As summer comes to an end and students are preparing for school to start, college dorm rooms are starting to fill up. With bed bug infestations on the rise, students want to be sure they aren’t moving into an infestation. There are precautions that can be taken to avoid bringing bed bugs into your new college dorm room, and A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to point them out.
Visually Inspect for Bed Bugs
In a dorm setting, with housing quarters so close, a bed bug infestation can get out of control quickly. Often, students are in and out with numerous visitors a day, all of which can unknowingly bring in this invasive pest. The first thing you will want to do when you get to your new dorm, is give it a good and thorough inspection. You will want to utilize the use of a flashlight to illuminate those crevices and corners that bed bugs flee to during daylight hours. Check for dark or blood spots on the mattress, as well as the bugs themselves. They tend to hide in the cracks of furniture as well as beds.
Bed Bug Mattress Covers
There are bed bug proof mattress covers available in stores, which do a great job of keeping bed bugs out of your bed in your college dorm. There are also covers for your pillow and box spring. This keep bed bugs from setting up shop in your bed this year.
Bed Bugs Can Be in Used Furniture
When you are in college, it can seem like you hit the jackpot when you find a decent piece of used furniture. As tempting as this may seem, used furniture an often be infested with bed bugs. You will want to check it thoroughly before bringing it home. Giving it a deep clean is a good idea as well. One way to check for bits and pieces of cast skins on used furniture is to use a credit card. Firmly press the credit card as you swipe in along the surface of the furniture and in the cracks to make sure there are no signs of bed bugs on it.
Bed Bugs are Attracted to Clutter
Bed bugs are often drawn to cluttered areas, because there are more places for them to hide. If you keep your room clutter free, you will have a better chance at avoiding infestations.
Store School Backpacks etc Off the Floor
Store your backpack up off the ground when at all possible, especially when you are out in public. If you are using city transit or spending time in the public library, avoid your backpack touching other people’s belongings. Bed bugs are master hitch hikers and will take any chance they can get to travel from one host to the other.
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If you suspect you have any sign of a bed bug infestation, it is important to contact your building manager or landlord right away. Like stated above, an infestation can get out of control in no time at all. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control offers bed bug inspections and effective removal Call us to assist you with any and all of your pest control needs.