringing bed bugs home. But this is a pernicious pest that can be picked up in public transportation, public venues, and even in the homes and apartments of friends. Stay on alert, and if you do get bed bugs, be sure to have a pest professional take care of the problem. DIY bed bug control can be a nightmare.

If you live in our Pennsylvania service area let the bed bug experts here at Moyer Pest Control take care of the infestation quickly, effectively, and as discreetly as possible. This is one bug you can live without.

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