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How to prevent bed bugs in dorm rooms

To prevent bed bugs in dorm rooms, it’s important to learn the signs of a bed bug infestation, cover mattresses and box springs, and report signs of bugs to a superior immediately.

Woman in a dorm room on bed

It’s also important to keep college students from spreading bed bugs in college and at home by:

  1. Inspecting luggage and suitcases for bed bugs
  2. Always covering mattresses with protective covers
  3. Inspecting second hand furniture for signs of bed bugs
  4. Inspecting room for signs of bed bugs before moving in or out

Bed bugs in colleges

Student housing is and always has been a prime target for bed bug problems. Because universities house individuals from all over the world that travel all the time, bed bug problems are prone to start at any time of the year. When it comes to bed bugs in dorms, it’s important to know where to look. Especially because most dorm room furniture is second hand, it’s important to stay vigilant about looking for signs of infestations. Keep an eye out for the following bed bug hot spots:

  • Beds
  • Couches
  • Communal areas
  • Chairs
  • Baseboards
  • Dressers
  • Clothing

Do college students bring bed bugs home?

Yes! When college students arrive home for the holidays or summer vacation, they occasionally (and unknowingly) bring bed bugs home with them. To prevent this, make sure your college student takes precautions in packing their suitcase, especially if it was used for other trips or traveling. Also be cautious when your college student is unpacking. Wash all clothing (even the clean ones) in a hot wash, steam-clean the suitcase, and store the luggage off the ground.

Keeping bed bugs away in college

No college student wants to deal with bed bugs on top of everything else! Learning the signs and communicating any suspicions of an infestation is extremely important. Bed bugs can easily spread from one dorm room to another, making it important to deal with the problem as soon as possible. By keeping a tidy room, covering your mattress, and taking care while traveling, you can protect yourself against the risk of an infestation.

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