How to Prevent Bed Bugs in Dorm Rooms
College housing is a major hot spot for bed bugs, and much like in apartments they can quickly spread from unit to unit. So what can you do to protect yourself, or your adult child’s dorm room from getting infested? You can keep college students from spreading bed bugs by:
- Inspecting luggage for bed bugs while traveling
- Inspecting second hand furniture for bed bugs
- Cover mattresses with rip and tear-proof covers
- Checking rooms for bed bugs during move in and upon move out
Bed Bug Problems in Universities
Out of any other living space, student housing is one of the most vulnerable to bed bug infestations. It’s a large population of students from all over the world, many of whom travel from place to place throughout the year. And many college students furnish their rooms with second hand furniture, another major entrypoint for bed bugs. Because of that, it’s important for students to understand how to inspect their space and the furniture inside it for these parasitic pests.
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Can College Students Bring Bed Bugs Home?
One of the most common ways for a bed bug infestation to start in the home is through college students arriving from school. If you want to avoid this, you can make sure your college student takes precautions while packing their suitcase. And when they get home, wash all their clothes – even the clean ones – in hot water. If you can, steam-clean their luggage. Otherwise, just be sure to store it above ground.
Avoiding Bed Bugs in College
It’s crucial for college students to know the signs, and to be able to communicate potential infestations as soon as you spot them. With the way they’re able to spread, the sooner you can stop them the better. What you can do is cover your mattress, keep a clean room, and inspect your luggage while traveling. With all of that, you will significantly lessen the risk of bed bugs in your dorm.