How to Prevent Bed Bugs in Dorm Rooms
It makes sense that college dorm rooms and dormitory buildings are bed bug hotspots. The number of people going in and out, the shared laundry facilities, the shared walls: it all adds up to an ideal situation for bed bugs to enjoy a meal or hitch a ride to their next destination.
There’s not a lot that can be done to prevent them outright, but you can minimize the impact of an infestation. It all starts with having an understanding of bed bug behavior and an awareness of what they do and how they spread:
- Inspect any incoming or outgoing luggage and suitcases for bed bugs
- Use a rip-proof mattress protector on the mattress to prevent bed bugs from accessing the inside
- Scrutinize second hand furniture for signs of bed bugs before bringing it into the dorm – and before taking it out
- Spread awareness of bed bugs, their behavior, and how they spread to other students living in the dorm
- Inspecting the room for signs of bed bugs before moving in or out
Bed bugs at colleges and universities
Dormitories house hundreds of people from all over the world. That makes it inevitable that bed bugs will strike at some point.
The best thing you can do is protect yourself. Know where to look for bed bugs: beds, couches, chairs, baseboards, dressers. Notify your resident advisor at the first sign of trouble. The quicker you catch them, the easier it will be to solve the problem.
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Do college students bring bed bugs home?
Yes, this happens all the time. College students arrive home for the holidays or summer vacation and bring their creepy eight-legged roommates back with them.
To avoid this, if you have a college student coming home from the dorms, take the appropriate precautions. Inspect their suitcase and wash everything (even clean clothes) when they first arrive. And continue being vigilant about signs of bed bugs in your home.
If you suspect a possible bed bug presence, contact your local bed bug control experts for an inspection.
Avoiding bed bugs at college
Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely avoid bed bugs in a college dorm. There are too many other people and external factors at play. Your best bet is to have awareness of bed bugs, and be ready to notify the appropriate people when and if you do see some.