How to Prevent Bed Bugs in Dorm Rooms
The resurgence of bed bugs in previous years was mainly caused by the increase in travelling and various hotel stays. These pests are hitchhikers and will latch onto any of your belongings and will eventually inhabit your home. It is no surprise why bed bugs are one of the most invasive pests found in dorms. Many are becoming worried about potential bed bug issues in college dorm rooms as the school year starts.
Bed bugs can infest an entire dorm as they can move from one room to another by simply attaching themselves to school supplies and students’ backpacks. This is also applicable for those living in apartment buildings, which are known for bed bug infestations. If you are a student or a parent sending your child to dorms, you may want to arm yourself with the basic knowledge on how to deal with bed bugs just before the start of the school year.
Spotting A Bed Bug Infestation in the Dorm RoomWhether you are sending your child off to college or a student wanting to avoid bed bugs, there are precautionary measures you should know. Take the time to inspect your room and do the following:
- Full bed inspection
Most likely the dorm will already have a desk, a nightstand, a dresser, a bed frame and a mattress. If the mattress was left by the previous user, it is recommended that you inspect it closely prior to your first night of using it.
Using a flashlight, check all sides, bottom and top surfaces and all of the seams for signs of bugs. Next, check the bed frame. Look at the crevices and corners. You can easily spot these bugs and their eggs with the naked eye.
Check every piece of furniture inside the room.
Inspect the walls
What to Do If You Find Bed Bugs in Your DormThese are a few simple things that you can do if you find bed bugs in your dorm:
Let your RA or personnel with authority know about it.
Wash bedding and clothes
Make vacuuming a habit
Be more organized.
If your school offices responsible for these cases don’t act quickly, you should do your part in preventing these bed bugs from living in your dorm room. Be diligent in cleaning your room.
You can also be an advocate and warn other students of possible infestations. This will serve as a warning and let them do their part in acting upon this issue. Remember - the faster yourself and administration acts, the easier the process of getting rid of bed bugs.
Preventing Bed Bugs as You Return HomeIf you have already dealt with bed bugs before the school year has started, never assume that hitchhikers won’t be travelling with you as you are returning home. Try not to bring home bed bugs from the dorm by doing the following:
Make the garage or patio as the area for unpacking.
Put your luggage and bags outside and keep them in a sealed plastic bag.
Leave furniture pieces outside until you can inspect them completely.
Make use of all these tips as you return home from your dorm and prevent bed bugs from transferring and infesting your home.
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- Sheila Nicole