Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs While Going Back To College
August 8, 2017
August has finally arrived and with it the prep work begins. In just a few short weeks, it will be time to deliver our favorite young adults to college either for the first time or to return them for another year of higher education. All over the country, parents are bursting with pride that their kids are headed out the door and on to a new adventure. But, there is a lot to do before that day arrives. Books need to be purchased, any leftover projects for summer need to be finished up, new clothes need to be bought, and an endless amount of packing needs to be done.
In the chaos that is returning to school, a lot of people forget that hidden inside dorm rooms all over the country there is a certain little critter that has been patiently waiting for the end of summer as well. In recent years the bed bug has done its best to spread across college campuses and into crowded dorms with a multitude of unsuspecting hosts to feed on. Hosts who likely are not thinking about bed bugs or anything that doesn’t include signing up for classes or reconnecting with friends from last year.
Whether you are taking your student to school for the first time or taking them back for their senior year, it is essential to know the signs of a bed bug infestation before they unpack. Before anyone puts a sheet on the bed, make sure that the mattresses are checked thoroughly for signs of bed bugs. You might see the tiny bug itself, no bigger than an apple seed. The bed bug is flat and oval shaped and generally brownish in color. They are not easy to see, so it might be helpful to have a flashlight handy. You might also see the shell of bed bugs that the juvenile ones have shed as they grew. Also, be on guard for tiny stains that could be feces left behind. Even if the bed is clear take a little more time to investigate all the nooks and crannies in the room such as other furniture and in the closets.
Remember, just because the room was clear when you moved in, does not mean it will stay that way. When you think about how many people are moving into the dorm there is a significant chance that at least one of those folks has brought along a bed bug or two that will eventually spread across the campus if no one is paying attention. Protect your student by providing bed bug proof mattress protectors when you unpack and make the bed. Then your student should make it a habit of storing items in sealed plastic bags whenever possible and not allowing their room to become too cluttered giving the bed bugs even more places to hide. All students should perform periodic checks of their rooms for bugs that might have found their way in and if they find anything suspicious, report it to administration right away.
When your student comes home for a break or even just to get some good home cooking and some laundry done, make sure that everything that they brought with them is inspected thoroughly. There is nothing better to a bed bug than finding a whole new place to call home. Wash everything that they brought home with them in hot water and dry it on a high heat setting if possible, including what they were wearing when they came in.
If bed bugs are discovered, give Moyer Pest Control a call. Moyer Pest Control has leading experts on staff who are ready and able to provide bed bug removal services to homes and commercial properties of any size. Our technicians will do a thorough inspection and work with you to determine the most effective and least invasive way to deal with a bed bug problem leaving your property bed bug free once again.