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The Best Way To Avoid Bed Bugs At College

August 31, 2016

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It is no secret that bed bugs love colleges. This pest, that was practically non-existent in the U.S. only a few years ago, is now affecting universities and colleges all across the country. Some experts believe that in as little as two years it may be hard to find a college or university that isn't dealing with bed bugs in student dormitories and housing. That is why it is important that all students be aware of the ways they can protect themselves, and others, from bed bugs.

Bed Bug Tips

  • Know what bed bugs look like. These insects can be as small as the tip of a pen when they first hatch. A newly hatched nymph will also be transparent in color, making them extremely difficult to see. If you know what bed bugs look like, you can reduce your chances of having to live with them.

  • Know what eggs look like. Bed bug eggs don't need the mother in order to hatch. So it is important to know what they look like. Bed bug eggs are about the size of a piece of dust, white in color, and usually found in the seams or folds of the items they are attached to.

  • Know what bites look like. If you're waking up with unexplainable bites, you may be dealing with an infestation. These bites resemble mosquito bites except they are not solitary and may also have a rash associated with them.

  • Don't pick them up. Every time you leave your dorm room or allow someone to come into your dorm room you risk getting bed bugs. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go anywhere or invite anyone into your room. Just be cautious. Be on the lookout for bed bugs when you go out--not just to fraternities, sororities, and other student's rooms, but when you travel by bus, taxis, and other forms of public transportation.

  • Be aware that bed bugs can be introduced to your room if you bring used furniture in.

  • Keep things clean. Bed bugs aren't attracted to filth, but they can hide better in a cluttered room. When you keep your room neat and clean, you’ll have an easier time seeing these pests if they happen to show themselves.

Bed bugs love college. Get to know these bugs better so that you can avoid the nightmare of battling an infestation.

Also, be aware that these bugs can create bad press for a college or university very quickly. So, you can know for sure that they will take appropriate measures to protect you. If you see or suspect a bed bug infestation, reach out to the student housing office immediately. They will let you know what step you need to take to protect yourself and others.

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